Visiting Students

University of British Columbia




Shoucheng SHEN (Capital Normal University): “The impact of political families in the Dunhuang Buddhist community”

December 2019 – March 2020

Shoucheng Shen’s Ph.D. research examines education in Dunhuang district in Sui and Tang dynasties Chinese society, with particular attention to Buddhist monastic education. Most of his research data comes from Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of important religious and secular documents discovered in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China, in the early 20th century.

The FROGBEAR project houses a digital repository of Buddhist and East Asian religious material culture and texts, and he hopes to find some specific materials in this database. By identifying and analyzing relevant new textual sources, he will examine how local political families impacted the Buddhist community. From the kinship ties perspective, I will study the internal causes that forced and shaped the religious orientation and transformation of the whole family.

Xinglong ZHAI (Capital Normal University): “The Research on the Application of the Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha among the Chinese Buddhist Sangha”

November 2019 – February 2020

Xinglong Zhai is a student at Capital Normal University, School of History. His Ph.D. dissertation explores the existence and textual records of Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha. His research proposes to investigate Chinese Buddhist apocryphal texts and to carefully observe their recorded variations in different historical catalogues and records, as well as the patterns of writing and methods of content fusion existent in such texts. (Supervised by Liu Yi 劉屹). Previous studies include:

  • September 2013-July 2016: China West Normal University, School of History. MA (Chinese History) in July 2016 with an MA thesis on a Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha text which was found in Dunhuang. (Supervised by Wang Xuemei 王雪梅).
  • September 2007-July 2011: North Minzu University, School of Literature & History. BA (Chinese Language & Literature) in July 2011.

Qing ZHANG (Sichuan University)

October 2019 – September 2020

Qing ZHANG is a Ph.D. candidate at Sichuan University with a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Sichuan University. Her research tends to analyze the Body Perspectives of Chinese Buddhist Scriptures based on the Spread of Indian and Chinese Buddhist Scriptures on ancient Silk Road  The Chinese Buddhist Scriptures are not only the treasure of Chinese culture but also the wealth of ancient Indian culture. Its spread witnessed the close exchanges between China and India on the ancient Silk Road

Shaopeng FAN (East China Normal University, Shanghai): “A Study of Religious Dialogue: Based on Buddhism and Catholicism in the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China”

October 2019 – January 2020

Shaopeng Fan is a graduate student at East China Normal University. His major is the science of religion in the Department of Philosophy. He was a visiting graduate student at National Chengchi University. At the current stage, he is studying the dialogue between Catholic Thought and Buddhist philosophy in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (16th through 18th c.). He is also interested in the Pure Land Thought of Chinese Buddhist, as well as the Eschatology of Christianity. In addition, he conducted his research on Sax Tiinp Bas薩天巴, the Grandmother God of the Dong Nationality in Southwest China, and the literature about her, Ga Mang Mang Dao Shi Jia嘎茫莽道時嘉. His papers were published in The Voice of DharmaCatholic Church in ChinaBlue Book of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ethnic Minorities and so on.

GAN Siqi (East China Normal University, Shanghai): “The translation and research of a sanskrit manuscript: Vajravali”

October 2019 – January 2020

Siqi Gan was born in Shanghai, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Hohai University, China. He is now a postgraduate student of religion study in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. His main academic interest is in Buddhist literature study, especially the Sanskrit and Tibetan textual research. Moreover, he is also interested in religion ritual research. The present research which he will conduct during his visiting in UBC is the textual research of a Sanskrit manuscript–Vajrāvāli. This is a tantric ritual compendium compiled by Abhayākaragupta, the famous abbot of the Vikramaśila monastery and centered on the mandala rituals in esoteric Buddhism. His research will make a critical edition of the Sanskrit version of Sutranavidhi and Rajahpatanavidhi, two of the rituals contained in the manuscript, and then translate them into Chinese.

LE Jing (East China Normal University): “Efficaciousness, body and the Interaction of multi-religions: Illustrated by the Case of Wang the second grandmother in Ping Gu and Xiang He”

January 2018 – September 2019

Le Jing is a Ph.D. candidate from East China Normal University, majoring in folklore. Her Research interests include the Chinese Buddhism and folk religions, and cultural exchanges of Buddhism in Maritime Silk Road. She intends to expand the research on the relationship between Buddhism and folklore.

LI Wei (Peking University): “From Buddhist Metaphors to Chinese Piyu in the translations of Buddhist texts in the Six Dynasties”

September 2018 – August 2019

LI Wei is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University. His research focuses on Buddhism’s impact on the Chinese literary traditions. He obtained his Master’s Degree with a thesis on the metaphors the Sanlun master Jizang (549-623) used in his commentaries on the Mādhyamika Śāstra, better known as  Zhonglun  (Treatise on the Middle Way) in the Sinitic Buddhist traditions. He is presently doing research on the Avadāna Literature in Six Dynasties, as an extension to his previous work on Buddhist literature.

FU Jisi (Fudan University)

December 2017 – November 2018

Fu Jisi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Research of Chinese Excavated Classics and Paleography at Fudan University, China. She obtained her BA in Chinese language and MA in Chinese philology from Fudan University with a dissertation entitled “A Philological Study of the Dunhuang Manuscripts of Avatamsaka Sutra (華嚴經)”. Her research interests include Dunhuang manuscripts, Chinese Buddhism and Textual Bibliography. She is now working on the subject of Dunhuang Chinese manuscripts during the Tibetan period.

ZHENG Jiajia (Renmin University of China): “Research on the Tang Buddhist Palace Chapels”

September – December 2018

Zheng Jiajia is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at Renmin University of China. His academic interest focuses on the study of Chinese Buddhist history in the Tang and Song Dynasties. He obtained his MPhil degree with a dissertation titled “Studies on Qi-song’ Theory of Zen Lineage—Focus on Three Books Called Chuan-fa-zheng-zong”. He is presently writing a doctoral thesis which topic is “A Research on the Tang Buddhist Palace Chapels”.


Huyu JIANG (Wuhan University)

September 2018 – August, 2019, UC-Berkeley

Huyu Jiang is a PhD candidate from Wuhan University, currently a visiting student at Berkeley. His research looks at the social and religious landscape of North China in the Early Medieval Period. He has conducted fieldwork in North China, especially in Huixian and Wuxiang where he examined Buddhist inscriptions for completing his doctoral dissertation entitled “Society and Buddhism in the southern part of Mt. Taihang in the Early Medieval China”. Huyu also presented three papers to the Winter/Summer Program on Buddhism and AAS. They examine the Chinese inscription on Buddhist statues as well as the Buddhist local landscape.

Yale University

LIN Xiao (Peking University)

October, 2017 – September, 2018.

Lin Xiao is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Peking University in China. He was sponsored by the Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies to study as a visiting student in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale from October 2017 to September 2018. His research interests include Dunhuang manuscripts, the interpretations of Buddhist manuscripts in medieval times and the Syncretism of Ch’an and Pure Land Buddhism in medieval China. He is now working on the subject of the difference between various types of Dhyana in early Ch’an Sutra and traditional patterns of teaching in India, and the spread and influence of Guanfo Ch’an on medieval China.