Visiting Scholars

Scholars visiting University of British Columbia

  • August 2019–October 2019. LIU Yi (Capital Normal University)

Liu Yi is professor and Dean of School of History at Capital Normal University and also the secretary of the Association of the Dunhuang and Turpan studies in China. His research interests include the Dunhuang studies and the medieval history of religion. For the past 20 years, he has been working on the history of Daoism and the Daoist scriptures. In terms of the former, he challenges the historical paradigm in which the sect of the Celestial Masters came directly down from the sect of the Five Pecks of Rice in the early Daoist history. In terms of the latter, he has specialized in the studies of such Daoist texts as Scripture on Great Peace, Xiang’er’s Commentary on Laozi, and Classic on Laozi’s Conversion of the Barbarians, and the Lingbao Scriptures of the Six Dynasties. He has recently shifted his research to the medieval Buddhist studies and is especially interested in the issue of the “Age of Dharma Decline.” He has published about 110 research articles, book reviews, and translated articles and 6 books and collected volumes. The latest books include Historical Research on the Daoist Guling Baojing in the Six Dynasties (2018) and Research on the History and Scriptures of the Daoism in the Han and Tang Dynasties: Selected Works of Liu Yi (2015).

While visiting University of British Columbia, Prof. Liu Yi will deliver a lecture titled “The Dates of Buddha in Chinese Buddhist Resources: Their Bases and Influences”.

 

  • August 2018–August 2019. LI Huqun (China University of Political Science and Law)

Professor Huqun Li is an associate professor at the School of Humanities at China University of Political Science and Law. He was a visiting scholar at Ghent University in 2011. Dr. Li’s areas of specialization include Chinese Philosophy, Buddhism, Confucian Philosophy in Modern and Contemporary China, Philosophy of Religion, Chinese Arts (especially Guqin (Zither) and Kunqu Opera). He has written two books: Traditional Confucianism & Buddhism and Modern Society (2018) and Lectures on Chinese Philosophy (2018), as well as several peer-reviewed articles.

While visiting University of British Columbia, Prof. Huqun Li delivered a lecture titled “On Chinese Qin and Chan Buddhism Literature: to learn from the performance of Guqin”.

 

  • October 2018. XUAN Fang (Academy for Advanced study of Religion, Renmin University of China)

Professor Fang Xuan is a research fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Religion, Renmin University of China, as well as the executive member of Journal of Religion. His main academic interests focuses on Chinese Buddhist meditative tradition and Modern Chinese Buddhism particularly Humanistic Buddhism (Renjian fojiao), in which fields he published a book and more 40 articles. He is also the guest professor of many Buddhist academic institutes.

While visiting University of British Columbia, Prof. Xuan Fang delivered a lecture titled “From Tranquility (ji 寂) to Illumination (zhao 照): The Jizhao Temple in the Context of Social Changes in Dali Prefecture”.

 

  • October 2018. GONG Jun (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Professor Gong Jun is currently based in the Department of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China). His research interest covers Chan Buddhism, the intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism, and Chinese philosophy. Gong has authored a number of influential monographs such as Dacheng qixin lun yu Foxue zhongguohua (The Awakening of Faith and Sinolization of Buddhism, 2001), and Chanshi gouchen (Essays Investigating the Hidden Historical Facts about Chan Buddhism, 2006). Overall, Gong’s work demonstrates a very fine combination of philosophical debates with textual analysis.

While visiting University of British Columbia, Professor Gong Jun delivered a lecture titled “Taixu’s Global Buddhist Movement and his Discourse on Civilization: A Study Centered around the 1920s”.

 

  • July–August 2018. Weijen TENG (Dharma Drum Institute)

Professor Weijen Teng currently teaches at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan. He completed his BA degree in Pali and Theravada Buddhism at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, MA in Sanskrit at University of Poona, India. He then enrolled in another MA program in Religious Studies at University of Chicago, and lastly received his PhD in Religious Studies at Harvard University. Professor Teng’s research interests include Buddhist Theory of Mind and Meditation, Intellectual History of Chinese Buddhism, and more recently Buddhism and modernity.

While visiting University of British Columbia, Professor Weijen Teng delivered a lecture titled “On the strategy and method of Kuiji’s(632-682) exegetics”.

