Buddhist Studies Faculty & Staff


Paul Harrison
George Edwin Burnell Professor, Religious Studies
Building 70, Room 72E

Professor Harrison, a graduate of Australian National University, works on Buddhist literature, especially that of the Mahayana. His research interests also include the history of the Tibetan canon and the study of Buddhist manuscripts. His publications include a number of editions, translations and studies of Buddhist texts, such as The Samadhi of Direct Encounter with the Buddhas of the Present, and he is co-editor of the series Buddhist Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection. Co-Director of HCBSS.

John Kieschnick
Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor, Religious Studies

A graduate of Stanford University, Professor Kieschnick works on the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism, especially in relation to other aspects of Chinese Culture. He is author of The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography  and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture.  He is currently working on a manuscript on Chinese Buddhist historiography.  

Visiting Faculty

Peter Gregory
Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor, Religious Studies (Spring)

A former graduate of Harvard University, Professor Peter N. Gregory works on medieval Chinese Buddhism, especially the Chan and Huayan traditions during the Tang and Song dynasties.  He has written or edited seven bookes on the subject, including Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Buddhism (1991). He is currently completing a translation and study of a ninth-century Chinese Buddhist text on the historical and doctrinal origins of the Chan tradition.  Professor Gregoy recently retired from the faculty at Smith College, where he had been the Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies since 1999.

Affiliated Lecturers

Brenda Falk
Instructor, Religious Studies (Spring)

Research Area: Early Chinese Buddhism

Nicholas Witkowski
Instructor, Religious Studies (Spring)

Research Area: Early Chinese Buddhism

Faculty Emeritus

Carl Bielefeldt
Evans-Wentz Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Professor Bielefeldt specializes in East Asian Buddhism, with particular emphasis on the intellectual history of the Zen tradition. He is the author of Dōgen's Manuals of Zen Meditation and other works on early Japanese Zen, and serves as editor of the Sōtō Zen Text Project. Co-Director of HCBSS.


Tatiana Deogirikar
HCBSS Program Specialist Communications & Events
Building 70, Room 71E

Tatiana holds an MFA in Design from Stanford University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of graphic design and worked in high-tech, publishing and education. Her previous position at Stanford was Communications and Event Coordinator for Stanford Global Studies Division (SGS), H&S. Tatiana was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, she speaks Russian and Ukrainian languages.


Irene Lin
Executive Director, HCBSS, Stanford University
Building 70, Room 71F

Dr. Lin holds a juris doctorate from the University of Southern California, Law Center and is a member of the State Bar of California. She also holds an MA and a Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, specializing in East Asian Buddhism. She has published several articles on divine boys in the Japanese religious imaginaire. Dr. Lin ran the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies from its inception in 1997 to 2001 and has returned from overseas in 2007 to run the Center again.