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Lists of Scholars & Biographies︱與會學者名單與簡介
Panelists Biographies 研討會發表者簡介
- Juhn Ahn 安俊泳 (University of Michigan)
Juhn Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Buddhist and Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. He studies death, illness, and Buddhism in East Asia. In his doctoral thesis he examined something called the “malady of meditation.” This is a “malady” or “defect” that continued to trouble Buddhist meditators in East Asia for centuries. He was particularly interested in the transformation of this malady or defect over time. In a number of different publications he tried to explain this transformation by situating the changing views of the malady of meditation in their proper historical contexts. He focused specifically on two Buddhist monks who spoke extensively about the malady of meditation: the Chinese Buddhist monk Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) and the Japanese Buddhist monk Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769). What drew him to these two towering figures of Chan and Zen is not only the critical role that they played in shaping the discourse about the malady of meditation but also their efforts to use the malady to make sense of problems associated with changing habits of reading among students of Chan and Zen.
His current research focuses on the relationship between Buddhist mortuary practices and elite identity formation in fourteenth century Korea. A small but growing number of families that belonged to the late Koryŏ elite began to abandon Buddhist mortuary practices, which they associated with waste and decadence, in favor of Neo-Confucian mortuary practices and in his recent publications he tries to explain why. Using, among other things, officials histories, biographies, funerary inscriptions, commemorative steles, and literary collections he tries to draw a connection between the rise of this rhetoric of decadence, the gradual shift in the cultural construction of elite identity during the late Koryŏ, and the influx of new social elements under Mongol rule.
- Bai Zhaojie 白照傑 (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Philosophy)
其第一部著作《整合及制度化：唐前期道教研究》將由上海人民出版社出版（2018）；第二部著作《十字門內飄法雨：澳門當代佛教問題研究》將由香港中文大學人間佛教研究中心負責出版（2018）。其人涉足海外漢學翻譯事業，校譯《中國歷史與社會中的道教儀式》（by John Lagerwey；齐鲁书社，2017）；獨立翻譯《李白與中古宗教文學研究》（by Paul W. Kroll；齊魯書社，2017）、《中古道教文學研究》（by Paul W. Kroll；齊魯書社，2018）；合譯《文選譯注》（by David R. Knechtges；上海古籍出版社，2019）；正在翻譯《政治与般若》（Politics and Transcendent Wisdom by Charles D. Orzech ）。此外，其人現擔任《歷代高道傳》項目執行主編，同時承担唐五代道教制度、仙傳和高僧傳說研究等若干著作的撰寫工作。
- H. Barrett 巴瑞特 (SOAS, University of London)
T.H. Barrett is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London. His research interests focus on the history of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism and pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period.
- Marcus Bingenheimer 馬德偉(Temple University)
Marcus Bingenheimer 馬德偉 teaches in the Department of Religion. He was born in Germany. He obtained an MA (Sinology) and Dr.phil (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.
- Cao Ling 曹淩 (上海師範大學人文學院)
- Chen Jinhua 陳金華 (UBC)
Jinhua Chen is Professor of East Asian intellectual history (particularly religions) at the University of British Columbia, where he also served as the Canada Research Chair in East Asian Buddhism (2001-2011). He additionally held short-term teaching positions at other universities including the University of Virginia (2000-2001), the University of Tokyo (2003-04), and Stanford University (2012).
As recipient of research grants and fellowships from different sources including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, Killam Foundation, Peter Wall Institute for the Advanced Studies, Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai [BDK]), Japan Society for the Promotion of Social Sciences (JSPS), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Plank Institute, the Academy of Korean Studies, and most recently, the National Humanities Center (USA), he has been engaged in research projects related to East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations. In addition to publishing five monographs, including (1). Making and Remaking History (Tokyo, 1999), (2). Monks and Monarchs, Kinship and Kingship (Kyoto, 2002), (3). Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician: The Many Lives of Fazang [643-712] (Leiden, 2007), 4. Legend and Legitimation: The Formation of Tendai Esoteric Buddhism (Brussels, 2009), and (5). Crossfire: Shingon-Tendai strife as seen in two twelfth-century polemics (Tokyo, 2010), he has also co-edited sevenbooks. He is also the author of over sixty book chapters and journal articles, with major academic journals.
