Skip to content Skip to navigation


The field of Buddhist Studies encompasses Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese varieties of Buddhism in their historical and cultural contexts.  

Training emphasizes research in primary sources and requires reading knowledge of the languages relevant to the area of specialization, which may include Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan.  Students are encouraged to design their own course of study, to explore different academic disciplines, and to undertake independent research.  

The department’s program works closely with the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, which provides library and study facilities, research support and extracurricular activities.  The department enjoys a close collaborative relationship with the University of California, Berkeley, in the study of Asian religions.


Portrait Picture of Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies
Profile photo of Eric

Eric Huntington

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Religious Studies
Photo of John Kieschnick

John Kieschnick, Department Chair

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Buddhist Studies

Mark E. Lewis

Professor of History and, by courtesy, Religious Studies
Profile Photo of Michaela

Michaela Mross

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Michael Radich

Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies