Buddhism, Science and Technology – Panelists

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1 Justin BRODY (Goucher College)
Justin Brody is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. His main research is in artificial intelligence, specifically on the use self-models and neurosymbolic processing. A long student of Buddhism, he is also interested in interactions between Buddhist studies and mathematics as well as computer science. He is especially interested in dialogues between the latter disciplines and Buddhist philosophy as well as in ways to apply contemporary machine learning techniques to analyze Buddhist texts. He earned his doctorate in pure mathematics from the University of Maryland in 2009.
2 CHEN Ming 陳明 (北京大學)

CHEN Ming is currently a Professor and Head of the Department of South Asian Studies at Peking University. Since he was awarded a doctoral degree by Peking University in 1999, with a dissertation on Indian Medical Science, he has focused on the history of cultural communication between China and Central & South Asia in the Medieval Period, mainly but not exclusively in terms of medicine. His academic interests have also been extended to a study on Buddhist literature in Sanskrit-Chinese, and the influence of ancient South Asian literature on China. He has published six books all in Chinese as follows:
(1) On the Sanskrit Medical Book Siddhasāra (2002, 2014);
(2) Medical Manuscripts Discovered in Dunhuang and Western Regions: Foreign Medicine in Medieval China (2005);
(3) A Study on Sanskrit Medical Text of Jīvaka-pustaka from Dunhuang (2005);
(4) Foreign Medicine and Culture in Medieval China / (2013);
(5) Texts and Languages: A Comparative Study on Some Manuscripts Unearthed from the Silk Road and Early Chinese Buddhist Canon/ (2013);
(6) Indian Buddhist Mythology: Its Writing and Transmission (2016).

Now he is also interested in comparative study of Buddhist literature and vocabulary in Sanskrit and Chinese, and the transmission of tales and related images in pre-modern Eurasia. He has two funded projects: A collection of illustrated texts of ancient Eastern literature and related studies, and Studies on exchanges of culture and literature between China and South Asia in pre-modern period.

