Michaela Mross | curriculum vitae

Michaela Mross

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Stanford University
Department of Religious Studies
450 Serra Mall, Building 70
Stanford, CA 94305-2165
650.723.0469
mmross@stanford.edu

Academic Appointments

2016 – present Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Assistant Professor
2014 – 2016 Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Buddhism
2013 – 2014 Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany
Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)
2012 – 2013 Headquarters of the Sōtō School, Tokyo, Japan
Research Fellow
2007 – 2012 Research Institute for Japanese Music Historiography, Ueno Gakuen University, Japan
Visiting Researcher

Education

2008 – 2014                 Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Major: Japanese Studies, Minor: Chinese Studies
2010 – 2013 Ph.D. Student, Komazawa University, Japan
Major: Buddhist Studies
Graduated with manki taigaku 満期退学 (i.e., completed course work)
2008 – 2010 Research Student, Komazawa University, Japan
Major: Buddhist Studies
2002 – 2007 M.A., University of Hamburg, Germany
Major: Japanese Studies, Minors: Chinese Studies and Musicology
1997 – 2000 Berklee College of Music, Boston
B.M., Major: Professional Music (Performance and Jazz Composition)

Fellowships and Honors

2014 – 2016 Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism
University of California, Berkeley
2008 – 2013                 Japanese Government Scholarship for Research Students
Komazawa University, Japan
2008 – 2010 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service
2008 Karl H. Ditze Award
M.A. thesis, University of Hamburg
2007 – 2008                 Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Fellowship
Research Institute for Japanese Music Historiography, Ueno Gakuen University, Japan
2004 Japan Foundation Scholarship
Japanese-Language Program for Researchers and Postgraduate Students Osaka, Japan

Publications

Edited Volume

2016 Co-edited with Barbara Ambros and James Ford. Kōshiki in Japanese Buddhism. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43/1. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture.

