Buddhist Studies


Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at FSU focuses on the academic study of Buddhism across a broad spectrum of historical, doctrinal, and cultural formations. The program offers a variety of research opportunities, scholarly events, and outreach activities, often in collaboration with other departments and programs on campus. Opportunities include M.A. and Ph.D. graduate training in Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhism, competitive graduate fellowships, such as the Sheng Yen Buddhist Studies Lecture Series, the Tessa J. Bartholomeusz Lecture Series in Religion, invited lectures, and graduate student conferences.


The 7th Annual Sheng Yen Lecture 2020

Dr. Robert Campany : "The Dreams of Self-Cultivators: Comparing a Daoist and a Buddhist Text for Practitioners"

Friday, January 24, 2020
4:30pm to 6:30pm
103 Dodd Hall Auditorium


The 18th Annual Bartholomeusz Lecture 2019

Dr. Adheesh Sathaye
Associate Professor of Sanskrit Literature and South Asian Folklore
University of British Columbia

“Language of the Zombies: Shivadasa’s Vetala Tales and the Sanskrit Public Culture of Medieval India”
Wednesday, March 7th, 2019, 5:00pm 103 Dodd Hall Auditorium


THE 6th Annual Sheng Yen Lecture 2018

Dr. Eric Greene : "Repentance in the Formation of Chinese Buddhism"
Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 103 Dodd Hall Auditorium


The 5th Annual Sheng Yen Lecture 2017

in conjunction with the FSU Graduate Student Buddhist Studies Conference (Details here)

Dr. Meir Shahar : "The Many Faces of the Chinese Horse God"

Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00pm to 6:00pm
103 Dodd Hall Auditorium


The 4th Annual Sheng Yen Lecture 2017

Dr. James Benn : "Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China"

Friday, March 3, 2017
4:30pm to 5:30pm
103 Dodd Hall Auditorium


The 16th Annual Bartholomeusz Lecture 2017

Dr. Steven Collins
Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities
University of Chicago

“The Sociology of Wisdom:
Supererogation in Morality and Society”

January 13th, 2017, 4:30pm, DHA 103


Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Studies

About the Fellowship:
With the generous support of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, the Fellowship intends to advance the academic careers of outstanding young scholars whose area of research is Buddhism in China. Preference will be given to applicants whose work also addresses Chinese Buddhism’s historical interactions with other religious traditions and in other regions, including but not limited to South, East, Central, and Inner Asia. The Fellowship will provide them with time and funding to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach one undergraduate course and one graduate course during the academic year under the Buddhist Studies Program at FSU. In addition, Fellows will give one public talk on their research as part of the Sheng Yen Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies, and they are expected to take part in regular Buddhist Studies events and workshops. The term of the appointment is from August 16, 2016 to May 1, 2017, with the possibility of renewal for another year.

Salary and benefits will be competitive. An equal opportunity employer, the Florida State University is committed to hiring and supporting faculty who can contribute to our development of a culturally diverse community through teaching, research, and scholarship.

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2016, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2016, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion. In addition to doctoral students approaching completion or recently graduated, those currently serving as assistant professors, lecturers, or postdoctoral scholars in other programs are welcome to apply, provided they have earned their degree within six years of the date of application. A Doctorate in Arts (D.A.), honorary doctorate, or any other degree equivalent is not considered a qualified Ph.D. for the purpose of application to this fellowship.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate school transcripts
  • A personal statement of no more than 2,000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application
  • A writing sample
  • A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests, along with a brief course proposal (with optional syllabi) of the course they intend to teach at FSU (Note: FSU courses normally meet a total of three hours per week throughout a sixteen-week semester)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Application Deadline and Notification of Award


All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before Friday, January 30, 2016. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Only complete online applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in March, 2016.

Our University requires that all job applicants register with our University’s OMNI system. This process should take no more than a few minutes. Please make sure that you upload all of your materials there. The OMNI portal is: Once there click on Browse Job Openings, then click on “Temporary & Student jobs,” and the job opening you are looking for is 39384. Reference letters may be sent to Transcripts must be sent directly to with your name and the job number which you are applying to.


In the meantime if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jimmy Yu at

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