Paul Crowe

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Profile

Research interests

  • Chinese Religions (Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism)
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Cross-cultural Philosophy
  • Multiculturalism Policy
  • Migration and Religion and Identity

Education

  • PhD (First class), Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • MA (First class), Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Calgary
  • BA, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Calgary

Biography

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.

Graduate supervision

Topic

Chinese Religions (Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism); Migration and Religion and Identity; Cross-cultural Philosophy (East Asia and Europe)

Courses

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Publication

Books

  • Clart, Philip and Paul Crowe, eds. The People and the Dao: New Studies of Chinese Religions in Honour of Daniel L. Overmyer. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Institut Monumenta Serica, 2009.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Chinese Religious Landscape in the Vancouver Area with A Brief Case Study of Po Yuen Taoist Centre Society,” Archives de sciences sociales des religions. Paris: Editions de l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Forthcoming)
  • “What are “Daoist” Virtues? Seeking an Ethical Perspective on Human Conduct and Ecology.” In Heesoon Bai and David Chang eds., Ecological Virtues (Regina: University of Regina Press). (Forthcoming 2020)
  • “Buddhisms in Diaspora: The Canadian Context of Chinese Buddhism.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press. Article published November 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.596.
  • “Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Transpacific Scriptures from Lü Dongbin 呂洞賓,” in Loyd Wong ed., Chinese Mobilities and Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.
  • “Dao Learning and the Golden Elixir: Shared Paths to Perfection” / “儒家学者与金丹方士 共享中国的根本方 式来理解人类 和自我修养,” Republished in 文化中国 (Culture China). 上海: 上海交通 大学, 2015.
  • “Nature, Motion and Stillness in Li Daochun’s Vision of the Three Teachings.” Republished in Critical Concepts in Religious Studies: Taoism. Ed. Russell Kirkland. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Dharma on the Move: Vancouver Buddhist Communities and Multiculturalism.” In Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014: 198-228.
  • “Dao Learning and the Golden Elixir: Shared Paths to Perfection.” Journal of Daoist Studies 7 (2014): 88-116.
  • "Response to Armour’s Paper: “Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Dec. 2012): 571-579.
  • “Amitābha’s Birthday and Liberation of Life.” In Studying Buddhism in Practice. Ed. John Harding. New York: Routledge, 2012: 130-141.
  • “Nature, Motion and Stillness in Li Daochun’s Vision of the Three Teachings.” Journal of Daoist Studies 5 (2012): 61-88.
  • “Universal Buddhist Temple 世界佛教會: Embracing a Myriad Dhārmas.” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 6 (2010): 89-115.
  • “Chinese Religions in British Columbia.” In Asian Religions in British Columbia. Eds. Donald Baker, Larry DeVries and Daniel L. Overmyer. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010: 249-275.
  • “Daoist Heritage Today” in The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations, 2nd edition. Eds. Peter Clark and Peter Beyer, London: Routledge, 2008: 122-135.
  • “Chaos: A Thematic Continuity Between Early Taoism and the Way of the Golden Elixir.” In Purity of Heart and Contemplation: A Monastic Dialogue Between Christian and Asian Traditions. Ed. Bruno Barnhart and Joseph Wong. New York: Continuum, 2001.
  • “Chapters on Awakening to the Real: A Song Dynasty Classic of Inner Alchemy Attributed to Zhang Boduan (ca. 983-1081).” B.C. Asian Review (Spring 2000):1-40.

Book Reviews

  • Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers. Marcus Bingenheimer. Oxford University Press, 2016. 283 pages + pp., i-xii. Seventeen b/w illustrations. Cloth. $144.00. ISBN: 978-0-19-045619. Review for Religious Studies and Theology 39.1 2020.
  • The Way of Complete Perfection: A Quanzhen Daoist Anthology. Selected, translated, and with an introduction by LOUIS KOMJATHY. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013. xix, 448 pp. ISBN 978-1-4384-4651-6. Journal of Chinese Religions (42.2) 2015: 106-111.
  • Kohn, Livia. Meditation Works in Hindu, Buddhist and Daoist Traditions. Magdalena, NM: Three Pines Press, 2008. Journal of Chinese Religions 29 (2009).

