Buddhism & Technology: Historical Background and Contemporary Challenges – Panelists

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Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)

Marcus Bingenheimer 馬德偉 teaches in the Department of Religion. He was born in Germany. He obtained an MA (Sinology) and PhD (History of Religions) from Würzburg University and an MA (Communication Studies) from Nagoya University. Marcus currently works as Associate Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2011 he taught Buddhism and Digital Humanities at Dharma Drum 法鼓山, Taiwan, where he also supervised various projects concerning the digitization of Buddhist culture.

His main research interests are the history of Buddhism in East Asia and early Buddhist sutra literature. Currently, he is working on two very different kinds of texts: Āgama literature and Ming-Qing dynasty temple gazetteers. Next to that, Marcus is interested in the Digital Humanities and how to do research in the age of digital information.

Justin Brody (Goucher College) bio forthcoming
Douglas Samuel Duckworth (Temple University)

Douglas Duckworth is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Religion at Temple University. His latest works include Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Mind and Nature (OUP 2019) and a translation of an overview of the Wisdom Chapter of the Guide to Bodhisattva Practice by Künzang Sönam, entitled The Profound Reality of Interdependence (OUP 2019).  He also co-edited, with Jonathan C. Gold, Readings of Śāntideva’s Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryāvatāra), forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
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 has published articles on Buddhist philosophy and on applied ethics, as well as translations from Sanskrit.  He is the author of Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics (2009), a co-author of Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness (2016), and the translator of The Training Anthology of Śāntideva (2016), all from Oxford University Press.
Gregory Greive (University of North Carolina)

Gregory Grieve is Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He conducts research at the intersection of religion, popular culture and Buddhism, with a particular focus on religious practices that employ digital media, such as the Internet, virtual worlds, and video games.  His most recent book, CyberZen (2017), explores Buddhist identity, community and religious practices in the virtual world of Second Life. His current project explores video games and the problem of evil.
Paul Hackett (Independent scholar) bio forthcoming
Natasha Heller (University of Virginia)

Natasha Heller studies Chinese Buddhism in the context of cultural and intellectual history. Her research includes both the pre-modern period (10th through 14th c.) and the contemporary era. Her first book, Illusory Abiding: The Cultural Construction of the Chan Monk Zhongfeng Mingben (Harvard University Asia Center in 2014) is study of the literary works of an eminent monk of the Yuan dynasty.   Heller’s current book project concerns picture books published by Buddhist organizations in Taiwan, and how such children’s fiction not only teaches young people about the Buddhist tradition, but also addresses how they should relate to clergy, family members, and society.  Other research interests include the circulation of Pure Land miracle tales, and the relationship between religion and technology.
Peter Hershock (East West Center)

Peter D. Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program and Education Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and holds a Ph.D. in Asian and Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaiˋi. 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: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015); and Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation (edited, 2019). His current research, initiated as a 2017-2018 Fellow of the Berggruen Institute in China, focuses on the personal and societal impacts of the attention economy and artificial intelligence.
Matthew King (University of California, Riverside) bio forthcoming
Jeffrey Kotyk (McMaster University)

Jeffrey Kotyk (Leiden University PhD, 2017) is a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies at McMaster University. He presently researches Buddhism in state and secular sources from medieval China in addition to his other work detailing the relationship between Buddhism and astrology. He earlier spent time as a visiting researcher at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, where he documented the introduction and development of foreign astrology in China.
Bill Magee (Maitripa Institute) bio forthcoming
Bill Mak (Kyoto University) bio forthcoming
Beverley McGuire (University of North Carolina Wilmington)


Beverley McGuire is a Professor of East Asian Religions at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages from Harvard University, her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Her research interests include Chinese religious ethics, divination, religious games, and digital media. Her book Living Karma (Columbia University Press, 2014) examined a late imperial Chinese Buddhist monk who sought to change his karma through divination, repentance, and bodily practices such as blood-writing and burning his body. Her current research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on our moral attention – our capacity to discern and attend to morally salient features of a given situation.
Sebastian Nehrdich (Hamburg University) bio forthcoming
Stuart Ray Sarbucker (Oregon State) bio forthcoming
Joshua Stoll (University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu)

Joshua Stoll received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at University of Hawaiՙi Mānoa in 2018. He currently teaches a diverse array of philosophy courses in the Humanities Division at UH West Oՙahu. His research focuses on the nature and possibility of intersubjectivity, particularly in the sense of sharing experience and agency. It brings into dialogue a variety of sources such as Indian Buddhism, Kashmir Śaivism, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and existentialism.
Panyadipa Tan (Shan State Buddhist University, Taunggyi, Myanmar.)

Bhikkhu Tan Panyadipa completed his first honors bachelor degree in health sciences at the University of Putra in Malaysia. He furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Canada where he obtained an MSc and a PhD in medical sciences disciplines. After completing a two-year term of postdoctoral and associate scientist placement at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, he followed his long-term inner call to explore and deepen the practice of Buddha Dharma and meditation in South East Asia and later became a Buddhist monk at the Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery in Myanmar. Following a few years of solitude meditation retreat a postgraduate opportunity arose that he went on to complete a Master degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, followed by an MA in Pāli Buddhism at Shan State Buddhist University in Myanmar. Currently he is a lecturer at Shan State Buddhist University in Myanmar teaching Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhism in Science and Medicine, research methodology and meditation while continuing on his studies in scriptural languages and Abhidhamma. His research interests are in comparative and multidisciplinary approaches in understanding early Buddhist doctrine and practice.
Yu-chun Wang (Dharma Drum Institute for Liberal Arts) bio forthcoming
Mei Wang (University of Science and Technology of China)

Wang Mei is a Research Assistant at Science Communication R&D Centre, University of Science and Technology of China, where she earned her M.A in Philosophy. She was also special research student at Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies of The University of Tokyo and intern at Microsoft Research Asia, specializing in the study of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Preservation in East Asia.

She is a member of Anhui Science Writers Association and one of the authors of the book “Illustrating The Four Great Inventions”. She also published in academic journals indexed in China Science Citation Database and China Science and Technology Core Journals. Most of her research concerned the relationship between technology and culture. She has strong research interests in the digitization of Buddhist culture and art.

Christian Wittern (Kyoto University) bio forthcoming