ACLS Announces Fellowships and Grants in Buddhist Studies

August 2014

ACLS announces the 2nd year of fellowships and grants in Buddhist Studies from the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation. Click here for more information

HCBSS Recorded Events

June 2014

Our events will resume in the fall quarter. Video recordings of our major lectures can now be viewed online. Visit the Recorded Events Page

New Publication

March 2014

"From Birch Bark to Digital Data: Recent Advances in Buddhist Manuscript Research"
Paul Harrison and Jens-Uwe Hartmann, eds.

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New Publication

March 2014

"India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought"
John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar, eds. 

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"A Primer in Chinese Buddhist Writings"

January 2014

Materials compiled by Professor Kieschnick. Click here to view the website 

HCBSS 2012–13 Newsletter Now Available

August 2013

Editorial Job Opening in Hong Kong

September 2013 is looking for an editorial chief executive.  

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New Website Launched: Inner Asia @ Stanford

October 2012

In 2011, representatives of a number of Stanford centers and programs met to discuss the forming of group called Inner Asia, with the purpose of promoting research collaboration and providing a website to serve as an information portal for those at Stanford interested in the study of this region.

For the purposes of the group, Inner Asia is defined broadly as the geographical area which includes Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Georgia, Iran, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim, Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang.

The Inner Asia group consists of the following Stanford units: the Abbasi Center in Islamic Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, the Center for South Asia, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, and the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

Dr. John Kieschnick appointed as the first Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor in Buddhist Studies

October 2012

We are delighted to announce that Dr. John Kieschnick has been appointed as the first Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor in Buddhist Studies. A graduate of Stanford University, John specializes in the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism, especially in relation to other aspects of Chinese culture.  His published work includes The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture.  John has worked as a researcher and teacher in Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.  We welcome John back to Stanford.

HCBSS Launches First Newsletter

August 2012

New Chair in Buddhist Studies Announced

October 13, 2011

A generous gift from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation has endowed a chair in Buddhist Studies at Stanford. The Foundation’s $2.5 million gift, with matching funds from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, establishes The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professorship of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religious Studies.

The search for the first holder of the new chair, who will be a specialist in the field of Chinese Buddhism, is now underway and applications closed on November 25, 2011.

Read the official press release.