"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