International Conference on “Esoteric Buddhism and East Asian Society” — Panelists

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ABÉ Yasurō 阿部泰郎
(University of Nagoya 日本名古屋大學)
Cynthea BOGEL
(Kyushu University 九州大學)

Cynthea J. Bogel is Professor of Japanese Art History and East Asian Buddhist Visual Cultures at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). She is co-chair of the IMAP and IDOC graduate student programs in premodern Japan studies (see and Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University (JAH-Q). Her research focusses on premodern Japanese Buddhist icons, especially statues. Relationships between Japanese icons and East Asian correlates, the study of iconography or ritual contexts and how they relate to the goals of the temple and patrons, the historiography of Buddhist cultural properties, and the effects of nineteenth-century scholarship on the field are a few of her research interests.

Bogel holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and a B.A. from Smith College. She taught Japanese art history and Buddhist visual culture at the University of Oregon (Eugene) for five years and at the University of Washington (Seattle) for fourteen years before moving to Japan in 2012 to take up her current position. She worked as Asian Art Curator at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, which led to her first co-authored book on ukiyoe prints. She has conducted research in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, China, Korea, Vietnam, and other corners of Asia besides Japan. For many years she led intensive courses with her American university students; fieldwork with graduate students is now a natural extension of her work in Japan. Her first monograph, titled With a Single Glance: Buddhist Icon and Early Mikkyō Vision (2009), examines early Esoteric temples and icons in Japan, the legacies of Saichō and Kūkai, and their sojourns in China. A monograph in progress features the temple Yakushiji (Nara) and its bronze main icon during the late seventh- and early eighth-century in the context of early Chinese-style imperial state ideology in Japan. She is the recipient of major research grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the J. Paul Getty Foundation; the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures; and the Japan Foundation. The Frogbear Cluster (2020–2022) she leads with Profs. Kim and Nguyen will examine talisman cultures in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.

CHEN Jinhua 陳金華
(University of British Columbia 英屬哥倫比亞大學)
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 has additionally taught short-term positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Tokyo, and Stanford University.

As recipient of research grants and fellowships 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, his research projects span from East Asian state-church relationships, to 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, he has also co-edited five books. He has authored over fifty book chapters and journal articles. See more information on his current and forthcoming publications here.

