Tzu-lung Chiu

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2016-2017 Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism

Tzu-Lung Chiu was the Sheng Yen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism, 2016-2017. Her research focuses on Indian Vinaya rules, contemporary Chinese Buddhism, gender, the Chinese diaspora, and Buddhist rituals and practices.Having completed her Ph.D. studies at Ghent University, Belgium, in 2016. Her thesis explored how original Indian vinaya monastic rules are applied in the modern bhikkhunī sangha, and to explore how Chinese nunneries inherit traditional monastic rules to meet contemporary needs and achieve future goals. From 2017-2021, she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany. She is currently researching monastic networks that link Mahāyāna and Theravāda Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Myanmar.