Visiting Professor


Associate Professor Guang Xing

Visiting Professor
Associate Professor Guang Xing received his Ph.D. from School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 2003. He is an Associate Professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong and Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation and a Visiting Professor in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at the University of British Columbia.

His publications include The Concept of the Buddha: Its Evolution from Early Buddhism to the Trikaya Theory (Routledge 2005) and The Historical Buddha (Beijing Religious Culture Publication 2005) together with many academic papers. He is currently working on the issue of filial piety in Chinese Buddhism and has already published several papers on the topic.


Venerable Ding Yuan

Visiting Professor
Venerable Ding Yuan was born in 1977 in Fujian province, China. He was among the pioneer cohort of post-graduates from the Buddhist College of Minnan in 2002. Six years later, he received his MA (Literature) from Hanazono University (Kyoto,Japan). Subsequently he obtained his PhD (Literature) from International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo) in 2011 and is currently working in the college’s Institute of Old Japanese Buddhist Manuscripts as a researcher, engaged in philological studies of Buddhist sculptures.

He has published several academic papers like “A Study on the Author of Dunhuang manuscript S.1087”, “On the Newly founded old Japanese Buddhist Manuscripts Hujing-Jing”, “On the newly founded works of Korean monk Wŏnhyo from Dunhuang manuscripts”.


Dr Kent Lin

Visiting Professor
Dr. Kent Lin received his PhD from National Taiwan University. The topic of his dissertation is: Philosophical Comparison of Laozi and Mulamadhyamakakarika: Taking Linguistic Strategy, Oppositional Thinking, and Viewpoint of Being and Nonbeing as Clues. Now he is a full time professor in Taiwan TzuChi University.

His main research interests include Philosophy of Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology, YinShun Buddhist Philosophy, and Taiwan Buddhism. He has published one book: The Best among All Theories: An Advocacy of Yin-Shun’s Philosophy of Humanistic Buddhism (in Chinese).

Professor Lewis R. Lancaster

Professor Lewis R. Lancaster

Visiting Professor
Professor Lewis R. Lancaster studied his B.A. in Roanake College in 1954. He pursued on to M.Th. at USC-ST in 1958 and obtained his PhD from University of Wisconsin in 1968. He had served in various educational institutions in Asia and America, such as Peking University in China, Korea University, University of Hong Kong and University of Michigan.

Professor Lancaster also holds several extramural positions as a committee member, program and conference chairman. In addition, he is the author of numerous publications for nearly 13 years. He is currently the Professor (Emeritus) of University of California, Berkeley.


Venerable Dr. Yuan Liu

Visiting Professor
Venerable Dr. Yuan Liu was born in Sichuan province, China. He entered into the Order in 1991 and has since studied Mahayana Buddhism at Minnan Buddhist College in Xiamen and Buddhist Academy of China in Beijing for nearly seven years.He went on to Sri Lanka to study Sanskrit, Pali and Theravada Buddhism at The Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies from University of Kelaniya, for nearly eight years, and obtained M.A and Ph.D degrees there.

He had taught at Minnan Buddhist College in Xiamen and at International Buddhist College in Thailand. While lecturing in Thailand, he had also served as acting dean of faculty of religious studies as well as dean of research school. His personal interests of research are mainly focused on comparative studies of Abhidharma of northern tradition, Buddhist Sanskrit etc.


Ven Dr. Wei Shan

Visiting Professor
Venerable Dr. Wei Shan is a Professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies in the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy of Renmin University of China, and a Visiting Scholar (September 2012 to August 2013) in the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.

His works include “Samādhi and Vikşepa in Sarvāstivāda Abhidharma”,published in Journal of Buddhist studies, Vol. III, pp.190-211, Colombo: Centre for Buddhism Studies, 2005; “Conflicts and Fusions of Ideas during The Introduction of Buddhism from India to China”, The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 2011, pp.121-139; “Controversy on the ārūpyadhātu in the Abhidharma Tradition,” published in Buddhist and Pali Studies in Honour of Venerable Professor Kakkapaliye Anuruddha, the University of Hong Kong,2009,as well as numerous Chinese publications.

He is well versed in many languages and is currently translating works such as Charles S. Prebish & Damien Keown’s Introducing Buddhism (from English to Chinese); Ven. Prof. Dhammajoti’s Readling Buddhist Sanskrit Texts: An elementary Grammatical Introduction (from English to Chinese) and Abhidharmakośabhyāṣam Chapiter VIII with Yasomitra’s Sphūtarthā Abhidharmakośavyākhyā (from Pali to English).


Professor Cheng Chen-huang

Visiting Professor
Professor Cheng Chen-huang, born in Taiwan in 1945, BA of National Taiwan University with major in British and American literature, Master of Law of National Chengchi University with major in journalism.

Current positions: President of Amala Association, Director of Mahayana Buddhist Institute of Chingchueh Sangha University, Vice-President of Lay Buddhist Association, President and Chief Editor of Precious Raft Ratna Yana Magazine and directors of several foundations, etc. Experiences: President of Torch of Wisdom Publishing House, Publisher of Torch of Wisdom Monthly, Vice President / Secretary-general of Torch of Wisdom Buddhist Association, part-time researcher of Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Vice President of Buddhist Viriya College, part-time lecturer of Chinese Culture University and World Journalism College, Secretary-general of Taiwan Conference on Religion for Peace, etc.

Attended international religious conferences. Presented a paper at a Roman Vatican conference. Conducted meditation retreats and gave lectures in Taiwan and abroad. Publications include “Ajhan Buddhadasa”, Chinese version of “Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”, etc. totaling 34 books and over 1,000 articles.