DENG Qiyao 鄧啓耀
(Sun Yat-sen University 中山大學)
(University of London 英國倫敦大學)
Geoffrey GOBLE
(University of Oklahoma 俄克拉荷馬大學)
(University of Toronto 加拿大多倫多大學)
Amanda Goodman (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013) is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the formative Tang-Song transition period of Chinese Buddhism, and specifically the Chinese esoteric or tantric Buddhist traditions of the eighth through tenth centuries. Grounded in the textual and material finds from the Dunhuang Buddhist cave site, her work engages with broader conceptual issues in the study of the dissemination and appropriation or alteration of Buddhism across the Sinitic world in the pre-modern period. She is also interested in the cross-cultural transmission of Buddhism along the old Silk Road, and regularly teaches on the topic of Central Asian Buddhism. She is currently preparing a book-length study centered on an indigenous Chinese Buddhist ritual compilation, the Vajra Peak Scripture, that reflects on regional and trans-regional esoteric Buddhist ritual trends during China’s middle-period.
Tamami HAMADA 濱田瑞美
(Yokohama University of Art and Design 横浜美術大学)
Tamami Hamada, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Yokohama University of Art and Design in Japan. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2007 at Waseda University, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, History of Art. Her research focuses on Buddhist art history in East Asia, particularly in China from the 7th to 12th centuries. Her monograph, Chugoku Sekkutsu Bijutsu no Kenkyu 中国石窟美術の研究 (Study of Buddhist Cave Art in China), (Tokyo: Chuo Koron Bijutsu Shuppan 中央公論美術出版, 2012) examines the sources of Buddhist iconography in wall paintings and sculptures in Buddhist caves and cliff images in areas including Dunhuang, Kizil, Sichuan and Longmen, and explores the meaning of these works in religious cave spaces. It also attempts to provide an explanation for there being a vast number of Buddhist cave temples in China. Hamada has discussed topics such as: Preaching Buddha, Buddha of Traikālya, Buddha commissioned by the Indian King Udayana, Amitābha, Vimalakīrti scene, Bhaiṣajyaguru scene, Esoteric Buddhist art works, Thousand Armed Avalokiteśvara, etc.
(Taisho University 日本大正大學)
HOU Chong 侯沖
(Shanghai Normal University 上海師範大學)
HSIE Shih-wei 謝世維
(Chengchi University 臺灣政治大學)
Iwasaki Hideo 岩崎日出男
(Sonoda Women’s University 園田学園女子大学)
1959年生於日本北海道。高野山大学大学院文学研究科密教学専攻博士課程学分取得肄業。園田学園女子大学教授。専門領域為唐代密教。主要論文有、〈密教の伝播と浸透〉(密教的伝播與浸透)〈不空三蔵の密教宣布における修功徳の役割とその意義 -哥舒翰の不空三蔵招聘から長安における密教宣布の展開とその特質-〉(A role and meaning of Syukudoku 修功徳 for esoteric Buddhism propagation of Amoghavajra不空三蔵)2012〈長安西明寺円照の生没年について〉(On the Dates of Yuanzhao of Ximing Monastery in Chang’an Miscellaneous news)2018〈五臺山・金閣寺の構造とその教理的背景について〉(The Strucure and Backgronund of Mt.Wutai五臺山and the Kinkakuji Temple金閣寺)2013〈順暁から最澄への密教受法について-入唐時、唐土における密教伝播の状況からみたその内容と問題点-〉(On the Transmission of Esoteric Teachings from Shunxiao to Saicho(―) -Its contents and associated problems from a perspective of the diffusion of esoteric Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty. -)2015〈新出、前左領軍衛兵曹参軍翰林待詔趙遷述「大唐故寶應功臣開府儀同三司右龍武軍将軍知軍事上柱國涼國公李公墓志銘并序」について〉(Introduction of a Newly Discovered Work:Zhao qian’s Epitaph for li yuan cong 2019等著作豊富。
Takahiko KAMEYAMA 亀山隆彦
(Ryukoku University 龍谷大學)
George Keyworth 紀強
(University of Saskatchewan 加拿大薩斯喀徹溫大學)
George Keyworth is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, in Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Chinese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Keyworth has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada to support research about and the publication of peer-reviewed articles on Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) Chinese Chan Buddhism and the figure of Juefan Huihong 覺範惠洪 (1071–1128); Japanese pilgrims to Song China (e.g., Jōjin 成尋 [1011–1081]); apocryphal Chinese Buddhist scriptures and the particular case of the Shoulengyan jing 首楞厳經 (*Śūraṃgama-sūtra) using sources from Dunhuang and Japan; esoteric Buddhism in Tang (618–907) and Song China; Zen Buddhism in Edo Japan and the figure of Kakumon Kantetsu 覚門貫徹 (d. 1730); and old Japanese manuscript Buddhist canons, especially from Nanatsudera 七寺 and the Matsuo shrine canon kept at Myōrenji 妙蓮寺. 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.
Jiyun KIM 金知妍
(Geumgang University 金剛大學)
Jiyun Kim is a Research Professor in the Center for Buddhist Studies at Geumgang University, and a Lecturer of the Department of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University in Korea. She is interested in the East Asia Buddhism, especially the Shi-moheyan-lun 釋摩訶衍論 which is the commentary on the Awakening of Mahāyāna Faith. More specifically, her work examined the relationship between the Shi-moheyan-lun and the Silla Buddhism. Therefore, she is trying to find the correlation of the Shi-moheyan-lun and the esoteric Buddhism of Silla, as well as she studies the relation with the thought of Wonhyo元曉, Fazang法藏, and the Shi-moheyan-lun. In addition, she focuses on the period of creation, some ideas such as the Avidyā 無明 and the theory of consciousness 識說 of the Shi-moheyan-lun, the manuscripts of this book to reveal the history through China, Korea, and Japan, and so on.
KIM Younmi 金延美
(Ewha Womans University 韓國梨花女子大學)
Youn-mi Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art at Ewha Womans University. Professor Kim is a specialist in Chinese Buddhist art, but her broader interest in cross-cultural relationships between art and ritual extends to Korean and Japanese materials, as well. She is particularly interested in symbolic rituals, in which an architectural space serves as a non-human agent; the interplay between visibility and invisibility in Buddhist art; and the sacred spaces and religious macrocosms created by religious architecture for imaginary pilgrimages. Based on archaeological data from a medieval Chinese pagoda, her research has also investigated the historical traces of a Buddhist esoteric ritual from Liao China to Heian Japan. She is the editor of New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryo? (Cambridge, MA: Korea Institute, Harvard University, 2013), and she is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Art, Space, and Ritual in Medieval Buddhism: From a Liao Pagoda to Heian Japanese Esoteric Ritual.

