Education and work experience
Professor Lou Yulie was born in 1934 in Hangzhou,from Shengxian County in Zhejiang Province. He graduated from the Philosophy Department of Peking University in 1960. After his graduation, he was assigned to work at his alma mater, and has been employed as a professor of Philosophy since September 1985, doctoral supervisor since 1990 and deputy dean of the Philosophy department from 1987 to 1993.
His other titles include:
* Member of the Academic committee of Peking University since 1989
* Member of the National Ancient Books Publishing Planning Group since 1981
* Member of the discipline appraisal group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council from 1992 to 1997
* Member of the advisory committee of the humanities and social science Research of the Ministry of Education
* Trustee, vice president and advisor of the China Society for the Study of Religion from 1998 to 1995
* Trustee and academic committee member of the International Federation of Confucianism since 1999
Currently, he is an honorary president of the Religious Culture Research Institute and a tutor at Peking University’s Traditional Chinese Culture Institute.
Main academic thoughts
Professor Lou Yulie has been working on teaching and researching on the area of history of Chinese Philosophy, Chinese Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. He is well known nationally and internationally for his study of the history of Chinese Philosophy, especially the study of metaphysics during the Wei and Jin period (AD 220-420) and the modern philosophy of China. His most important work, Collation of the Works of Wang Bi, received a third place prize from the National Ancient Books Collation, and is regarded as the classic book in this field. Some of his published papers are: Analysis of Guo Xiang’s Philosophy Thoughts, Metaphysics and Chinese Traditional Philosophy, Yuan Hong and Metaphysics in Eastern Jin Dynasty (AD 317-420), The Origin of Divination, Kang Youwei and the Modern Transformation of Confucianism, Evolution and Prospects of Confucianism in China. These papers are collected in the book,A Refresher -- A Collection of Papers on Chinese Philosophy. His research in Chinese Buddhist history and Buddhist philosophy focuses on Zen thoughts and the modern history of Buddhism. His papers in these areas include the Dunhuang version of Dharma Platform Sutra, Biography of Master Cao Xi and Early Zen Thoughts, Commentary on Hu Shi’s Study of the Zen History, and Yang Wenhui – Promoter of China's Modern Buddhism. These papers are collected in the bookBuddhism and the Spirit of Humanism in China.
Professor Lou Yulie has been devoting to carrying forward Chinese Buddhism and traditional philosophy. He believes that traditional culture is not the opposite of modern society, but we should encourage traditional culture to be absorbed and developed in modern society. The core value of the traditional culture, which has stood the test of time, should be a fundamental part of contemporary Chinese values.
He views that the spirit of Chinese culture has been eroded and distorted by western concepts and interpretations. By comparing the western religious concepts of sacredness and secularity with Chinese religions concepts of sainthood and popularization, Professor Lou thinks the western concepts are opposite from each other, while the Chinese ones are unified. Therefore, if Chinese philosophy and religion are not practiced, they will lose their own characteristics.
Professor Lou has not only vigorously highlighted the practical significance of Confucianism but also expounded the people-oriented, self-liberated humanistic spirit of Mahayana Buddhism. He pointed out that such significance is reflected in its endeavor to transform people's mind with the spirit of Buddhism, thus bringing them realistic benefits. In his eyes, Buddhism brings people compassion, wisdom, peace and humanity.
He takes the faith in Guanyin Bodhisattva as an example to illustrate all kinds of expedient means leading to liberation by the power of Buddha and Bodhisattvas. This illustrates the spirit of compassion embodied in Mahayana Buddhism, showing that Buddha was willing to be in human society for the benefit of all living creatures. On various occasions, he makes great effort to explore and sort out the spiritual "seeds" deeply buried in the soul of the Chinese nation due to cultural accumulation. He gives a brilliant summary of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism in China: to take things up, to let things go and to see things through because Confucianism encourages people to be persevering and take on responsibilities; Buddhism helps them gain insight into the questions of birth and death，and impermanence; and Taoism advocates quietude.
Buddhism and Spirit of Humanism in China, Beijing: China Religious CulturePublisher, 2003.
Causerie about the Integration of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, Chinese Literature and History, 1986 (8).
Characteristics of Early Modern Chinese Buddhism and Evaluation, Journal of Literature, History & Philosophy, 1986 (1).
The Dunhuang Version of Dharma Platform Sutra, Biography of Master Cao Xi and Early Zen Thoughts, Collection of Buddhist Seminar of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, San Qin Publishing House, 1990.
The New Theory of Buddhism of YangDu, China and Japan Buddhist Studies, China Social Sciences Press, 1989.
Spirit of Peace in Buddhism, International Politics Quarterly, 1989 (4).
Buddhism and Modern Chinese Philosophy, Collection on China Modern History of Philosophy, China Renmin University Press, 1989.
Master Tai Xu and China Early Modern Buddhism, Collection on International Conference for a Hundredth Anniversary of Master Tai Xu, Hong Kong Fa Zhu Press, 1990.
Importance of Zen Enlightening Epistemology, The Voice of Dharma, 1991.
Buddhism and the Spirit of Modern Culture, Collection on Fo Kwang Mountain International Buddhist Academic Conference, Feb. 1992.
The Spirit of Harmony and Its Features in Modern Chinese Buddhism, Collections on Buddhist Studies (1991), Taiwan Fo Kwang Publishing House, September 1992.
Buddhist Thoughts of Master Yuan Ying, Collections on the 40th Anniversary of Master Yuan Ying’s Parinirvana, WuXuan Publishing House, 1993.
On Chan Theory "Innate Purity", Journal of Yanjing,Peking University Press, 1998 (2).
Lotus Sutra and Avalokitesvara’s Beliefs, Studies in World Religions, 1998.
Buddhism and Confucianism in China, Interpretation and Development of China Philosophy — Collection commemorating the 90th Birthday of Zhang Dainian, Peking University Press, 1999.
Compassion, Wisdom and Liberation in Mahayana Buddhism, Shanghai Buddhism, 1999 (3).
‘No-self' and 'Self' — Modern Understanding of Buddhist Selflessness', Studies in World Religions, 2000 (2).
A Brief Discussion on Master Yin Guang’s Chanting Practice, Minnan Buddhist Journals, 2000 (1).
An Overview of Modern Buddhism Exchange between China and Japan, Modern Communication and Comparative Study of Buddhism, Religion and Culture Publishing House, 2000.
'Enlightenment without Scriptures & Enlightenment through Scriptures', China Chan Buddhism (1), Zhonghua Book Company, 2002.
International Conference on Sinology Translators, November 2014
10th International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak, May 2013,
3rd World Buddhist Forum, April 2012
1st Changan Buddhist International Symposium, October 2010
1st International Symposium on Buddhist Ideas of Master XuYun, October 2009
2nd World Buddhist Forum, April 2009
2nd International Conference on Buddhism, August 2007
A Century International Academic Conference on Buddhism, October 2006
A Century International Academic Conference on Buddhism, October 2006
Beijing Forum The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All — Philosophical Dialogue and Cultural Exchange, 2004
Gift of Culture — International Conference on Sinology Study in 1998
Restudy of Materialist Dialectics — the Second Sino-Japanese Seminar about Materialist Dialectics, 1991
Roles Tuixi Theory Played in the Confucianism — the 11th International Academic Conferences about Tuixi Theory, 1989
1985 Sino-Japan Buddhist Conference (and beyond)