 

  • August–November 2017. Venerable Dr. SHENG Kai (Tsinghua University)

Venerable Dr. Sheng Kai is a professor in the Philosophy Department of Tsinghua University, the executive director of the Buddhist Association of China, and a graduate teacher of Buddhist Academy of Putuo Mount, Zhejiang Province. He is the author of following books: The Buddhist Ritual of China, Study on the Confessional Ritual of Chinese Buddhism, The Buddhist Confessional Thought, Study on the School of Mahayana-samuparigraha-sastra. He specializes in Buddhist Confession, Buddhist Pure Land Thought, Yogacara Buddhism and Tathagatagarbha Buddhism. While visiting North America, Venerable Dr. Sheng Kai delivered a lecture entitled “The Philosophy and Practice of Buddhist Confession in the Song Dynasty”, at University of British Columbia, and also at partner universities Princeton and Yale.

 

Scholars visiting Cambridge University

  • September–December 2018. Lina WANG (National Library of China/Peking University)

Lina Wang is currently an associate professor of National Library of China. She serves as an editorial board member of Hualin boshi wenku (Hualin Doctoral Dissertation Series) and is associate editor-in-chief of Fojiaoshi yanjiu (Historical Studies of Buddhism). Her research focuses on Buddhism and Buddhist literature, and Buddha’s biographies literature. Specifically, she is in charge of the “Research on the Da Jianfusi Temple”, part of the research on the Chang’an Buddhism and the Silk Road in the Tang Dynasty (15AZJ003). She is also focused on “Research on the relationship between Japanese Buddhism and the Chinese Patriarchal Temples”,  part of the Study on the Patriarchal Temples in Chinese Buddhism.

 

  • February–April 2017. WANG Yong (Zhejiang University)

Dr. Wang Yong is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University. He is currently serving as Chair Professor of East Asian Studies, director of the Institute for Japanese Culture Studies, vice president of Chinese Society for Historians of China’s Foreign Relations, and the Chinese Association for Japanese Studies in adjunct. Dr. Wang has worked on the history and culture of Japan and the history of cultural exchanges in East Asia, and created the theory of Book-Road. He directed the Major Bidding Program for the National Social Science Foundation of China, a Major Program for Humanities and Social Science Base of the Ministry of Education of PRC, and the Major Project Translation and Publication of Chinese Cultural Works for the Information Office of the State Council of PRC.

 

Scholars visiting Oxford University

  • October 2018–September 2019. XIANG Ben (Buddhist Academy of China)

Venerable Dr. Ben Xiang is a lecturer at the Buddhist Academy of China in Beijing, China. His research field is Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism. In 2013, he was admitted into the doctoral program at the Bukkyō University to conduct his researches on the Sanskrit text of the Bodhisattvapitaka Sutra. He spent the following five years studying at the university, editing and translating the Sanskrit version of the Bodhisattvapitaka Sutra into Japanese, and combining the Chinese, and Tibetan versions of the Bodhisattvapitaka Sutra along with the translated Sanskrit text into one single text. In March 2018, he completed his Ph.D. studies and was awarded his doctoral degree at the Bukkyō University.

 

  • April–June 2018. WEI Bin (Wuhan University)

Wei Bin is professor of history at Wuhan University and selected scholar for Changjiang Scholars Program (Young Scholars), Ministry of Education of China (April 2017). He studied at Wuhan University and received his BA from the Department of Library Science (1998), his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of History (2001, 2004). Since then he has been working at Wuhan University. His current research interests focus on two topics: 1) Regional History and Local Memory of Early Medieval China; and 2) Cultural Landscapes of Mountains of Early Medieval China.

 

 

  • December 2017. FUNAYAMA Toru (Kyoto University)

Funayama Toru is currently a professor of Buddhist studies at Kyoto University. His research mainly covers two different areas in the history of Buddhism. One is Chinese Buddhism from the fifth century to seventh century, a period from the late Six Dynasties period up to early Tang; his focuses are on the formation of Chinese Buddhist translation and apocrypha, spread of the notion of Mahāyāna precepts, the exegetical tradition on the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra, and more. The other is philological and philosophical issues in Buddhist epistemology and logic in India from the fifth century to tenth century, particularly Kamalaśīla’s (the late eighth century) theory of perception.