Besides survey courses on Chinese art, she also teaches seminars on Chinese funerary art, religious art, and secular painting. Her teaching interests also include pre-modern Korean art.

LI Ling 李翎
(Sichuan University 四川大學)
Li Ling is a Professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu China. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing under the supervision on Professor Jin Weinuo. Her research focuses on art from the Han to the Tang, with a concentration on Tibetan Buddhist Art. From 2002, Li Ling worked at the National Museum of China before moving to Sichuan University in 2018.
LI Zijie 李子捷
(Kyoto University 日本京都大學)
Hsin-Yi Lin 林欣儀
(Fo Guang University 臺灣佛光大學)
Benedetta LOMI
(University of Bristol 英國布里斯托大學)
(University of Alberta 加拿大阿爾伯塔大學)
David Quinter (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006) is Associate Professor of East Asian Religions in the Program in Religious Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). His research interests center on medieval Nara Buddhism, devotional cults, and the interplay of textual, visual, and material culture in East Asian religions. His book From Outcasts to Emperors: Shingon Ritsu and the Mañjuśrī Cult in Medieval Japan was published by Brill in 2015, and he is now working on a monograph on Eison (1201–1290) and his diverse ritual and cultic activities. Recent articles include “Mantras and Materialities: Saidaiji Order Kōmyō Shingon Practices” (Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 45, no. 2, 2018); “Materializing and Performing Prajñā: Jōkei’s Mañjuśrī Faith and the Kasagidera Restoration” (Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43, no. 1, 2016); and “Localizing Strategies: Eison and the Shōtoku Taishi Cult” (Monumenta Nipponica 69, no. 2, 2014).
Saerji 薩爾吉
(Peking University 北京大學)
SAERJI is Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Studies at Peking University, in China. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Philosophy at Peking University. His PhD Dissertation is a Study on the Mahāvaipulya-mahāsamnipāta-sūtra (revised and enlarged version published in 2019). Dr. Saerji has been to Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, Norway, as a guest student, taking part in an international research team on Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts for the academic year 2001-2002, he also has been to Buddhist Institute of rDzong gSar Monastery in Sichuan, China (2004), to study Tibetan Buddhism. His research focusses on identifying, reading and editing ancient Buddhist manuscripts in the languages of Buddhism deriving from Sanskrit, Buddhist philosophy, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored or co-authored over forty book chapters and journal articles.
(Dunhuang Academy 敦煌研究院)
Neil Schmid is Research Professor at the Dunhuang Academy in the Centre for Silk Road and Dunhuang Comparative Research. His research centers on Dunhuang and covers variety of topics: the role of Buddhist literature in ritual and art, medieval economic development, esoteric Buddhism, and transcultural flow of religious objects and ideas across northern Asia. Neil is currently working on several book-length projects, among them a monograph entitled From Byzantium to Japan: Ritual Objects and Religious Exchanges Across Eurasia in Late Antiquity, and A Comprehensive Guide to Scholarly Resources for Dunhuang Studies 國際敦煌學學術資源全集 in English and Chinese.
SHEN Weirong 沈衛榮
(Tsing-hua University 清華大學)
Elizabeth TINSLEY
(UC Irvine美國加州大學爾灣分校)
Elizabeth Noelle Tinsley is Assistant Professor of East Asian Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Ph.D. from Otani University (Japan) in Buddhist Culture (2011) and from Columbia University in Religion (2019), as well as a B.A. and Art History from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she worked at the Medieval Japanese Studies Institute: Center for the Study of Women, Buddhism and Cultural History (Kyoto) and Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center Archive, and interned at Nara National Museum. She specializes in Japanese religious cultures and teaches on a wide range of topics in the history, philosophy, and visual cultures of East Asian Buddhism. Her research interests center on the manipulable sacred relationship between form and content, both material and immaterial, and this informs two current, related projects. The first, on medieval oracular spirit possession in Japanese Buddhism, examines the phenomenon of the channelling of esoteric teachings to scholar monks by gods, where the body itself is the medium, in both senses of the word. The second explores the aesthetics of the restricted/bound and unrestricted/disintegrating body in Japanese pulp visual culture of the 1950s to the present-day as that culture negotiates Buddhist, Christian, Greek, and Roman imagery and ideas. These two projects are represented, respectively, by the papers  “Indirect Transmission in Shingon Buddhism: Notes on the Henmyōin Oracle” (The Eastern Buddhist, New Series, Vol. 45, Nos. 1&2, 2014) and “The Composition of Decomposition: Erotic-Grotesque Modernity in Buddhist Kusōzu Paintings by Itō Seiu and Matsui Fuyuko” in Journal of Asian Humanities at
