University of British Columbia:
|Will (Weiyu) LIN
||I transitioned from my undergraduate studies of Spanish and French literature to now study Buddhism. Despite the cleavage of disciplines, I am always driven by interests in cultural interaction and languages. In my current studies of Buddhism, I focus on acquiring solid knowledge of Asian languages (apart from literary Chinese, I am also working on Tibetan and, imminently, Japanese), resourceful research skills and certain fluency in theorization. I am at the early stage of my studies and still exploring the niche on which I would like to hone in.
||Ms. Sun has been studying Buddhist material culture for a few years. Her research focuses on the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha as Carved on the Cliffs in the Sichuan Area, on which topic she has several publications as book chapters and journal articles. They include “An Analysis on Factors of Light Circles and Treasure Ships of Transformation Tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha in Sichuan Area from the Tang and Five Dynasties (Chinese version published in Palace Museum Journal, with an extended English version published in the Studies in Chinese Religions), “An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha as Carved on the Cliffs in Sichuan Area from the Tang and Five Dynasties” (Study on the Grotto Arts), “An Analysis of the transformation tableaux of the Sutra of Visualizing Amitayus Buddha of Stone-carved in Dazu” (A Full Collection of the Stone Carvings in Dazu), and so on.
||Ms. Liu Qi is enrolled as MA student of Buddhist Studies. For her thesis she uses methods from cultural anthropology and religious studies in order to analyze contemporary practices of sky burial in the Autonomous Region of Tibet and adjacent regions. She currently visits with Professor James Laidlaw, holder of the William Wyse Professorship of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, with the goal of developing methodologies appropriate to her research.
She receives a one-year scholarship that helps defray her living expenses in Hamburg and Cambridge.
|Nelson Elliott Landry
|| Nelson Landry will begin reading his DPhil in Buddhist studies at Oxford University under the supervision of Professor Stefano Zacchetti. He is from Montreal, Quebec in Canada and first attended McGill University in Religious Studies. Having completed his studies in Canada, he spent the next four years of his educational career studying Mandarin, Classical Chinese as well as Chinese Buddhism at Peking University in Beijing, China. Thanks to the Glorisun Scholarship, he can further his study of Chinese Buddhism, specifically his studies on the Sui-Tang Dynasty Monk Daoxuan 道宣 (596-667). The aim of his project is to do a full or partial translation of Daoxuan’s Ji Shenzhou sanbao gantong lu 集神州三宝感通录, paying particular attention to different aspects of visionary experience in the text.