MARIO POCESKI | Professor of Buddhist Studies & Chinese Religions



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, a professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida, received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with specialization in Buddhist studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000). He has spent extended periods as a visiting researcher at Komazawa University (Japan), Stanford University, the National University of Singapore, the University of Hamburg (Germany), and Fudan University (China), and has received several prestigious fellowships, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Prof. Poceski’s most recent books are Communities of Memory and Interpretation: Reimagining and Reinventing the Past in East Asian Buddhism (Hamburg, 2017, 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). His publications also include two other books and numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of Buddhist studies.