core faculty & members
Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā was born in Italy in 1980 and went forth in Sri Lanka in 2012. She studied Indology, Indo-Iranian philology and Tibetology at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ and at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University in Tokyo. She obtained her doctorate in 2010 with a dissertation on the Khotanese ‘Book of Zambasta’. Her main research interests are early Buddhist discourse and Vinaya texts (with a focus on the Theravāda and Mūlasarvāstivāda traditions), the formative phases of Mahāyāna ideology in Khotan in the fifth and sixth centuries, and the development of the theories, practices and ideologies of Buddhist meditative traditions. She is currently a research associate professor in the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, mainly working on a study of the evolution of the notions of great compassion and omniscience in the history of Buddhist thought and on a collated digital edition, annotated translation and comparative study of the Mūlasarvāstivāda āgama quotations in Śamathadeva’s Abhidharmakośopāyikāṭīkā preserved in Tibetan translation. Dhammadinnā also serves as the series editor for the ARG publications with the Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation.
Bhikkhu Anālayo was born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995. In the year 2000 he completed a PhD thesis on the Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta at the University of Peradeniya (published by Windhorse in the UK). In the year 2007 he completed a Habilitation research at the University of Marburg, in which he compared the Majjhima-nikāya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. At present, he is a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, a researcher in the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, and a core faculty at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Besides his academic activities, he regularly teaches meditation.
List of publications: see here.
Jen-jou (aka Joey) Hung was born in Taiwan in 1976. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Buddhist Studies and Director of the Library and Information Center of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts. He received his PhD in 2006 from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He is currently engaged in a variety of digital archives projects at Dharma Drum Buddhist College. His research interests include authorship and translatorship attribution of ancient Buddhist literature, the construction of digital archives, and digital text processing.
List of publications: see here.
Bhikṣu Huimin was born in Taiwan in 1954 and ordained in 1979. He completed a PhD thesis on the meditation objects (ālaṃbana) of the Śrāvakabhūmi at the University of Tokyo in 1992. Since 1998 he has been the abbot of Seeland Monastery and the Chair of the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA). Presently he is a professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts and the president of the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts. As the principal investigator, he is currently engaged in two projects with the National Science Council of Taiwan: “Benevolence and Compassion: Meditative Foundation & Academic Curriculum, with A Platform for Ubiquitous e-Learning” and “Literary Study of the Sanskrit Text of the Scripture of Adorning the Great Vehicle (Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra)”.
staff & students
Bhikṣuṇī Deyuan was born in Taiwan in 1976 and received monastic ordination in 1998. She graduated from Dharma Drum Buddhist College in 2012, specialising in Tibetan language and Buddhist Informatics. Deyuan also studied statistics and worked as a research assistant for a project of stylistics analysis of the early Chinese Buddhist translations, focusing on translatorship attribution of āgama texts. At present, she is collaborating on a project of Āgama curriculum and textbook design for monastic education in Taiwan and is engaged full time in the TEI markup towards a digital edition of Śamathadeva’s Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā together with Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā.
Ray Chou 周邦信
digital projects developer
Ray Chou was born in Taiwan in 1966. He graduated in 1986 from the National Taipei Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering. He came to the Dharma in 1990, when he started to study meditation under Master Sheng-yen. From 1998 to 2007, he worked for the Buddhist Studies Information Network Center (BSIN) at the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies on the CBETA Taishō Tripiṭaka digitization project. Currently at the Digital Archives Section, Library and Information Center, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, he is one of the key programmers and developers in the Buddhist informatics department.
Chunyu was born in Taiwan in 1957 and graduated from FaKuang Institute of Buddhist Studies. She is currently the assistant of the director of the Library and Information center. Her past work experiences also include serving as project assistant and secretary of the Buddhist informatics program. She really enjoys the natural environment and the tranquil atmosphere of Dharma Drum Mountain.
Peishin was born in Taiwan in 1978. She obtained her master degree in religious studies from Fo Guang University. She is currently the executive editor of Dharma Drum Journal of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts Research Series, Translation Series and Special Series. She feels very honoured to be part of editorial team for the publications of the Āgama research group.
Ken Su was born in Taiwan in 1951. He is an independent scholar in the field of Āgama studies, focusing especially on the summary stanzas (uddānas) an on structural aspects of the Chinese Āgamas. Among his research interests, there is also textual criticism of Chinese Buddhist texts. He is currently working on a comparative study of the stanzas of the Chinese Dharmapada / Udāna collections (Taishō nos. 210, 211, 212 and 213).
Bhikṣu Changrui was born in Taiwan in 1965. He studied at Fuyan Buddhist Institute (Xinzhu, Taiwan) from 2005 to 2011, ordaining as a bhikṣu in 2006. In 2011 he joined the graduate programme at Dharma Drum Buddhist College, with a focus on Indian Buddhism. He has completed his Master’s thesis on āgama manuscripts and fragments (especially Ekottarika-āgama) in the Dunhuang manuscripts in May 2015.
Michael (Mike) Running was born in Oregon, USA, in 1975. He received a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002. In 2006 he was ordained a monk in California, and moved to Taiwan in 2011 to begin a period of intensive Chinese study at the National Taiwan University. In Taiwan he resided mostly at Dharma Drum Mountain, and there began exploring the Chinese resources for Early Buddhist studies, including the collaboration with Bhikkhu Anālayo on the English translation of the Chinese Saṃyukta-āgama. He has also spent a semester at the Fuyan Buddhist Institute (Xinzhu). In late 2013 he made the decision to leave the monastic training and return to his home state of Oregon. He currently resides and works in Portland in the area of land conservation, and continues to be involved with various Āgama-related projects.
Jieli Kwok 郭捷立
Jieli was born in Malaysia in 1984. After graduating from the Department of materials science and engineering of National Taiwan University, he went on to train in Buddhist studies and Buddhist informatics at Dharma Drum Buddhist College, receiving his M.A. degree in 2012 with a thesis on the application of a computer-based approach for predicting the translation period of early Chinese Buddhist translations. In 2013 he joined the graduate programme of Chinese literature at National Chengchi University (Taiwan) where he is mainly focusing on philological studies of Chinese Buddhist texts.
Weiteng Woo 胡慧婷
Weiteng was born in Malaysia in 1979. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the National University of Malaysia and later pursued her master’s degree at Dharma Drum Buddhist College. She graduated in 2013 with a thesis focusing on the chapter on gocarapariśuddhi in the Chinese and Tibetan Buddhāvataṃsaka. Her major interest is in comparative textual studies of ancient Buddhist literature. Weiteng is currently attached to Bodhihearts Sanctuary in Penang, Malaysia, as an educational program executive. She plans and facilitates the implementation of a ‘Dharma-syllabus’ for secondary and tertiary education students. She is now helping Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā and Bhikṣuṇī Deyuan with the Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā project.
Lina Chen 陳莉娜
Lina was born in Taiwan in 1963. She has worked for trading companies for many years. She took refugee with Master Sheng Yen and then went onto study at the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts in order to study the Buddha’s teachings. Her main interest as a student has been in the study of Pali texts and Chinese translations of Buddhist scriptures. Lina completed a MA thesis on a study of the Pali Buddhavaṃsa in 2016. She is now working as a research assistant for a comparative study and collated edition of the parallel versions of the early Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra under the supervision of Seishi Karashima.