Articles and Book Chapters

2017 “Prayer Beads in Japanese Sōtō Zen.” In Zen and Material Culture, edited by Pamela Winfield and Steven Heine. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
2016 “Vocalizing the Lament over the Buddha’s Passing: A Study of Myōe’s Shiza kōshiki.” In Kōshiki in Japanese Buddhism. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43/1: 89-130. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture.
2016 “Myōe’s Nehan kōshiki: An Annotated Translation.” In online supplement 2. Kōshiki in Japanese Buddhism. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43/1: 1-20. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture.
2016 With Barbara Ambros and James Ford: “Editors’ Introduction.” In Kōshiki in Japanese Buddhism. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43/1: 1-15. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture.
2015 “Vocalizing the Remembrance of Dōgen: A Study of the Shinpen hōon kōshiki.” In Dōgen and Sōtō Zen, edited by Steven Heine, 210-234. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
2013 “Noto Sōjiji to Gasan kōshiki ni tsuite 2: Ryōson shōkitō sajōchō to Gasan kō kada wo chūshin ni 能登總持寺と峨山講式について(二)ー『両尊征忌等差定帳』と「峨山講伽陀」を中心にー (On the Buddhist Ceremonial for Gasan at Sōjiji in Noto 2: An Analysis of the Procedures of the Memorial Services of the Two Venerable Ones and the Verses of the Buddhist Ceremonial for Gasan).” Sōtōshū kenkyūin kenkyū kiyō 43 曹洞宗研究員研究紀要第43号: 163-187.
2013 “Kōyasan zō Sakujitsu Rakan kōshiki ni tsuite: Sōtōshū no Rakan kōshiki to no hikaku 高野山蔵『朔日羅漢講式』についてー曹洞宗の『羅漢講式』との比較ー (On the Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats of Mt. Kōya with a Comparison to the Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats of the Sōtō School).” In Ronshū bungaku to ongakushi: shiika kangen no sekai 論集 文学と音楽史ー詩歌管絃の世界ー, edited by Iso Mizue, 317-340. Osaka: Izumi shoten.
2013 “Sōjiji no nisoki ni kansuru kōsatsu: Jissōji shozō Gasan kōshiki saimon to shikimon wo chūshin ni 總持寺の二祖忌に関する考察ー実相寺所蔵「峨山講式祭文」と「式文」を中心にー (A Study of the Memorial Services for Gasan Jōseki at Sōjiji based on the Offertory Declaration and the Central Text of the Buddhist Ceremonial for Gasan).” Shūkyōgaku ronshū 32 宗教学論集第 32 輯: 107-136.
2012 “Keizan to Butsuji kōshiki: Sōjijikei to Yōkōjikei no sōiten ni tsuite 瑩山紹瑾と「仏慈講式」ー總持寺系と永光寺系の相違点についてー (Keizan and the Buddhist Ceremonial for Zen Master Butsuji: A Study of the Sōjiji and Yōjiji Transmission Lineages).” Indogaku Bukkyōgaku Kenkyū 61印度学仏教学研究第61号: 26-30.
2012 “Buddhistische Rezitationskunst in den Shingon-Schulen am Beispiel des Shiza kōshiki.” In Religiöse Tradierung in Japan, edited by Katja Triplett, 17-53. Halle: Universitätsverlag Halle-Wittenberg.
2012 “Noto Sōjiji to Gasan kōshiki ni tsuite 能登總持寺と「峨山講式」について (On the Buddhist Ceremonial for Gasan at Sōjiji in Noto).” Sōtōshū sōgō kenkyūsentā gakujutsu taikai kiyō 13 曹洞宗総合研究センター学術大会紀要第13号: 315-320.
2012 “Rankei Dōryū Rakan kōshiki ni tsuite: Sono seiritsu to denpa wo chūshin ni 蘭渓道隆『羅漢講式』についてーその成立と伝播を中心にー (On the Composition and Transmission of Rankei Dōryū’s Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats).” Indogaku bukkyōgaku kenkyū 60 印度学仏教学研究第60号: 682-687.
2011 “Sōtōshū ni okeru Rakan kōshiki no hensen 曹洞宗における羅漢講式の変遷 (The Ritual Dynamics of the Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats in the Sōtō School).” Sōtōshū sōgō kenkyūsentā gakujutsu taikai kiyō 12 曹洞宗総合研究センター学術大会紀要第12号: 479-484.
2010 “Sōtōshū no hōon kōshiki ni kansuru kōsatsu: Butsuji kōshiki to Tōjō dentō kōshiki ni tsuite 曹洞宗の報恩講式に関する考察ー佛慈講式と洞上傳燈講式についてー (Buddhist Ceremonials for Eminent Monks in the Sōtō School: A Study of the Buddhist Ceremonial for Zen Master Butsuji and the Buddhist Ceremonial for the History of the Sōtō School).” Indogaku bukkyōgaku kenkyū 58/2 印度学佛教学研究58/2: 166-169.
2009 “A Survey of the Literature on shōmyō in Europe and America.” In Bukkyō seigaku ni kiku kanjion: bonbai ni koin wo saguru 仏教声楽に聴く漢字音ー梵唄に古韻を探るー, 206-214. Tōkyō: Nishogakusha Daigaku.
2009 “Ōbei ni okeru shōmyō kanren bunken no genjō 欧米における声明関連文献の現状 (A Survey of the Literature on shōmyō in Europe and America).” In Bukkyō seigaku ni kiku kanjion: bonbai ni koin wo saguru 仏教声楽に聴く漢字音ー梵唄に古韻を探るー,197-205. Tōkyō: Nishogakusha Daigaku.

Book Reviews

2014 Book note on Kevin Gray Carr: Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012. Religious Studies Review 40/3: 171-172.
2012 Book Note on Paula Arai: Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals, Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011. Religious Studies Review 39: 52.

