Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute as a Post-doctoral Researcher, Tzu-Lung Chiu was a Post-doctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, having completed her Ph.D. studies at Ghent University, Belgium, in 2016. Her research interests comprise Indian Vinaya rules, contemporary Chinese Buddhism, gender, the Chinese diaspora, and Buddhist rituals and practices. She has also authored a number of research articles on traditional Vinaya rules, regarding such matters as fasting and the handling of money, as they are applied (or not) in contemporary Chinese Buddhist contexts. She is currently researching monastic networks that link Mahāyāna and Theravāda Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Myanmar.
- Transnational networks, localization, and hybridization: the practice and influence of Chinese Buddhism in contemporary Myanmar and Thailand (completed)