Institution: Columbia University
Department: Department of Religion

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Yang, Zhaohua

Yang, Zhaohua

Zhaohua Yang 楊朝華 is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University 哥倫比亞大學. He 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.