3 CHEN Jinhua 陳金華 (UBC)
Jinhua Chen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a professor of East Asian intellectual history (particularly religions) at the University of British Columbia, where he also served as the Canada Research Chair in East Asian Buddhism (2001–2011). He has received numerous grants and awards from major funding agencies for his work on East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio-)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations. Dr. Chen is a prolific author, having published six monographs, and co-edited ten books, and written over seventy book chapters and journal articles.
4 Celine CODEREY (National University of Singapore)
Dr Coderey is Research Fellow and Lecturer at the National University of Singapore. She received her M.A and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille 1 (France). Her field of expertise spans from medical anthropology and anthropology of the body, to anthropology of religion, but also to questions of identity in relation to artistic and cultural practices, heritage making and temporalities. Her research is mainly focused on Myanmar and neighboring Southeast Asian countries with a recent expansion also to Papua New Guinea and the Marquesas Island in French Polynesia. Her teaching includes the undergraduate interdisciplinary seminars Biomedicine and Singapore society; Time and Life; Skin, and courses in Medical Anthropology.
5 Kate CROSBY (Oxford)
Kate Crosby is the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford. She moved to Oxford from King’s College London, and previously held posts at the universities of Edinburgh, Lancaster, Cardiff and SOAS. She studied Sanskrit, Pali and other Buddhist languages, Indian religions and Buddhism at Oxford (MA and DPhil). She also studied at the universities of Hamburg and Kelaniya, as well as with traditional teachers in Pune, Varanasi and Kathmandu. She works on Sanskrit, Pali, and Pali-vernacular literature and on Theravada practice in the pre-modern and modern periods, including on the pre-modern meditation and its relationship to temporal technologies. Her publications include a translation and study of Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra (with co-author Andrew Skilton, 1994); Mahābhārata: The Women and the Dead of Night (2009); Traditional Theravada and its Modern-Era Suppression (2013); Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Identity, Diversity (2014); and  Esoteric Theravada: The Story of the Forgotten Meditation Tradition of Southeast Asia (2020).
6 Douglas DUCKWORTH (Temple University)
Douglas Duckworth, Ph.D. (Virginia, 2005) is Professor at Temple University. Duckworth is the author of Mipam on Buddha-Nature: The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition (SUNY 2008) and Jamgön Mipam: His Life and Teachings (Shambhala 2011). He also introduced and translated Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: Illuminating Emptiness in a Twentieth-Century Tibetan Buddhist Classic by Bötrül (SUNY 2011). He is a co-author of Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (Oxford 2016) and Knowing Illusion, vol. 1-2 (Oxford 2021). Duckworth is a co-editor of Buddhist Reponses to Religious Diversity: Theravāda and Tibetan Perspectives (Equinox 2020) and Readings of Śāntideva’s Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryāvatāra) (CUP 2019). He also wrote Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Mind and Nature (OUP 2019) and translated an overview of the Wisdom Chapter of the Way of the Bodhisattva by Künzang Sönam, entitled The Profound Reality of Interdependence (OUP 2019).
7 Jessica FALCONE (Kansas State University)
Dr. Jessica Marie Falcone is a professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. With a research orientation toward contemporary transnational Asian religious cultures, she has done fieldwork across Asia and its diasporas. Her first book, “Battling the Buddha of Love: the Greatest Statue Never Built,” about a controversial giant statue project in India, was published in 2018 by Cornell University Press. She is currently working on a monograph about the rich contemporary ritual and social life of a Soto Zen Buddhist temple in Hawai’i that was founded by Japanese migrants over a hundred years ago.
8 Imre GALAMBOS (Cambridge)
Imre Galambos specialises in the study of medieval Chinese manuscripts from sites in northwestern China. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation on the structure of Chinese characters in the pre-Qin period. For the following 10 years he worked for the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) at the British Library, as a result of which his research gradually shifted to medieval manuscripts from Dunhuang. Since 2012, he has been teaching at the University of Cambridge, where he is now Professor of Chinese. Among his main interests is the dynamics of the spread of texts and manuscripts along the multilingual networks known today as the Silk Roads. His books include Orthography of Early Chinese Writing (2006); Manuscripts and Travellers (co-authored with Sam van Schaik, 2012), Translating Chinese Tradition and Teaching Tangut Culture (2015), and Dunhuang Manuscript Culture (2020).
9 GAO Xi 高晞 (復旦大學)
復旦大學歷史學系教授, 博士生導師,中國科學技術史學會常務理事, 中國科學技術史學會醫學史專業委員會副主任, 《中國醫學大百科全書 醫學史卷》副主編。教學與研究方向:醫學史與科學技術史。主要從事中外醫學文化交流史、中國近現代醫學史和中國傳統醫學知識體系研究。國家冷門絕學「十九世紀以前歐洲科學家對中醫認知研究」項目負責人。出版專著《德貞傳——一個英國傳教士與晚清醫學近代化》、《步行者—聞玉梅傳》、《中外醫學文化交流史》(合著),主編《醫學與歷史》,普通高等教育「十三五」全國高等醫學院校本科規劃教材《醫學史》的副主編(2019年版),在海內外權威與核心刊物上發表論文。歷任哈佛大學燕京學社訪問學者、英國格拉斯哥大學、華威大學訪問學者、德國漢堡大學訪問學者、日本關西大學訪問學者以及法國高等社會科學院訪問學者。
10 Charles GOODMAN (Binghamton University)
Charles Goodman is a Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies at Binghamton University.  He is interested in ethics, metaphysics and epistemology in South Asian, Tibetan and Chinese traditions.  He is the author of Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics (2009) and a co-author of Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness (2016).  His translations from Sanskrit include The Training Anthology of Śāntideva (2016) and The Tattvasaṃgraha of Śāntarakśita: Selected Metaphysical Chapters (2022.) He has also published articles on Buddhist philosophy and on applied ethics.