Entries in Dictionaries

2014 “Hakase 博士,” “Hyōbyaku 表白,” “Shichisan 四智讃,” “Shika hōyō 四箇法要,” “Shōmyō 声明,“ and “Wasan 和讃.” In Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, edited by Charles Muller (http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/)
2012 “Kōshiki 講式” and “Shiza kōshiki 四座講式.” In Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, edited by Charles Muller (http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/)

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

2016 “Singing and Enacting the Dharma: Kōshiki as Preaching Literature in Medieval Japan.” AAS-in-ASIA in Kyoto, Japan, Panel: “Between Performance and the Page: Buddhist Preaching in East Asia,” June 26.
2015 “Chanting with the Dragon’s Voice: Music and Musical Notation in Japanese Sōtō Zen.” Symposium on “Buddhist Ritual Music,” University of California, Berkeley, November 6.
2015 “‘Can you hear the great sound of the holy footsteps?’ A Case Study of the 650th Memorial Service of the Sōtō monk Gasan Jōseki.” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference in Chicago, Panel: “Grand Death Anniversaries in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism: Remembrance, Rejuvenation, and Proselytizing,” March 28.
2015 “Buddhist Music, Rituals, and Founder Worship: The Development of Kōshiki in the Sōtō School.” UCLA Asia Institute, Colloqium Talk, February 27.
2014 “Rituale im Wandel: Interperformativität und rituelle Rahmen am Beispiel eines buddhistischen Zeremonials für die Sechzehn Arhats (Rituals on the Move: Interperformativity and Ritual Frames on the Example of a Buddhist Ceremonial for the Sixteen Arhats).” Conference of the Study Group Premodern Japanese Literature on “Literature and Ritual,” University of Göttingen, Germany, June 28.
2014 “Remembering Keizan Jōkin and the History of the Sōtō School: Founder Worship, Institutional Identity, and Temple Rivalries.” International Symposium on “Communities of Memory: Reimagining and Reinventing the Past in East Asian Buddhism,” University of Hamburg, Germany, May 24.
2014 “The Independence Movement of Sōjiji: A Milestone in the Formation of Modern Sōtō Zen.” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Panel: “Constructing Modern Sōtō Zen Institutional Identity: The Role of Temple Images, Rivalries, Crossovers,” March 30.
2013 “Rituals and Fluid Texts: A Study of Buddhist Ceremonials at the Zen Temple Sōjiji.” Poster presentation at the Meeting of the German Association for the Study of Religions, Göttingen, Germany, September 11-14.
2013 “Zenshū no kōshiki kenkyū ni tsuite 禅宗の講式研究について (Research on Buddhist Ceremonials of the Zen Schools).” Komazawa daigaku bukkyō gakkai, Tokyo, Japan, January 26.
2012 “Die Arhats als Beschützer im Zen-Buddhismus (The Arhats as Protectors in the Zen Schools).” 15th German Japanese Studies Conference, University of Zurich, Switzerland, August 28.
2012 “Rituals in Zen Temples in Kamakura.” Guest lecture during the lecture series “Kamakura Zen no genryū 鎌倉禅の源流 (The Origins of Zen Buddhism in Kamakura),” Adult Education Center, Yokosuka, Japan, July 31.
2012 “Keizan Jōkin to Butsuji kōshiki ni tsuite 瑩山紹瑾と『仏慈講式』について (Keizan Jōkin and the Buddhist Ceremonial for Zen Master Butsuji).” Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Tsurumi University, Yokohama, Japan, June 30.
2012 Shōmyō 声明 (Japanese Buddhist Chant).” Guest lecture during the course “History of Music,” Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan, May 1.
2012 “Interperformativität und Wandel Buddhistischer Rituale: Eine lokalgeschichtliche Studie zu kōshiki im Sōtō-Zen-Tempel Sōjiji (Interperformativity and Change of Buddhist Rituals: A Local History Study of Kōshiki at the Sōtō Zen Temple Sōjiji).” Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, February 9.
2011 “Shinshutsu shiryō Gasan kō kada ni tsuite 新出史料「峨山講伽陀」について (On the newly discovered Verses for the Buddhist Ceremonial for Gasan).” 13th Conference of the Sōtō School Research Center, Tokyo, Japan, October 26.
2011 “Rankei Dōryū Rakan kōshiki ni tsuite 蘭渓道隆『羅漢講式』について (On Rankei Dōryū’s Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats).” Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan, September 8.
2011 Shōmyō-Gesänge der Sōtō-Zen-Schule Japans (Buddhist Chant of the Japanese Sōtō Zen School).” Introductory lecture at the music festival Himmel auf Erden, Shōmyō Concert of the Ensemble “Zen Kūge Ryūgin kai,” Wittenberg, Germany, June 30.
2011 “Rhetorik in Buddhistischen Zeremonialen (kōshiki) der Sōtō-Schule“ (Rhetoric in the kōshiki of the Sōtō School).” Rhetoric in Premodern Japan, Conference of the Premodern Japanese Literature Study Group, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, May 28.
2011 “Ritual und Rhetorik: Strategien Buddhistischer Zeremoniale (kōshiki) im Zen” (Ritual and Rhetoric: Strategies of kōshiki in Zen Buddhism).” Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany, May 26.
2011 “Kenchōji no Rakan kōshiki o megutte 建長寺の羅漢講式をめぐって (On the Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats at the Temple Kenchōji).” Kamakura Zen Kenkyūkai, Kamakura, Japan, February 17.
2010 “Sōtōshū ni okeru Rakan kōshiki no hensen 曹洞宗における羅漢講式の変遷 (The Ritual Dynamics of the Buddhist Ceremonial for the Arhats in the Sōtō School).” 12th Conference of the Sōtō School Research Center, Tokyo, Japan, October 28.
2010 Shōmyō 声明 (Japanese Buddhist Chant).” Guest lecture during the course “History of Music,” Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan, May 26.
2009 “The Vocal Performance of Kōshiki: A Study of the Shiza kōshiki in the Shingon Schools.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Montreal, Canada, Panel: “Points of View on the History of Kōshiki: Discourse and Performativity of a Liturgical Genre,” November 8.
2009 “Sōtōshū no hōon kōshiki ni kansuru kōsatsu: Butsuji kōshiki to Tōjō dentō kōshiki ni tsuite曹洞宗の報恩講式に関する考察ー佛慈講式と洞上傳燈講式についてー (On Buddhist Ceremonials for Eminent Monks in the Sōtō School: A Study of the Buddhist Ceremonial for Zen Master Butsuji and the Buddhist Ceremonial on the History of the Sōtō School).” Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Ōtani University, Kyoto, Japan. September 8.
2009 “The Development of Hōon Kōshiki in the Sōtō School: Hagiography in a Ritual Context.” 13th Asian Studies Conference Japan, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, Panel: “Over One Thousand Years of Kōshiki: Points of View on the History and Performance of a Buddhist Ritual Genre,” June 21.
2008 “The Rakan kōshiki: A Worship Ritual as a Form of Discourse in the Sōtō School.” 12th European Association for Japanese Studies Conference, Lecce, Italy, September 21.
2006 “The Performance of shōmyō in kōshiki: A Sounding World of Japanese Sōtō Zen.” University of Hamburg, Germany, Lecture Series: Religious Music in Asia and Africa, January 10.

