My research has been guided by this question: how did Buddhists in Japan respond to the forces of modernization and globalization in the nineteenth century? My current project, “Making the Modern Priest: Clerical Education and Buddhist Universities in Meiji Japan,” explores the central role of a new educational institution, the modern university, in constructing new roles and identities for Buddhist priests.
I have also published research on the development of the Japanese new Buddhist movement, Shinnyo-en, which is best known for their high-profile interfaith rituals held around the globe.
Angela Zito, Associate Professor, NYU–jointly appointed in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Co-founder and Director of the Center for Religion and Media. BA Penn State in East Asian Studies/minor in Journalism. MPhil and PhD, University of Chicago, East Asian Language and Civilizations. Trained in history, Sinology and cultural anthropology, wrote a dissertation on imperial ritual under the Qianlong Emperor later published as Of Body and Brush: Grand Sacrifice as text/performance in 18th c China. This has led to an abiding interest in the imperial and later Chinese state forms as they continue to seek to influence the styles of personhood of their subjects and citizens. I associate religious life with practices, performances, modes of embodiment and their mediation through things. After an excursion into Chinese independent documentary as a form of the ethical activist uses of media, I am returned to a project on the Party-state’s revitalization and instance on filiality as both piety and propaganda. Writing a book on its various media forms including posters, televisions talk shows, museums and films.
Norainie is a lecturer at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her alma mater includes the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she received her MSc in Public Policy and Administration, and she matriculated at Oxford University in 2009 under the Department of Sociology, while affiliated with the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She teaches the following modules: Gender and Development, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Socioeconomic Governance and Globalisation; and coordinates Public Policy Analysis Project for Masters students. She focuses her research on women and young adults, and their lived experiences in contemporary Brunei. Her recent publications include: “Policy Implications for Working Women in Brunei”in Japan Labor Issues Vol. 3(17), pp. 39-46; “The Socioeconomic Context of Fertility Decline and Preference in Brunei”. In Gietel-Basten, S., Casterline, J. and Choe, M. K. (Eds.) (2018). Family Demography in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; “Attitudes Towards Family Formation Among Young Adults in Brunei Darussalam” in Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-e-Niswan, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 15-34; and “How Modest is Modest Fashion? Exploring Notions of Modesty within the Context of Muslim Women’s Hypervisibility on Instagram” in Collaborative Research funded under the Korea-ASEAN Cooperation Project [Phase 3] “Gender Justice and Democracy in Asia”.
Dr. phil. Carola Roloff (monastic name: Bhikṣuṇī Jampa Tsedroen) is a visiting professor for “Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies” at the Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg (foundation lectureship 2018-2025). 2013-2018 Post-Doc and Senior Research Fellow in the European research project “Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies”. 2012 Forum Humanum visiting professor at the Academy of World Religions, and 2010-2017 Principal Investigator on Buddhist nuns’ ordination in the Tibetan canon (DFG project) at the University of Hamburg. Current research focus: Buddhism and dialogue, contextual dialogical theology, Buddhist nuns’ ordination, and research on gender theories.
I am a PhD Candidate in Buddhist Studies at Stanford University. My work is currently focused on Buddhist literary culture at the turn of the Common Era, viewed (to the extent possible) within various political, intellectual, and aesthetic milieux, both Indic and Chinese. I am also interested in manuscript studies, translation studies, museum studies, international Buddhist pilgrimage-tourism, and contemporary Himalayan Buddhism.
My scholarly work has pioneered the use of phenomenological qualitative research methods to empirically discern contemplative and spiritual care characteristics of millennia-old Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist Vajrayāna meditations expressed in the form of religious rituals and group liturgical practices. This work has helped dispel popular prejudices suggesting such religious practices are merely superstitions or a naive form of worship by demonstrating the linguistic and cognitive roles of contemplative symbols in learning Middle Way philosophy and compassionate affect cultivation through the use of traditional meditation techniques.
Two of my current research projects are related to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal: one related to Namche Gompa (Temple) in Sagarmāthā Mt. Everest National Park, which is several days’ walk from the nearest road, and situated at ~3400m altitude, and the other at the Swayambhunath temple of Kathmandu Valley.
Both projects include transcription, transliteration, and translation of primary Buddhist texts. In the case of the Namche Gompa Dumje Festival project, I am working to preserve 100-year old hand-written scrolls of traditional Buddhist ceremonies of the Sherpa community’ s summer festival.
Most of my publications are listed below … due to certain moral and ethical concerns, I do not use online academic social media sites using servers connected to govt intelligence agency funding. Kindly visit my page on the Estonian Research Information System for a complete listing.
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Trinlae, Bhikshuni Lozang. “How to Communicate Complex Spiritual Care Practices of Religious Minorities Using Empirical, Clinical Language: “Proof of Principle” Field Research from Vajrayāna Buddhism.” In Multifaith Perspectives in Spiritual & Religious Care: Change, Challenge and Transformation. Edited by Mohamed Taher. Change, Challenge and Transformation: Canadian Multifaith Federation, forthcoming 2019/2020.
———. “Buddhist Liturgy as a Transformative Mode of Spiritual Care.” In Pastoral and Spiritual Care Across Religions and Cultures II: Spiritual Care and Migration. Edited by Isabelle Noth and Claudia K. Reichenbach, 95–112. Berlin: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage, 2018. Accessed November 11, 2019.
———. Kun-mKhyen Pad-ma dKar-po’s Amitāyus Tradition of Vajrayāna Buddhist Transformative Care: Contemplative Text, Phenomenological Experience, and Epistemological Process. Zurich: LIT-Verlag, 2017. Also published as in Nepal as Kun-mKhyen Pad-ma dKar-po’s Amitāyus Tradition of Vajrayāna Buddhism: Contemplative Text, Phenomenological Experience, and Epistemological Process. Kathmandu: Vajra Books, 2018.
———. “Is South Asia’s Buddhist Leader the Gyalwang Drukpa an Ecofeminist? Dialectical, Grounded Analysis of Eminent Feminist Theology Illuminates the Foundations for a Vajrayana Buddhist Ecofeminism.” International Journal of Dharma Studies 3 (1): 3, 2015.
———. “Prospects for a Buddhist Practical Theology.” International Journal of Practical Theology 18 (1): 7–22, 2014. doi:10.1515/ijpt-2014-0002.
———. “Fearlessness v. Recklessness: A Refutation of Buddhist Gender Essentialism and Chauvinism: Reconsidering the Marks and Signs of a Buddha.” Exemplar, The Journal of South Asian Studies 2 (1), 2013b.
———. “Leveraging Inter-Religious Dialogue into Transformative Action Using Practical Theology’s Reflexive Frameworks.” Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, 51–60, 2013c.
———. “The Mūlasarvāstivāda Bhikṣuṇī Has the Horns of a Rabbit : Why the Master’s Tools Will Never Reconstruct the Master’s House.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics 17, 2010.