11 Peter D.  HERSHOCK (East West Center)
PETER D. HERSHOCK is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program and Coordinator of the Humane AI Initiative at the East-West Center in Honolulu. His philosophical work makes use of Buddhist conceptual resources to address contemporary issues of global concern. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, Asian philosophy and contemporary issues, including: Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age; Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence; Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future; and Buddhism and Intelligent Technology: Toward a More Humane Future. His most recent book is Consciousness Mattering: A Buddhist Synthesis (forthcoming).
12 Jeffrey KOTYK (University of Bologna)
Jeffrey Kotyk is presently an Associate Researcher at the University of Bologna in Ravenna, Italy, working on an EU-funded project, Sino-Iran, which investigates religious, diplomatic, and cultural relations between Iran and China in late antiquity. He has published on diverse topics such as Chinese Buddhist historiography, as well as Buddhist engagement with astronomy and astrology in premodern contexts.
13 LHAMOKYI  拉毛吉 (西藏大学)

Lhamokyi(La maoji), An associate researcher of Center for Tibetan Studies at Tibet University, a master supervisor of Ethnology (Anthropology), a member of Tibetan Astrological Science and Calendar Association, mainly research on Tibetan astrological science and its history and culture. In charge of 7 projects of Astrological science, for example, the project of the National Social Science foundation of China “Researching on traditional Tibetan astrological science” “Collect and Collate the Bon Tibetan Astrological Science Literatures and Manuscripts”, the project of The Social Science Foundation of the Ministry of Education “Research on Labrangdus ’khorgrwatshang”. Published the book Pure land of dus ’khor: researching on Labrangdus ’khorgrwatshang. Published more than ten papers related to astrological science.

14 LI Ling 李翎 (四川大学)
 李翎,女,遼寧大連人,現居住於北京。1987年本科畢業於魯迅美術學院裝潢專業、1992年碩士畢業於魯迅美術學院美術理論專業,畢業後留校任教,1998年於魯迅美術學院破格晉升副教授。2002年畢業於中央美術學院,獲博士學位,同年入職中國國家博物館,為研究館員。 2018年入職四川大學,現為四川大學道教與宗教文化研究所研究員,博士生導師。研究領域為中印佛教藝術。2013-2014年,為以色列國家高級研究院《漢藏文化研究團》特邀研究員,於耶路撒冷工作一年。2017年、2018年,兩次訪學印度尼赫魯大學。近年多次踏察印度、巴基斯坦、東南亞,關注中印佛教藝術的的源與流問題。 已出版專著(包括合著、譯著)18部、論文115篇。
15 LIANG Chenxue 梁辰雪 (复旦大学)
梁辰雪是復旦大學文史研究院的博士後。她在復旦大學獲得了碩士學位,之後在京都大學研究中國歷史,並於2020年獲得博士學位。她的博士論文探討了中國陰陽書的編纂過程,以及這些書在引入日本後的發展和傳播。在國內外發表過多篇研究論文、翻譯和書評。她的最新文章題為「Calling back the soul: From apocryphal Buddhist sutras to Onmyōdō rituals」(《招魂:從佛教偽經到陰陽道祭祀》),已發表在Religions期刊上。她正在將博士論文修改為書稿,並展開第二個研究項目,研究陰陽道的祭祀文獻與祭祀儀式。
16 Bill MAK (University of Hong Kong)
Bill M. Mak is Director of Chinese Research Center, the ISF Academy, Fellow of the Jao Tsung-I Petit Ecole, University of Hong Kong, Research Associate of the Needham Research Institute, Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge University. He completed his linguistic training at McGill University (B.A. Hons.) in 1996, specialising in Sanskrit and East Asian languages. His areas of research include history of science in Asia, historical Sino-Indian cultural contact, and Buddhist philology. After he received his Ph.D. in Indian languages and literature from Peking University in 2010, he held several research and teaching positions in Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), Germany (Hamburg University), and Japan (Kyoto University). Mak has authored over 30 academic articles in peer-reviewed journals and is co-editor of Overlapping Cosmologies in Asia, published recently by Brill. He is now completing a book project titled Foreign Astral Sciences in China, from Six Dynasties to Northern Song, to be published by Routledge under the Needham Research Institute Monograph Series.
17 NIU Weixing 鈕卫星 (中国科学技术大学)
18 Inken PROHL (Heidelberg University)
Inken Prohl is Professor of Religious Studies at Heidelberg University (since 2006). For several years she has been conducting fieldwork in Japan and Germany. Her research interests focus on modern transformations of Buddhism, approaches of ‚Material Religion’, and religion and artificial intelligence.

