C. Pierce Salguero

C. Pierce Salguero

Pierce Salguero is a transdisciplinary scholar of health humanities who is fascinated by historical and contemporary intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and cross-cultural exchange. He has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2010), and teaches Asian history, medicine, and religion at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. He is the author of Buddhish: A Guide to the 20 Most Important Ideas for the Curious and Skeptical and A Global History of Buddhism & Medicine, both published in 2022.

Recent Articles

Are the Dharma’s Healing Powers Just Placebo?

There are healing practices and rituals found across Buddhist traditions that reinforce the notion of the healing power of dharma. Dr. C. Pierce Salguero asks, what's behind the Buddhist approach to healing and medicine? Is the healing power of dharma simply placebo or something more?

The Bird in the Cage Dilemma

C. Pierce Salguero contemplates the karmic framework in Buddhism, and how it informs life's ethical dilemmas. 

Tuning In: A Buddhist Subtle Energy Practice for Anxiety

What does your body tell you when you're anxious? C. Pierce Salguero explains how Buddhist practice can help us tune in when strong emotions arise.