A book review is presented for Reed Criddle, ed., Chanting the Medicine Buddha Sutra: A Musical Transcription and English Translation of the Medicine Buddha Service of the Liberation Rite of Water and Land at Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music 13. Philip V. Bohlman, general editor. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2020. 77 pages.

Author Biography

Jeffrey W. Cupchik (Ph.D., M.A., B.Mus.) is a Trudeau Fellow, ethnomusicologist, author, musician, and educator. He is currently Sessional Faculty Professor in the Department of Music with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University. He is also an alumnus of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music (Theory and Composition) program, and an active composer and improviser.

Formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, he has designed and taught courses on research methodology and ethics at CIHTS (CUTS, Varanasi) and CIBS (Ladakh) as well as at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (NY), the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, and St. John Fisher College (NY).

His articles have been published in leading journals such as in the Yale Journal of Music & Religion, Asian Music and Popular Music History.

His monograph, The Sound of Vultures' Wings: The Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Ritual of Machik Labdrön, forthcoming (Jan. 2023) with SUNY Press, maps the performative architecture and "sonic iconography" in the Chöd system of ritual music meditative practices, revealing the enactive symbolism that can guide the practitioner to psychophysical transformation.

An innovator in the field of music and health studies, he first designed and taught a curriculum in music and well-being in 2005. Having studied closely with Buddhist masters for over 25 years, he contributes a unique perspective to cultivating well-being through music and meditation in daily life. To learn more, and listen to his music, visit www.jeffreycupchik.com.

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