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My primary area of research is Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasty traditions of self-cultivation with a focus on Golden Elixir alchemy (Jīndān 金丹). This necessarily entails study of associated Buddhist and Confucian (Rú 儒) textual traditions, as there was continual exchange of ideas between all three domains of praxis. My interest in the classical Chinese world has extended to contemporary Chinese religious institutions in Canada (Buddhist and Daoist), and from there to matters related to migration, religion, and identity. I am also keenly interested in intercultural discussions of ethics, and philosophy more broadly, and the European construction of “philosophy” (zhéxué 哲學) and “religion” (zōngjiào 宗教) in the context of China’s evolving intellectual history.
Chinese Religions (Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism); Migration and Religion and Identity; Cross-cultural Philosophy (East Asia and Europe)
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