Mario Poceski

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Mario Poceski, a professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida, received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with specialization in Buddhist studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000).

Education and work experience

Mario Poceski, a professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida, received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with specialization in Buddhist studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000). He has spent extended periods as a visiting researcher at Komazawa University (Japan), Stanford University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Hamburg (Germany), and has received several prestigious fellowships, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (for senior researchers) .

Selected publications

The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Oxford 2015)

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism(Blackwell 2014)

Introducing Chinese Religions(Routledge 2009)

Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism(Oxford 2007)

Current Project

His current research is centered on important Buddhist texts that deal with medieval monastic institutions and ideals, and the role of ethical observances in the religious lives of monks associated with the Chan (Zen) and Tiantai traditions of Chinese Buddhism. This is part of a larger project on the development of Buddhist monasticism in China and its impact on the evolving social and religious landscapes. While he already have a couple of publications on the subject, this can be considered to be an initial stage of an extensive scholarly undertaking that will result in the publication of a new book— titled Chan, Tiantai, and the Evolution of Buddhist Monasticism in Late Medieval China—which will make major contributions to the study of Chinese religious history and literature.

The main focus of his research during the summer period will be the collecting and analyzing of the various editions, including early manuscripts, of three key texts that deal with monastic rules and ethical principles: Zhiyi’s智顗 (538–597)Li zhifa 立制法 (Establishing Regulations), Guishan’s溈山(771–853)Guishan jingce 溈山警策 (Guishan’s Admonitions), and Xuefeng雪峰 (822–908)Shi guizhi 師規制(Teacher’s Regulations). In conjunction, He will gather and examine other relevant primary and secondary sources in Chinese and Japanese, including related historical records and exegetical literature. Furthermore, He will work on producing a new annotated translation ofLi zhifa and revising his earlier translations of the other two texts. The summer research in East Asia will put him in an excellent position to start writing the main book chapters in the fall of 2016. He plan to finish the book by the fall of 2017 and publish it with Oxford University Press, with which he have a longstanding and productive relationship.

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