Kyushu University (JAH-Q), Vol.2, Spring 2017). Tinsley’s work has been supported by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, The Donald Keene Center, and The Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
(Waseda University 日本早稻田大學)
Steven Trenson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of International Research and Education at Waseda University. His research focuses on the history of esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō 密教) in medieval Japan. In particular, he examines the historical development of Shingon Buddhist doctrine and practice from the point of view of relic cults and related beliefs, such as the dragon and the wish-fulfilling jewel, and investigates how these cults stimulated the development of some key areas of medieval Japanese religion. Some of the areas studied are the interaction between Buddhism and Shinto and Buddhist discourses on divine kingship. He has published a number of articles on dragon and relic-jewel cults, including a book entitled Kiu, hōju, ryū: Chūsei Shingon mikkyō no shinsō 祈雨・宝珠・龍―中世真言密教の深層 (Kyoto Daigaku Gakujutsu Shuppankai, 2016), and is currently working on a study of the ‘Buddha-Mother’ (butsumo 仏母) in medieval Shingon Buddhism.
Nicholas Morrow WILLIAMS
(University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學)
Nicholas Morrow Williams is associate professor of Chinese literature in the School of Chinese of the University of Hong Kong and editor of Tang Studies. For the past several years he has been occupied with a new translation of the Chuci (Elegies of Chu) anthology, forthcoming from Oxford World Classics. His research increasingly concerns the role of Buddhism in the development of Chinese literature and culture. Two fundamental blindspots of Asian studies are parochial nationalism and reductive materialism, and Buddhism is a valuable corrective on both fronts. During the 2019–2020 academic year he is based at Kyoto University, researching the intersection of Buddhist thought and Chinese literary forms in Kūkai’s writings with the support of the Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.
(Elon University 美國伊隆大學)
Pamela D. Winfield is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University, NC. Her first book, Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kūkai and Dōgen on the Art of Enlightenment (Oxford University Press, 2013) won the Association of Asian Studies Southeastern Conference Book Prize in 2015. Her second book is a co-edited volume with Steven Heine on Zen and Material Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her research has been supported by grants notably from the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Asian Studies, and the Asian Cultural Council, and her scholarship has appeared in publications by Oxford, Columbia University Press, Brill, Routledge, Springer, The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Material Religion, and Religion Compass, among others. She is currently the President of the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions and Co-chair of the Arts, Literature and Religion Unit at the American Academy of Religion.
XIE Jisheng 謝繼勝
(University of Zhejinag 浙江大學)
Dr. Xie Jisheng is currently a professor and director of Zhejiang University Center for Buddhist Art. In 2000 he received his doctoral degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From 1987 to 2005 Xie worked in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as a researcher and then as a professor he taught the lesson of art history in Capital Normal University. In 2014 he moved to ZJU and is teaching and making research in the center. Within recent years he has been working on studying of Tibetan art, especially on investigating on Sino-Tibetan art relic sites. His publications include Xixia Thangka Paintings with a Tibetan Style (2001), A Development History of Tibetan Buddhist Art (2010 one of contributors), Collective Researches on Feilaifeng Cliff Sculptures (2014 one of contributors) and A Monumental Survivals of Tibetan Buddhism in the Beijing from Yuan to Qing Dynasty (2018 one of contributors).
Zhaohua Yang 楊朝華 (Columbia University 哥倫比亞大學)

