Benjamin Brose

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Assistant Professor of Chinese Buddhism

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 6151 STB
Phone: 734.763.7888

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Chinese Studies
    • Center for Japanese Studies
    • Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Fields of Study
    • Buddhist Studies
    • Chinese Religions
  • About

    Research Interests

    Professor Brose specializes in the history and culture of medieval and modern Chinese Buddhism. He has written about the exchange of Buddhist texts in East Asia, the historical development of Chan lineages and their traditions, literati critiques of Buddhist monks and their patrons, and the discovery and distribution of Buddhist relics in the twentieth century. His current projects include a study of modern representations of the medieval monk Xuanzang, a translation of Chan master Fayan Wenyi’s “Ten Admonishments,” and a study of Buddhist relics and war memorials in East Asia.

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Zen: History, Culture, & Critique
    • Buddhism and Death
    • Alchemy, Immortality, & Enlightenment: Chinese Religiosities Past & Present
    • Zen Masters, Dharma Bums, & Drag Queens: Buddhism in America

    Recent Publications

    • “Resurrecting Xuanzang: the Modern Travels of a Medieval Monk.” In Kiely and Jessup,eds. Buddhists and Buddhism in the History of 20th Century China. Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2015.
    • “Credulous Kings and Immoral Monks: Song Literati Critiques of Buddhism during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms.” Asia Major 27 (2014).
    • “Crossing Ten-Thousand Li of Waves: The Return of China’s Lost Tiantai Texts.”   Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, vol. 29.1 2006 (published 2008).

  • Education
    • PhD, Stanford University, 2009
    • MA, Stanford University, 2004
    • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
    • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996