- Deng Xingliang 鄧星亮 (山西大同大學雲岡文化研究中心副教授)
- Dong Daxue 董大學 (上海師範大學人文學院)
- Ji Yun 紀贇 (Buddhist Academy of Singapore)
新加坡佛學院教務主任 / 圖書館館長 / 副教授, 全職。
Deputy Dean of Academic / Chief Librarian / Associate Professor, Full-time
JI Yun received his Ph.D. from Fudan University in 2006. During the writing of his doctorate dissertation, his research encompasses the study of Buddhism within the philological studies of Buddhist written texts, collecting of biographical materials of monks and the anthropological studies of religion. Eventually, his dissertation “A Study on the Biographies of Eminent Monks” was published in early 2009.
As a fulltime lecturer of Buddhist College of Singapore, Dr. Ji is now engaged in teaching subjects such as Buddhist Literature, Institution of Buddhist Sangha, Buddhist Logic and Pali language. Dr Ji also assists in overseeing the operation of the college’s Academic Office and the library.
- George Keyworth 紀強 (University of Saskatchewan)
Dr. Keyworth received his B.A. (Honors) in Chinese and Asian Studies and M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He received his Ph.D. in Chinese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Keyworth was an Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) from 2001-2006, followed by three years as a researcher in Kyoto, Japan, from 2006-2009. In 2011, Dr. Keyworth joined the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada as an Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies and East Asian Religions. After receiving tenure in 2017, Dr. Keyworth transferred to the Department of History, where he will teach courses in the areas of premodern Chinese and Japanese history, Asian Studies, the history of religion in East Asia, and comparative manuscript studies.
Dr. Keyworth has developed, taught, and received several teaching awards for more than twenty different undergraduate classes on topics ranging from Asian history to East Asian religious traditions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Daoism, and Japanese religions) to the academic study of religion. At CU-Boulder, Dr. Keyworth supervised five M.A. students who conducted research on Chinese and Japanese Buddhist studies. He has also supervised five M.A. students at the University of Saskatchewan, who wrote theses on topics ranging from modern religion in China and Japan to early modern Daoism. Dr. Keyworth has received several grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada to support research about and publication of articles on Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) Chinese Chan Buddhism and the figure of Juefan Huihong (1071-1128); Japanese pilgrims to Song China (e.g., Jōjin [1011-1081]); apocryphal Chinese Buddhist scriptures and the particular case of the Shoulengyan jing (*Śūraṃgama-sūtra) using Chinese and Khotanese Sanskrit sources from Dunhuang; esoteric Buddhism in Tang (618-907) and Song China; Zen Buddhism in Edo Japan and the figure of Kakumon Kantetsu (d. 1730); and old Japanese manuscript Buddhist canons, especially from Nanatsudera and the Matsuo shrine canon kept at Myōrenji. Dr. Keyworth is currently working on two books, tentatively titled: Zen and the Literary Arts and Copying for the Kami: A Study and Catalog of the Matsuo Shrine Buddhist Canon.
- Kwak Roe郭磊 (韓國東國大學佛教學術院)
- Lin Pei-ying林佩瑩 (輔仁大學)
Pei-ying Lin is Assistant Professor at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. Her research interests are Chan Buddhism, Bodhisattva precepts and rituals, and medieval Buddhist travelers. She studied at National Taiwan University (BA, 2002), Cambridge University (MPhil, 2006), and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (PhD, 2012). Her thesis brought together a wide range of documents from ninth-century China, Japan and Korea, and cross-culturally examined the relationship between patriarchal lineages versus textual transmission at the early stage of the history of Chan Buddhism. Before joining Fu Jen University, as the Sheng Yen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism (2015-2016) at Berkeley, she has been working on a project involving a group of eighth-century precept manuals, analyzing the doctrinal and historical connections between Chan Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism during the Tang dynasty, with a focus on the commonality of their key components of precepts and meditation.
