"Brinker, a renowned specialist in East Asian Buddhism, its art, and texts, marshals a range of sources, including extraordinary eyewitness accounts. The result is to make these familiar case-studies compelling. Summing Up: Recommended."
"Through the combination of art-historical studies with philological, archaeological and historical anthropological research, Brinker's work gives a valuable impetus for further investigation in the field of Buddhist art of Central Asia, China and Japan and at the same time opens up new dimensions and a wider geographic and historical scope for interdisciplinary research in Buddhist studies."
-Christian Jahoda, Social Anthropology