Contributors, Issue 1.1




Joy Brennan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College. Her writing engages early Yogācāra source materials to think through questions of identity, suffering, transformative processes, and liberation in individual and social contexts. She is also a priest and teacher in the Soto Zen lineage. Brennan is grateful to the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies, in tandem with the American Council of Learned Societies, which provided her the support necessary to research and write her part of this article.

Clair Brown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. Brown has published research on many aspects of how economies function, including understanding inequality, mitigating the climate emergency, improving sustainability, and evaluating quality of life. Her book Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) provides an economic framework that integrates global sustainability, shared prosperity, and care for the human spirit. Brown’s research team developed a Sustainable Share-prosperity Policy Index that evaluates fifty countries’ economic policies according to how well they protect the environment (sustainability), structure markets to achieve social goals (equity), and provide basic services and opportunities (wellbeing). Brown is the co-founder of the Development Engineering graduate program at UC Berkeley, in which engineering and economics students develop multidisciplinary skills for designing, building, and evaluating systems to help under-resourced regions. She works with environmental justice and faithbased groups to improve California climate policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that improves the lives of vulnerable populations and meets the Paris goal of under 1.5°C temperature rise. Brown’s economic approach has been published in Eminent Economists II (Cambridge University Press). Learn more about Clair’s work on climate and equity here:

Michael Cavayero is Assistant Professor in the School of Arts at Peking University 北京大學藝術學院. He is also cross-appointed as Researcher at Peking University’s Research Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education 北京大學 美學與美育研究中心. His research focuses on medieval Buddhist translation texts and language and their relationship to art historical terminology, including the early theoretical history of Chinese painting.

Ann Gleig is Associate Professor of Religion and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019). She is currently working on a collaborative book project on sexual misconduct and abuse in transnational Buddhism with Amy Langenberg.

Dr. Rey Sheng Her is a scholar, media veteran, and humanitarian, currently serving as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Tzu Chi Foundation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tzu Chi University, Chengchi University (NCCU), and Xuanzang University. He is also an Associate scholar of Harvard University’s CAMLab. Dr. Her received his PhD in Philosophy from Peking University in 2016. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. He is a co-initiator of the Yin-Cheng Distinguished Lecture Series on Buddhism and convener of the Tzu Chi Academic Committee. In addition to a prolific media career as a senior news anchor and producer, Dr. Her has written several books, including Economy of Goodness, which won three awards, including the For Good Award (China), the Shravasti Humanity Award (USA), and the Golden Tripod Award, the highest honor in Taiwanese publication. His publications also include Governance Based on Goodness, The Essential Studies of Tzu Chi Buddhism, Born of a Poet, From Altruism to Ultimate Awakening, The Moment of Inspiration, Constructive Journalism, and Great Love as a Running Water. He is also a co-author of Co-Existing with the Earth and editor of The Buddhist Renaissance, The Universal Value of Buddhism and the Dharma Path of Tzu Chi, and The Dialogue of Religion and Environment, among others.

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author, translator, and editor of numerous works in the field of Buddhist Studies. He has also written extensively on the European encounter with Buddhism. His recent books include Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet (with Thupten Jinpa), Gendun Chopel: Tibet’s Modern Visionary, Seeing the Sacred in Samsara: An Illustrated Guide to the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas, Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra (with Jacqueline Stone), and, as translator, Beautiful Adornment of Mount Meru: A Presentation of Classical Indian Philosophy. Among anthologies, he is the editor of several volumes in the Princeton Readings in Religions series, which he founded. He is also the editor of the Buddhism volume of the Norton Anthology of World Religions and the editor of Buddhist Scriptures for Penguin Classics. In 2008, he was the first scholar of Buddhism to deliver the Terry Lectures at Yale. In 2014, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (written with Robert Buswell) was awarded the Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for best reference work of the year. In 2000, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Parimal G. Patil is Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy at Harvard University, where he teaches in the Department of Philosophy. Currently, he is also chair of the Department of South Asian Studies. His primary academic interests are in the history of Philosophy in India, especially late Buddhist Philosophy and Nyāya, both old and new. In addition, he has long-standing interests in classical Sanskrit intellectual practices.

Venerable Shih Chao-Hwei is Professor and Chair of the Religion and Culture Department of Hsuan-Chuang University, where she also served as dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2010 to 2020. She has led a number of nation-wide social movements, including founding the Life Conservationist Association in Taiwan—where she served as President from 1993 to 1999—and facilitating the legislation of the “Wildlife Conservation Act” and “Animal Protection Act.” In 2001, she championed the “Abolishment of the Eight Precepts for Nuns (attha garu-dhamma),” which opposes Buddhist precepts that discriminate against women. She has spoken in support of LGBT rights and Taiwan’s same-sex marriage equality bill, and in 2012 performed a Buddhist wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple, the first in world Buddhist history. She has written and published thirty-four books and eighty-one journal papers, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 48th Chinese Literature and Arts Medal, the International Outstanding Women in Buddhism Medal, and the 38th Niwano Peace Prize.

Stefania Travagnin is Reader in Chinese Buddhism at SOAS, University of London. She has a MA in Chinese Studies from Ca’Foscari University (Italy) and a PhD in the Study of Religion from SOAS. Travagnin was a visiting professor at Sichuan University and is co-director of the multiyear project “Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan”; within this project, she is exploring Han Buddhist local micro-histories, female communities, patterns of Sangha education, and the spatial ecology of religious sites, focusing especially on the time from the late Qing to the end of the Republican era. Travagnin has also done field research among Buddhist communities in Taiwan for more than twenty years, studying Buddhist women, the phenomenon of Humanistic Buddhism (renjian fojiao 人間佛教), the figure of the monk Yinshun 印順 (1906–2005), and the intersection between religion and media. In Taiwan, she was visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, National Cheng Chi University, Tung Hai University, the Center of Chinese Studies at the National Central Library of Taipei, and currently she is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Buddhism in Taiwan at Hsuan-Chuang University. Travagnin has edited or co-edited several volumes, including Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (Routledge, 2016), the three-volume publication Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions (De Gruyter, 2019–2020), the collection Buddhism and International Humanitarian Law (Routledge, 2023). She is editor-in-chief of the journal Review of Religion and Chinese Society, and co-editor of the journal Contemporary Buddhism.

Wei Daoru 魏道儒 is a Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中國社會科學院; Distinguished Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中國社會科學院大學; Research Fellow at the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中國社會科學院世界宗教研究所; and Director of the Buddhist Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中國社會科學院佛教研究中心.

The Yinshun Cultural & Educational Foundation Translation Team 印順文教基金會翻譯組 consists of various members. At present, the main English translators are Bhikṣu Changtzu and Bhikṣuni Yanrong. Other team members include teachers from the Fuyan Buddhist Institute, such as Bhikṣu Houguan and Bhikṣu Guanzang, who provide special advice relating to doctrinal matters in the Chinese Buddhist canon. Moreover, Professor Peter Skilling, Bhikṣu Juexing, and other experts in Sanskrit and Pāli are consulted on matters relating to Sanskrit and Pāli Buddhist texts and philological issues. In addition, the translation team includes Ms. Renee Otmar, a professional English editor, who provides full editing services.