Research in this field is sponsored in various topics across Buddhist studies and the study of East Asian Religions. We also encourage a variety of approaches and methodologies.
Research is sponsored in this area primarily in Buddhist literature in Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan; Modern and Contemporary Buddhism in Japan; Medieval Chinese Buddhism; Buddhist thought; doctrine and practice in East Asian Buddhism. Various approaches and methodologies are encouraged, including textual, literary, social historical, art historical, sociological and anthropological.
East Asian Religions
Research is sponsored in this area in a wide range of topics, including: Taoist canonical literature, the construction of Shinto, Chinese science, alchemy and medicine, the New Religions of Japan, the relationship of Buddhism with indigenous East Asian traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto), religion and modernity in East Asia and popular religion in East Asia as seen in literary works.
James A. Benn
Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies