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The background to this project comes from a recent donation made by the Glorisun Charitable Foundation to support establishing a peer-reviewed, academic journal to be published in English (and its Chinese version), on the subject of East Asian Buddhist Studies. Scholars serving on the editorial board are all affiliated partner universities of the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies which includes Peking University in East Asia, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of Hamburg in Europe, and Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley and the University of British Columbia in North America. They have collaborated on many projects, including organizing conferences and graduate student training workshops in East Asia. These scholars seek to disseminate some of the pioneering findings from a partnership grant project (2016-2023), From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC). Teams from FROGBEAR consist of international researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and religious professionals on the ground. They utilize interdisciplinary approaches to varied visual and textual sources studied in situ to bring to light new material preserved across East Asia to address new ground-breaking research and generate new insights about comparatively familiar sources.
The FROGBEAR project will contribute one portion of the research published in the proposed journal. The goal is to establish a longstanding, first-rate, peer-reviewed, academic journal to focus attention on historical, textual, sociopolitical issues related to the study of East Asian Buddhism using interdisciplinary, multi-sourced, multi-media and cross-cultural approaches.