"A must read for any reader interested in Buddhist arts and architecture, or the history of East Asian religious traditions, Building a Sacred Mountain is a superb piece of scholarship and a model of appreciation for the integral relationships between religion and the arts."
"Reflects a remarkably ambitious and rigorous scholarly undertaking. It illustrates the reciprocal relationship between a unique geographic phenomenon and a sensitive and enlightened human response. The wide-ranging and exhaustive research that supports this book will give it enduring value to a wide range of scholars. Ê"
"[T]he overall themes of visions, buildings, and pilgrimage that run throughout this beautifully illustrated, meticulously documented book are consistently compelling: there was, Lin demonstrates, much more to building Wutai than buildings."
-John Kieschnick, Journal of Asian Studies
"As Lin's insightful work makes abundantly clear, through the ontology of Wutaishan-from mountain, to monastery, to mandala, to mural, and from vision to built environment-Mount Wutai was always something like a 'virtual mountain.'"
-Johan Elverskog, American Historical Review
"[A] rich and nuanced historicization of Mount Wutai's ascent and transformations from the third through the tenth century, and an insightful account of the ever-shifting and contextual grounds of sacred geography. Lin's book is a substantial contribution to the recent wave of scholarship on Mount Wutai, but it's impact will be felt well beyond the borders of this subfield. . . . Elegantly written and produced. . . . [A] careful reader is rewarded with an expanded vista from which to see the Foguang Monastery, and through which to enter the field of sacred geography anew."
-Wen-shing Chou, Monumenta Serica