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John Kieschnick, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

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

John Kieschnick, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

John Kieschnick is The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Buddhist Studies. Professor Kieschnick specializes in Chinese Buddhism, with particular emphasis on its cultural history. He is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. His latest book, Buddhist Historiography in Chinawill appear from Columbia University Press in 2022. In connection with a regular graduate seminar, he has compiled a primer for reading Buddhist texts in Chinese.

John is co-director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford.

Ph.D., Stanford University (1996); B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1986).