Together with John Nelson she published the The Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (Leiden: Brill 2012). Her publications also include Religiöse Innovationen: Die Shinto-Organisation World Mate in Japan (Berlin: Reimer, 2005), Zen für Dummies (Weinheim: Wiley 2010), and „Globalized Forms of Buddhist Practice“. In: The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice, eds: Kevin Trainor und Paula Kane Robinson Arai (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022).

19 Stuart Ray SARBACKER (Oregon State University)
Stuart Ray Sarbacker is a Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University (USA). His work centers on the relationships between the religious and philosophical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, especially with respect to mind-body discipline (yoga). He has written three books, including Samādhi: The Numinous and Cessative in Indo-Tibetan Yoga (SUNY Press), The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), and Tracing the Path of Yoga: The History and Philosophy of Indian Mind-Body Discipline (SUNY Press). He is a co-founder of the American Academy of Religion’s Yoga in Theory and Practice unit. Professor Sarbacker is an active yoga practitioner and teacher, having trained extensively in in India, Japan, and the United States.
20 Robert SHARF (UC Berkeley)
Robert Sharf is D. H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Chair of Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies, and Interim Director of the Institute for East Asian Studies. He works primarily on medieval Chinese Buddhism (especially Chan), but has also published in the areas of Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist art and archaeology, Buddhist modernism, Buddhist philosophy, and methodological issues in the study of religion. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is author of Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise (2002), What Can’t Be Said: Contradiction and Paradox in East Asian Thought (coauthored with Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, and Graham Priest, 2021), and co-editor (with Elizabeth Horton Sharf) of Living Images: Japanese Buddhist Icons in Context (2001).
21 SHI Baoguo 時保國 (中央民族大學)
時保國,男,博士,中央民族大學經濟學院講師。研究方向為空間分析方法及其在社會科學領域中的應用。近年來主持國家社科基金、教育部人文社科基金、國家民委民族研究項目以及中央高校基本科研業務經費項目10余項。在《International Journal for Equity in Health》《BMC Geriatrics》《Frontiers in Public Health》《BMC Public Health》《Energy Reports》《中央民族大學學報》等SSCI/SCI收錄期刊或中文核心期刊發表相關學術論文40余篇,SSCI/SCI論文累計影響因子超過100分。
22 SHI Jizhen 釋寂真 (稽山書院)
僧寂真,俗名金星晨,男, 浙江金華人,本科學歷(佛學院)。2016 年至 2 022 年間于中國佛學院普陀山學院學習預科及本科課程, 獲得「優秀畢業生 」「優秀畢業論文 」等榮譽, 並 數次獲得學院 所設立 之 「妙善獎學金 」。現 為 會稽山佛學高等研究院(稽山書院) 在讀研究生
23 SONG Shenmi 宋神秘 (上海中醫藥大學)
宋神秘,女,上海中醫藥大學副研究員,1982年生,上海交通大學科學史與科學文化研究院理學博士,2014年進入上海中醫藥大學從事科學技術史的教學和研究工作,直至今日。其中,2013年參加第一屆復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心「佛教與中國宗教」國際研修班,2014年獲德國馬克斯·普朗克(Max-Planck)科學史研究所 「英文出版計畫」專案獎學金,赴柏林訪問交流。主要研究方向為唐宋時期的天文學史、醫學史和科學技術史,主持教育部人文社會科學研究青年課題1項(已結項),上海市哲學社會科學青年課題1項(已結項),先後參與國家社科重大課題2項,國家社科一般課題1項(已結項),在天文學史和科技史領域發表中英文學術論文若干篇,專著2本(合著),翻譯學術專著1部,作為副主編參與《中華大典·天文典》的編纂。目前為中國科學技術史學會會員,中國科學技術史學會天文學史專業委員會會員,上海科學技術史學會會員。
24 Christopher TONG 唐思凱  (UMaryland, Baltimore 馬里蘭大學, 巴爾的摩)
Christopher K. Tong is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County near Washington, DC. He publishes on the interplay between culture, politics, and ecology, and has given invited presentations at universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA. In 2023-2024, Dr. Tong will be a visiting fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, where he will research the history of evolutionary science in the United States. Dr. Tong was awarded a China Studies Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies in 2021-2022 and was selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in 2018-2019 to conduct archival research in Nanjing, China. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Tong formerly chaired the American Society for Environmental History’s Meeting Sites Committee and Modern Language Association’s Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum.

唐思凱畢業於斯坦福大學,2014年在加州大學戴維斯校區獲得比較文學博士,曾是聖路易市華盛頓大學東亞語文系的博士後研究員。現任馬里蘭州大學亞洲研究系及現代語文系副教授,以生態環境意識和科學史為主要研究範疇,經常在哈佛、斯坦福及UCLA等著名大學發表演講。2018-2019年,唐博士被選為富布賴特 (Fulbright) 研究學者,代表美國參與中美學術交流,旅居南京進行歷史文獻的研究工作。2021-2022年,獲得美國學術團體協會 (American Council of Learned Societies) 頒發研究獎項。2023-2024年,將在美國哲學學會 (American Philosophical Society) 以訪問學者的名銜進行科學史的研究工作。除了科研和教學,唐博士經常為學術期刊審閱文章,並曾擔任美國環境歷史學會 (American Society for Environmental History) 會議地點委員會的主席及現代語言學會 (Modern Language Association) 現當代中文論壇的主席。

25 WANG Dawei 王大偉 (四川大學)
26 WU Hua 吳華 (四川大學)
27 ZHANG Meiqiao 張美僑 (浙江大學歷史學院)
28 ZHAO You 趙悠 (北京大学)
Zhao You is currently assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the figure of Vimalakīrti from the Indic to the Chinese context. Apart from the transmission of Buddhism in the 2-5th century, she also has special interests in early Indian metaphysics and linguistic philosophy. Currently, she has carried out a project on the chapter of time from the Vākyapadīya (On Sentence and Word) with the support of National Social Science Funds for Junior Scholars. Her recent publications include: “Oneself as Another: Yantraputraka Metaphors in Buddhist Literature” (Religions, 2023); “The Moving Feast: Reading into the Fragrant Chapter of the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa” (IJBTC, 2021); “The Wheel Unturned: A Study of the Zhuan falun jing (T109)” (JIABS, 2020); “Time in Early Indian Philosophy: From Patañjali to Bhartṛhari” (Foreign Philosophy, 2018); she is also a co-translator of The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture by John Kieschnick.
29 ZHOU Liqun 周利群 (北京外国語大學)
Dr. ZHOU Liqun an associate professor in Sanskrit and Pali at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has published one monography and a dozen of articles on the history of astronomy and Buddhist literature. She visited the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge (in 2017-18) as the Li Foundation of New York fellow for one year. She organized online and offline conferences and lectures every year. For the future years, she serves Commission of History of Ancient and Medieval Astronomy (CHAMA) and Indian Literature Councils as councilor.