Organization of Conferences, Lecture Series, and Panels

Fall 2016 Conference “Buddhist Ritual Music” (assisted in organizing)
University of Berkeley, California
Summer 2015 Lecture Series “Ostasien und die Macht heiliger Klänge (East Asia and the
Power of Sacred Sounds)” (together with Katja Triplett and Birgit Abels)
University of Göttingen, Germany
March 2015 Panel “Grand Death Anniversaries in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism:
Remembrance, Rejuvenation, and Proselytizing”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, USA
June 2014 Conference “Literature and Ritual,” 14th Meeting of the Premodern Japanese
Literature Study Group (together with Katja Triplett)
University of Göttingen, Germany
November 2009 Panel “Points of View on the History of Kōshiki: Discourse and Performativity of a Liturgical Genre”
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Montreal, Canada
June 2009 Panel “Over One Thousand Years of Kōshiki: Points of View on the History and Performance of a Buddhist Ritual Genre” 13th Asian Studies Conference Japan, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Winter 2005-06 Lecture Series “Religious Music in Asia and Africa”
University of Hamburg, Germany

Additional Service

2011 Concert Tour of the Buddhist Priest Choir Zen Kūge Ryūgin kai
Wittenberg, Stuttgart, and Cologne (Germany) Assisted in organizing, Interpreter, and MC

Languages

German, English, French (reading ability), Japanese, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Association for Asian Studies
European Association of Japanese Studies
Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies