Through a Wisdom Eye
An Interview with Josh Bartok
By Gary Gach
Gutenberg’s Bible was the first book in Europe printed with movable type (circa 1455). Did you know? the first book printed with movable type, ever, was a collection of Buddhist texts, printed in 1377, in Korea — transcriptions of Dharma talks. Five centuries earlier, an edition of the Diamond Sutra became the oldest known dated printed book ever. To update our awareness and attempt a glimpse of what’s over the horizon for Buddhist book publishing, Patheos recently spoke with a leading exponent in the field, Josh Bartok, a senior editor at Wisdom Publications and a Zen priest.
Wisdom Publications is a nonprofit organization founded thirty years ago by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who, with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, also established the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Wisdom publishes books from all traditions of Buddhism.