- Niu Hong牛宏 (上海師範大學)
- Mario Poceski 伯理奧 (University of Florida)
Mario Poceski, a full professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida, received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with specialization in Buddhist studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000). He has spent extended periods as a visiting researcher at Komazawa University (Japan), Stanford University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Hamburg (Germany), and has received several prestigious fellowships, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (for senior researchers). Poceski’s most recent books are The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Oxford 2015), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism (Blackwell 2014, ed.), Introducing Chinese Religions (Routledge 2009), and Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (Oxford 2007). His publications also include two other books and numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of Buddhist studies.
- Grzegorz Polak 波拉克 (Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland/DILA)
2009 PhD in Philosophy, Thesis: Reinterpreting Jhāna: Towards a Critical Reconstruction of Early Buddhist soteriology, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin.
2006 MA in Philosophy, Thesis: Droga do wyzwolenia w traktacie Visuddhimagga Buddhaghosy (The Path to Liberation in Buddhaghosa’s Vissudhimagga), Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin.
- Phra Kiattisak Ponampon釋智譽 (Cambridge University)
Phra Kiattisak Ponampon 釋智譽 received his BA in Religious Studies from Hsuan Chuang University, Taiwan (with a thesis on Buddhist Stupa), one MA degree (in Religious Studies) from University of Otago (New Zealand), with a thesis titled “Mission, Meditation and Miracles: An Shigao in Chinese Tradition,” and another MA degree (in Buddhist Studies) from SOAS, UK, with a dissertation titled “Meditative Techniques and Visionary Experiences in Early Medieval Chinese Buddhist Texts.” He is currently working on his MPhil in Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge. His Research Interests cover Dunhuang Studies,Silk Road Studies, Chinese Buddhism, Early Medieval Chinese Buddhist Meditative Techniques, Taoist Meditation, Early Buddhist Manuscripts, and Buddhist Art.
- Jason Protass 蒲傑聖 (Brown University)
Jason Protass (Ph.D., Stanford) specializes in Chinese Buddhism of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279). His current book project, tentatively titled “The Poetry Demon,” examines Buddhist monks’ self-understanding of religious occupation and poetic composition in the tenth to thirteenth centuries CE.
Jason’s other projects include a study of Chan monks’ shifting geographic distribution during the Northern Song dynasty. In this second project, Jason weaves together canonical and extra-canonical sources to create a spatial history of practices. As this project develops, he will be working with materials related to hagiography, itinerancy, epistles, gazetteers, literati Buddhism, and occasional writings.Jason has studied at Academia Sinica (Taipei), Hanazono University (Kyoto), Ryukoku University (Kyoto), and Peking University (Beijing) under the auspices of fellowships from Fulbright Taiwan, American Council of Learned Societies, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Japan), and the Ministry of Education P. R. China. Jason welcomes students interested in Buddhism across East Asia.
- James Robson 羅柏松 (Harvard)
James Robson is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Studies, and has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Regional Studies East Asia M.A. program. He teaches East Asian religions, in particular Daoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Zen, as well as the sophomore tutorial for concentrators. Robson received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University in 2002, after spending many years doing research in China, Taiwan, and Japan. He specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism and is particularly interested in issues of sacred geography, local religious history, talismans, and Chan/Zen Buddhism. He has been engaged in a long-term collaborative research project with the École Française d’Extrême-Orient studying local religious statuary from Hunan province. He is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak [Nanyue 南嶽] in Medieval China (Harvard, 2009), which was awarded the Stanislas Julien Prize for 2010 by the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and the 2010 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism. Robson is also the author of “Signs of Power: Talismanic Writings in Chinese Buddhism” (History of Religions 48:2), “Faith in Museums: On the Confluence of Museums and Religious Sites in Asia” (PMLA, 2010), and “A Tang Dynasty Chan Mummy [roushen] and a Modern Case of Furta Sacra? Investigating the Contested Bones of Shitou Xiqian.” His current research includes a long term project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals in Japan.
- Shi Guo-Jing 釋果鏡 (DILA)
- Shi Guo-Huei 釋果暉 (DILA)
- Teng Wei-jen 鄧偉仁 (DILA)
Prof. Wei-jen 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 Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Harvard University. Prof. Teng’s research interests include Buddhist Theory of Mind and Meditation, Intellectual History of Chinese Buddhism, and more recently Buddhism and modernity.
