MemberScott Mitchell

…Institute Of Buddhist Studies…
…pular media,” Religion Compass, 2014.
“‘Christianity is for Rubes; Buddhism is for Actors’: Media Representations of Buddhism in the Wake of the Tiger Woods Scandal,” The Journal of Global Buddhism, 2012.
“Locally Translocal American Shin Buddhism,” Pacific World: the Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies Third Series, 2010.
“Sunday Morning Songs: English Language Gāthās in American Shinshū Temples,” The Pure Land, 2006.

Scott Mitchell is the Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs and holds the Yoshitaka Tamai Professorial Chair at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, CA, and co-host of the DharmaRealm podcast. He teaches and writes about Buddhism in the West, Buddhist modernism, Pure Land Buddhism, and Buddhism and media.

MemberMatthew McMullen

…PhD in Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
Dissertation title: “The Development of Esoteric Buddhist Scholasticism in Early Medieval Japan”

MA in Asian Religions, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2008
Thesis title: “Raiyu and Shingi Shingon Sectarian History”

BA Cum Laude, Wabash College, 2002
major in Religion with minor in Philosophy and Greek…

Currently, I am a post-doc research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan, where I assist with editing for the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. I also serve as a network editor for H-Buddhism and an associate editor for the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. I completed a PhD in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley in 2016 and have spent time at Columbia University, Waseda University, University of Virginia, Taisho University, and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. My research primarily focuses on Japanese esoteric Buddhism, but my interests extend to Buddhist thought and practice in general.

MemberMatthew Hayes

I am a current Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA and specialize in Buddhist Studies. Broadly, my research focuses on early modern Japanese Buddhist ritual practice, the transmission of doctrinal knowledge, editorial practices, print culture, and issues of audience, performativity, and learning. Narrowly, my current project explores Kakuban’s (1095–1143) Shari kuyō shiki and its early modern liturgical, pedagogical, and editorial outgrowths at the Shingon temple Chishakuin of Kyoto. I am also copy-editor at the Journal of Global Buddhism and Indexer (Japanese) for Index Buddhicus, an online scholarly index forthcoming from Brill. I regularly teach introductory courses on Buddhism at UCLA.

MemberErik Hammerstrom

…Monograph2015  The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements. Columbia University Press, Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies.Peer-reviewed Journal Articles2016  “Avataṃsaka 華嚴 Transnationalism in Modern Sinitic Buddhism.” Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 17: 65-84 <>2014   “A Buddhist Critique of Scientism.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies, vol. 27: 35-57. <>2013  “The Heart-of-Mind Method: Legitimating a New Buddhist Movement in 1930s China….

I teach about religion in China and East Asia, with a focus on Buddhism. In my research I specialize in the intellectual and institutional history of Chinese Buddhism during the modern period. I have studied Buddhist responses to elements of modernity, such as the discourses surrounding both religion and modern science; and I am currently writing a “biography” of Huáyán 華嚴 school of Chinese Buddhism in the early twentieth century. As an extension of my work on Chinese Buddhism, I helped establish the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism.

MemberBryan Lowe

…American Academy of Religion

Association for Asian Studies

International Association of Buddhist Studies

Society for the Study of Japanese Religions

Shōsōin Monjo Kenkyūkai…
…dhist Catalogs and Canons in Early Japan.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 41/2 (2014): 221–253.

“Buddhist Manuscript Cultures in Premodern Japan.” Religion Compass 8/9 (2014): 287–301.

“The Scripture on Saving and Protecting Body and Life: An Introduction and Translation.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 27 (2014): 1–34.

“The Discipline of Writing: Scribes and Purity in Eighth-century Japan.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 39/2 (2012): 201–239.

“Mori de maigo: Kaigai kara mita kodai shi [Lost in the Woods: A Foreign Perspective on Early Japanese History].” Shidai Nihonshi 15 (2…

I specialize in East Asian religions with a focus on Buddhism in ancient Japan (seventh through ninth centuries). In the most general terms, my research challenges elite-centered narratives that have dominated scholarship on Japanese Buddhism and religious studies more broadly. In contrast, I study Buddhism as it was lived and practiced by individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds. My research and teaching are interdisciplinary; I engage scholarship in history, art history, literature, political science, and book history to explore issues related to ritual studies, material culture, and religion and the state. My first book, Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan , examines the ritual practice of transcribing Buddhist scriptures (sutras). It questions the standard historical narratives of Japanese Buddhism, which have focused exclusively on the ways the state regulated and utilized religion for ideological purposes in the eighth century. Instead, I highlight the activities of individuals from a range of social classes and geographic regions in Japan to show that Buddhist practice was not limited to the throne and fulfilled a variety of social, political, and spiritual roles beyond ideological justification of imperial rule. The book introduces and translates a large number of previously unstudied archival sources in manuscript form, including scriptorium documents and colophons. It argues for a practice-based approach to ritual and reassesses scripture as a category constructed in part through ritual practices. My second book project focuses on provincial preaching in the ninth century. It considers the social and institutional networks that enabled Buddhism to flourish in ancient Japan, as well as the homiletic strategies and particular doctrines taught on the ground in local communities. It aims to overcome the “great man” approach that has dominated the study of early Heian-period (794-1185) Buddhism with most scholarship to date focusing on two esteemed monks, Kūkai (774-835) and Saichō (767-822). In contrast, my project explores the religious life of the nameless masses living and preaching in provincial villages using both manuscript and archaeological data. In addition to these book projects, I have published in English and Japanese on a variety of other topics including the  nature and structure of East Asian Buddhist canons, nineteenth- and twentieth- century debates over the state’s position relative to religion, sutras produced in China, and the religious practices of scribes and patrons. I teach undergraduate and graduate students in courses on Japanese religions, mythology, Zen, Buddhism and literature, and theory and method. I completed my undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont with a double major in Japanese and Religion. After graduating, I spent two years in Japan as a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET program in Nagano prefecture. I did my graduate work at Princeton University and was a research fellow at Otani University in Kyoto from 2010-2011. I have also had extended stays in other parts of Japan including Yokohama, Nagoya, and Himeji. I have received generous support for my research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright IIE, Japan Foundation, Vanderbilt University Research Scholars Grant, the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo), and others. My 2012 dissertation won the  Stanley Weinstein Prize awarded to the best Ph.D. dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the two previous years. I also edit an online  Guide to Shōsōin Research, where I blog about the Shōsōin. Interviews about my first book can be found in the Authorial Intentions podcast by Chris Benda and on the New Books Network with Luke Thompson.

MemberGregory Scott

…emia Sinica, November 2015.

Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012, co-editor with Philip Clart. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.

Co-Author: “Introduction: Print Culture and Religion in Chinese History”
Chapter contributor: “Navigating the Sea of Scriptures: The Buddhist Studies Collectanea, 1918–1923”
Chapter translator: Wang Chien-chuan, “Morality Book Publishing and Popular Religion in Modern China: A Discussion Centered on Morality Book Publishers in Shanghai”.

“The Publishing of Buddhist Books for Beginners in Modern China from Yang Wenhui …

I am a historian whose work focuses on religion in modern China, especially Buddhism.