Zhaohua Yang received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in tantric or esoteric Buddhism in middle-period China. His research interests also include Chan/Zen, indigenous scriptures, and the interactions between Buddhism and Daoism. In addition to his training in pre-modern Dunhuang and Japanese manuscripts, he has done extensive fieldwork in the Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and the US. He is finishing his first book manuscript, Devouring Impurities: The Rise of the Cult of Ucchuṣma in Tang China (618-907), which explores Chinese responses to transgressive esoteric practices as seen through a Dunhuang manuscript on this fierce god. His next project, tentatively titled Performing Yoga: Transformations of Buddhist Ritual in Late Imperial China (960-1450), studies the evolution from Yoga in esoteric Buddhism to Yoga as a monastic category in Ming Buddhist institutions.
ZHANG Shubin 張書彬
(University of Zhejiang 浙江大學)
Shubin Zhang, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Buddhist art history and archaeology at China Academy of Art, in Hangzhou. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Art History from China Academy of Art (2017), with a dissertation titled “Dharma and Orthodoxy: The Formation of a Buddhist Sanctuary in Mt. Wutai and Its Visual Imagery in the East Asian Faith System” (《正法與正統——五臺山佛教聖地的建構及在東亞的視覺呈現》), under the supervision of Prof. Zaixin Hong. He also was the post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Buddhist Art in China at Zhejiang University (2017–2019), with the research of “The Religion of Images, Refined and Rigorous:A New Study on the Related Issues of Manjusri Belief in East Asia in the Middle Ages”(《像教精嚴——中古時期東亞文殊信仰相關問題新考》), under the supervision of Prof. Jisheng Xie. He is engaged in research projects related to Buddhist art study, Visual Culture and Art Communication Studies, especially the relationship between religion and civilizational process, Buddhism and politics, the formation of a Buddhist sanctuary at Mt. Wutai and its visual imagery in the East Asian faith system. He now takes charge of “The Study on Mt. Wutai Buddhist Faith from the perspective of Material Culture exchange in East Asia” (2019–2022) by China National Social Science Fund.
ZHAO Xiaoxing 趙曉星
(Dunhuang Academy 敦煌研究院)
趙曉星,女,1980年出生,吉林省梅河口市人,2007年畢業於蘭州大學敦煌學研究所。 2007年進入敦煌研究院工作,現任敦煌文獻研究所副所長、研究館員,主要從事敦煌文獻與敦煌石窟研究。發表論文50餘篇,出版著作《莫高窟之外的敦煌石窟》《梵室殊嚴——敦煌莫高窟第361​​窟研究》《吐蕃統治時期敦煌密教研究》《沙漠中的美術館——敦煌莫高窟》等。主持完成國家社科基金西部項目“吐蕃統治敦煌時期的密教研究”等多項課題,現正主持教育部基地重大項目《敦煌西夏時期洞窟的分期與研究》。

Zhao Xiaoxing, was born in Meihekou city in Jilin Province on November 3rd 1980. She got her Ph.D. in History, graduated from Lanzhou University in 2007, and began to work in Dunhuang Academy. Now she is a professor and the deputy director of the Textual Research Institute of Dunhuang Academy. Mainly is engaged in the Dunhuang manuscripts and the Dunhuang Grottoes’ studies. She had published more than 50 articles, and 5 books: The Caves in Dunhuang Except Mogao Grottoes(2018), A Case Study of Cave 361 at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunghuang (2017), The Tantric Buddism in Dunhuang in Middle Tang Dynasty(2017), The Art Museum in the Desert(2015). She presided over the completion of several research projects, including The Tantric Buddism in Dunhuang in Middle Tang Dynasty by China National Social Science Fund, now takes charge of the Staging and Study of the Xixia Grottoes in Dunhuang by the Major research base projects of Chinese Ministry of Education.