Conference Presentations

  • “Chinese Exclusion in Canada:The Passing and Repealing of the 1923 Chinese Immigration Act.” Conference Title: Global Encounters: Transnational Mobility within and Beyond China, Minzu University, Beijing, PRC. 2018.
  • “The Origins, Evolution, and Critiques of Canada’s Multiculturalism Policy.” Presented to graduate students and faculty. Hosted by the Institute of Global Ethnology and Anthropology, Minzu University, Beijing, PRC. 2018.
  • Convened and chaired “Buddhist Studies in Canada.” Roundtable. At the XVIII International Association of Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto. 2017.
  • “Three Contemporary Spirit Writing Congregations:Adoption of Inner Alchemy Lineages within their Narratives of Continuity.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio Texas, U.S. 2016.
  • “The Chinese Religious Landscape in the Vancouver Area with A Brief Case Study of Po Yuen Taoist Centre Society.” La religion des Chinois de France: Implantations, Croyances et pratiques. Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Paris, France. 2016.
  • “Scriptures from the Sand: Hong Kong Fugei 扶乩 Altar Congregations and their Canadian Connections” Department of Religious Studies. University of Calgary. 2016.
  • “Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Transpacific Scriptures from Lü Dongbin 呂洞賓,” Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, SAR. 2014.
  • “Shared Paths to Perfection: Dao Learning (道學) and the Golden Elixir (金丹),” Chinese University of Hong Kong, SAR. 2014.
  • “Multiculturalism and the Importance of Intercultural Dialogue,” Hunan University of Arts and Science, Changde, China. 2014.
  • “Shared Paths to Perfection: Dao Learning (道學) and the Golden Elixir (金丹),” Nankai University, Tianjin, China. 2014.
  • “Lüzu Altars: A Case Study of a Transpacific Network,” Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. 2014.
  • “Shared Paths to Perfection: Dao Learning (道學) and the Golden Elixir (金丹),” Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR. 2014.
  • “Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Transpacific Scriptures from Lü Dongbin 呂洞賓,” Chinese Mobilities and Canada Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 2014.
  • “Our Filial Obligations to Nature: Reflections on Early Chinese Notions of Ecology.” Invited speaker. Presented a paper to faculty and students at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 2013.

Community and Professional Outreach

  • Presentation at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Mozi (470-329) for an audience at the Vancouver Opera attending a performance of "River of Light.” 2019.
  • Organized and hosted a talk,“The Burden of Housing Refugees: A Perspective from Rohingya Hosting Chittagong” by Dr. Mitra Barua, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, Rice University's Chao Center for Asian Studies. 2019.
  • Co-organized and co-hosted lecture “Caste Matters” by Suraj Senge, inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. in cooperation with Chetna Society of BC, Institute for the Humanities, SFU Library, and the David Lam Centre. 2019.
  • Presentation at Chinatown community storytelling event: “Eight Daoist Immortals Crossing the Sea” 2019.
  • Co-organized, “Two Films and a Talk with Trinh T. Minh-ha” in cooperation with Centre A Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Department of Humanities, Institute for the Humanities, and David Lam Centre. 2018.
  • Lecture, “An Introduction to the Daode jing and its Influence on Chinese Culture.” Richmond Library and Cultural Centre. Richmond, B.C. 2018.
  • Co-organized with Hua Foundation and hosted a panel discussion, “Food Security, Culture and Urban Development in the Context of Vancouver's Chinatown” with Angela Ho (Lead author of the Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report, UBC), Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity’s Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships), Wes Regan (City of Vancouver’s Community Economic Development Planner), Andy Yan, MA, MCIP, RPP, GISP (Director of The City Program, SFU). Vancouver, B.C. 2018.
  • Presentation-Invited. Research Overview. College of the Humanities, Jiliang University. Hangzhou, PRC. 2017.
  • Presentation. “Future Prospects for the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, University of Victoria,” Victoria, B.C. 2016.
  • Panel Chair. “Panel 6: Chinese Language and Chineseness” 9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, Vancouver, B.C. 2016.
  • Panel Chair. “Panel 26: Kang Youwei and the Chinese Empire Reform Association (Baohuanghui, the Society to Protect the Emperor) in Transpacific Politics and Business Ventures, 1899-1911” 9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, Vancouver. 2016.
  • Panel Chair. “Panel 39: Indentured Workers and Coolies, Part 1” 9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, Vancouver, B.C. 2016.
  • Presentation. “Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Lüzu Altars in Hong Kong and Canada.” Richmond Public Library. 2015. Richmond, B.C. 2013.
  • Moderator. Panel: Foodways and Identity, From Exclusion to Inclusion: Forging a Multicultural Identity in British Columbia BC Studies Conference, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC. 2015.
  • Panel Respondent. Documentary Play “Extraction.” DocuAsia at The Cultch Theatre. Vancouver, B.C. 2013.
  • Panel Moderator.  “Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction: Governance Challenges and Opportunities Two Years On.” Sponsored by SFU Asia-Canada Program and the Japan Foundation in cooperation with SFU David Lam Centre. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 2013.
  • Invited Speaker. “The Chinese Head-Tax: A Chapter in Canada’s History.” Guest lecture at Crofton House School. Vancouver, B.C. 2013.
  • Panel Respondent. Edmonton Chinatown Conference. Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre / Shaw Conference Centre. Presented the DLC Chinese Canadian History project. Edmonton, Alberta. 2013.
  • Dialogue. “Roots of an Ecological Consciousness in Buddhist and Daoist Approaches to Cultivation” A dialogue between Ven. Guojun Fashi, Abbot, Mahabodhi Monastery, Singapor and Paul Crowe.” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C. 2013.
  • Panel Member. Presented the DLC Chinese Canadian History project as part of a panel including city planners and members of the City Council. Winnipeg City Hall. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013.
  • Panel Member. Presentation on the DLC Chinese Canadian History Project. National Congress of Chinese Canadians: The 21st Annual General Meeting and Conference. Chinese Cultural Centre. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013.
  • Panel Moderator. Interfaith Dialogue in a Plural Society: The View from Canada. Panel chair at the conference “Interfaith Dialogue in  plural Society” co-hosted by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures and Consulate General of the public of Indonesia in Vancouver. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C. 2013.