Curriculum Vitae

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.

Research projects


Articles in Books and Journals

Chiu, T.-L (2020), “The Application of Traditional Rules of Purity (Qinggui) in Contemporary Taiwanese Monasteries”, Buddhist Studies Review [A&HCI], 36(2), pp. 249-277. Link

Chiu, T.-L. (2019), “Bodhisattva Precepts and Their Compatibility with Vinaya in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism: A Cross-Straits Comparative Study”, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 17, pp. 193-224. Link

Chiu, T.-L. (2018). The roles of secular states in the development of contemporary Chinese Buddhism: A cross-strait perspective on Buddhist Nunneries. In P. van der Veer, & K. Dean (Eds.), The secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia (pp. 165-189). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Link

Chiu, T.-L. (2017). An overview of Buddhist precepts in Taiwan and mainland China. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 13, 151-197. Link

Chiu, T.-L. (2015). The Practice of Fasting after Midday in Contemporary Chinese Nunneries. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 9, 57-89.

Chiu, T.-L., & Heirman, A. (2014). The Gurudharmas in Buddhist Nunneries of Mainland China. Buddhist Studies Review, 31(2), 241-272.

Chiu, T.-L. (2014). Rethinking the Precept of Not Taking Money in Contemporary Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese Buddhist Nunneries. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 21, 9-56.

Heirman, A., & Chiu, T.-L. (2012). The Gurudharmas in Taiwanese Buddhist Nunneries. Buddhist Studies Review, 29(2), 279-300.

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