Professor of Buddhist Studies & Chinese Religions Poceski1


PhD in East Asian Languages & Cultures (Buddhist studies), University of California, Los Angeles, 2000

Main Research Focus

Chinese Buddhist history, literature, and doctrine, especially during the Tang era (618–907)

Other Research and Teaching Interests

Chan/Zen Buddhism | history of Chinese religions | Japanese and Korean Buddhism | religious pluralism | monastic cultures and institutions | Buddhist doctrines | Buddhism and globalization | contemplative life and practice | Chinese history


Mario Poceski is a professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the University of Florida. He received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures (specialization in Buddhist studies) from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000), and has spent extended periods as a visiting professor or fellow at Komazawa University (Japan), Stanford University, National University of Singapore, University of Hamburg (Germany), Fudan University (China), and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). He is a recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including Alexander von Humboldt and Fulbright-Hays. Prof. Poceski’s numerous publications include Communities of Memory and Interpretation: Reimagining and Reinventing the Past in East Asian Buddhism (Hamburg 2018, ed.), The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Oxford 2015), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism (Blackwell 2014, ed.), Introducing Chinese Religions (Routledge 2009), and Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (Oxford 2007).