- Barend J. ter Haar田海 (Oxford)
Barend J. ter Haar teaches Chinese studies at the University of Oxford, with a strong focus on cultural and religious history. Although first of all a social and cultural historian, the religious dimension is so central to Chinese traditional life that much of his research up to now has dealt with religious phenomena. In addition, he has worked extensively on issues of ethnic identity, violence and fear, and social organization. An important concern of his is to demonstrate that traditional culture and cultural patterns are still relevant today, as becomes visible for instance in the case of the Falun Gong or the ongoing role of exorcist violence in political contexts throughout the twentieth century. For those who read Dutch, he has published a history of China, entitled The Heavenly Mandate: The history of the Chinese Empire until 1911 or Het Hemels Mandaat: De Geschiedenis van het Chinese Keizerrijk (AUP: Amsterdam, 2009) with a somewhat revisionist view on the Chinese past. His book on the lay Buddhist group called the Non-Action Teachings (late 16th century to the present) has come out with Hawai’i University Press, as Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China.
- Wang Ching-wei 王晴薇 (新加坡漢傳佛學院/臺灣中華佛學研究所)
Wang Ching-wei is current the Provost at the Institute of Chinese Buddhism, (from 2017-Present) and an Associate Research Fellow at Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies,中華佛學研究所 (from 2016-Present). She received her PhD in East Asian Studies at University of Arizona. Her research areas include:
- Mahāyāna Sūtras and Mahāyāna Samādhi Practices 大乘經典與三昧
- Meditation in Chinese Tiantai and Chan traditions 天台止觀及禪學
- Buddhist Iconography 佛教圖像學
- Teaching Chinese Culture in an Intercultural Context 對外文化教學
- Teaching Chinese as a Second Language 對外漢語教學
- Albert Welter 魏雅博(University of Arizona)
Albert Welter’s area of academic study is Chinese Buddhism, and he has published in the area of Japanese Buddhism as well. His main research focuses on the study of Buddhist texts in the transition from the late Tang (9th century) to the Song dynasty (10th-13th centuries). In recent years, he has published Monks, Rulers, and Literati: The Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism (Oxford, 2006), The Linji lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy: The Development of Chan’s Records of Sayings Literature (Oxford, 2008), and Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing lu: A Special Transmission within the Scriptures (Oxford, 2011), in addition to numerous articles. His work also encompasses Buddhist interactions with Neo-Confucianism and literati culture. He is currently finishing a project on the social and institutional history of Buddhism as conceived through a text compiled in the early Song dynasty, Zanning’s Topical History of the Buddhist Clergy, to be published by Cambria Press in 2018. Stemming from this latter research interest, Professor Welter has also developed a broader interest in Chinese administrative policies toward religion, including Chinese notions of secularism and their impact on religious beliefs and practices, leading to a co-edited volume (with Jeffrey Newmark), Religion, Culture, and the Public Sphere in China and Japan (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017). He recently received funding from the Khyentse Foundation for a project, “The Hangzhou Region and the Creation of East Asian Buddhism,” in conjunction with Zhejiang University, the Hangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, and the Hangzhou Buddhist Academy. He also received funding from the American Council of Learned Societies (with the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation) for an international conference, “Creating the World of Chan/ Sŏn /Zen: Chinese Chan Buddhism and its Spread throughout East Asia.” Before coming to the University of Arizona, Dr. Welter was based in Canada, where his research projects were regularly supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- ZhangChao 張超 (East Asian Civilisations Research Centre (CRCAO/CNRS, Paris)
Dr. Chao Zhang holds a PhD in Historical and Philological Sciences from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris, 2014). Her thesis explored a group of pre-modern Chinese Buddhist historiographies commonly called “Chan Miscellanea” (chanlin biji). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the East Asian Civilisations Research Centre (Paris) and a JSPS foreign researcher at Komazawa University (Tokyo). Her research revolves around themes such as Chan/Zen historiography, the religious practice of local Song elites, and the reception of Chinese writings in medieval Japan.
- Zhang Shubin 張書彬 (浙江大學漢藏佛教藝術研究中心 )
- <Zhao Yanlin 趙燕林 (敦煌研究院考古研究所館員)
- Zhu Xiaofeng 朱曉峰 (敦煌研究院博士後科研工作站在站博士後)