 

  • December 2017. Jonathan SILK (Leiden University)

Jonathan Silk is a professor in the Study of Buddhism in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. In 2010 he was awarded a VICI grant from the NWO (Dutch National Science Foundation) for the  project: “Buddhism and Social Justice.” In 2016 he was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen [KNAW]). He is currently the principal investigator of the ERC Project “Open Philology,” focusing on the Mahāratnakūṭa collection. Professor Silk co-led a workshop on the topic of “Mahāyāna and the Precepts: Readings from the Fanwan jing and the Baoliangju jing (Ratnarāśisūtra)” with Professor Funayama Toru (Kyoto University) in December 9, 2017. This workshop was partially supported by the Glorisun Fund.

 

Scholars visiting the University of California, Berkeley

  • November, 2016–2017, ZHAN Ru (Peking University)

Zhan Ru is a professor in Peking University’s School of Foreign Languages. Additionally, he is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China and vice president of the Peking University Orientalism Research Institute. His areas of research include: Buddhist and Buddhist literature, the Indian Ministry of Buddhism, Dunhuang Buddhism, Buddhist system.

 

 

 

Scholars visiting Princeton University

  • December 2018. HAO Chunwen (Capital Normal University)

Professor Hao is a senior professor of the School of History at Capital Normal University, also serving as the head of the university’s Institute of Historical Studies. He received his doctorate in History in 1999 from the Department of History at Capital Normal University. His main areas of research are Dunhuang Documents, Buddhism in China, and Chinese History, especially from the third to thirteenth century. In the past few decades, he has published several monographs on various related topics, served as chief editor for several newsletters and journals, actively participated in academic conferences and visits. While visiting Princeton, Professor Hao delivered a lecture titled “Rethinking the Structure and Typology of Liturgical Texts from Dunhuang”.

 

  • 2017. WANG Bangwei (Peking University)

Bangwei Wang is professor and director of the Research Centre of Eastern Literature, the Centre for India Studies and the Institute of Oriental Studies of Peking University, China. Since 1983 he has published a number of academic books and articles, mostly in Chinese in China, some also in English in Germany, France, India, Sweden, Estonia, Holland, Nepal and in Japanese in Japan. His research works cover textual studies of Buddhist literature, history of Buddhism and Sino-Indian cultural interactions. He is now a member of the Governing Board of Nalanda University in India.

 

 

Scholars visiting Yale University

  • April 2017. Jinping WANG (National University of Singapore)

Jinping Wang is an assistant professor of History at the National University of Singapore. She is a social-cultural-political historian of pre-modern China, and holds a Ph.D. from Yale University (2011). Her research interests include Chinese history, Chinese religions, regional studies, and the Mongol-Yuan and Ming Empires. Her first book In the Wake of the Mongols will be published by Harvard in 2018. Dr. Wang is currently working on two new projects, “Cultural history of Quanzhen Daoism” and “Empire on the Ground: A Social History of Ming-Mongol Relations in the Northern Frontiers.”

(Photo and text from Professor Wang’s NUS official webpage: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/About-Us/Faculty.html)

 

  • August–November 2017. HAO Chunwen (Capital Normal University):

Professor Hao is a senior professor of the School of History at Capital Normal University, also serving as the head of the university’s Institute of Historical Studies. He received his doctorate in History in 1999 from the Department of History at Capital Normal University. His main areas of research are Dunhuang Documents, Buddhism in China, and Chinese History, especially from the third to thirteenth century. In the past few decades, he has published several monographs on various related topics, served as chief editor for several newsletters and journals, actively participated in academic conferences and visits.

He delivered two lectures at Yale University: “Interactions between Indian and Chinese Culture in Buddhist Monasteries in 9th-10th Century Dunhuang”, and “Traditional Community Associations (she 社) and Buddhism in Medieval China”.

 

  • August–November 2017. Ven. Dr. SHENG Kai (Tsinghua University)

Venerable Dr. Sheng Kai is a professor in the Philosophy Department of Tsinghua University, the executive director of the Buddhist Association of China, and a graduate teacher of Buddhist Academy of Putuo Mount, Zhejiang Province. He is the author of following books: The Buddhist Ritual of China, Study on the Confessional Ritual of Chinese Buddhism, The Buddhist Confessional Thought, Study on the School of Mahayana-samuparigraha-sastra. He specializes in Buddhist Confession, Buddhist Pure Land Thought, Yogacara Buddhism and Tathagatagarbha Buddhism. While visiting North America, Venerable Dr. Sheng Kai delivered a lecture entitled “The Philosophy and Practice of Buddhist Confession in the Song Dynasty”, at Yale University, and also at partner universities Princeton University and University of British Columbia.