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Assistant Professor of Buddhist and Korean Studies

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

Office Location(s): 5145 STB
Phone: 734.764.8652
jahn@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Center for Japanese Studies
    • Nam Center for Korean Studies
  • About

    Professor Ahn is on leave for the Fall 2014 semester. 

    Research interests
    Professor Juhn Ahn is currently investigating the intricate relation between the transformation of the Koryo elite and the new forms of Buddhism that developed in Korea during the fourteenth century. This research is being developed into a book-length study on the history of medieval Korean Buddhism and its relation to the question of identity among the Koryo elite. In addition to the history of Korean Buddhism, Professor Ahn also conducts research on Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) intellectual history and the history of Chan/Zen learning.

    Recent Courses Taught
    Introduction to Buddhism 
    Introduction to Premodern Korean Civilization
    Introduction to the Study of Korean Religions
    Natural Disasters in East Asia

    Recent publications

    • "The Merit of Not Making Merit: Buddhism and the Late Koryo Fiscal Crisis" (2010)
    • Who Has the Last Word in Chan? Transmission, Secrecy, and Reading During the Northern Song Dynasty" (2009)
    • This Way of Ours: Buddhist Memorial Temples and the Search for Values during the Late Koryo Dynasty (2009)
    • "Zen and the Art of Nourishing Life: Labor, Exhaustion, and the Malady of Meditation" (2008)

  • Education
    • PhD, Buddhist Studies, University of California (Berkeley), 2007