Visiting Students

University of British Columbia

ZHENG Jiajia, Renmin University of China September – December 2018

Zheng Jiajia is currently a PhD 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”.

LE Jing, East China Normal University

January 2018 – September 2019

Le Jing is a PhD 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

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 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 PhD 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.


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 several fieldworks 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.