2016 Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Accolades

  • Rebecca Bloom received a Freer Fellowship for 2016-2017 to work at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, where she is contributing to the inaugural exhibition in the Robert H.N. Galleries of Buddhist Art.
  • Chun Wa Chan received a  John H. D’Arms Spring/Summer Fellowship, as well as a doctoral fellowship from the Japan Foundation in support of his research in Japan.
  • Eric Haynie received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Chinese language study during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Anna Wolcott Johnson received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship in support of her dissertation research on 12th-15th century Tibetan texts on the Geluk sect’s position on three-vow theory (sdom gsum), a comprehensive formulation of how the three sets of Buddhist vows progressively adhere to and function within a single individual’s mind and body. She was also the student recipient of a John D’Arms Award for translation work with Professor Donald Lopez on a philosophical treatise by Jangkya Rolpé Dorjé (1717-1786).
  • Ha Nul Jun is engaged in two Korean-to-English translation projects. Samatha and Vipassana Meditation through the Experiences of a Psychiatrist is a manuscript detailing the practice of Vipassana in the Pa Auk tradition in Burma. “Tathagata” is a screenplay by Korean Director Jang Seon Woo about the Buddha’s life told through the perspective of his cousin and personal attendant, Ananda.

“Hyecho’s Journey,” an interdisciplinary investigation of the travels of an eighth-century Korean monk, funded by the Humanities Collabratory


“Hyecho’s Journey” explores the travels of a young Korean monk who traveled throughout the Buddhist world in the eighth century. Using the monk Hyecho’s travel journal, the project will follow in Hyecho’s footsteps virtually, mapping his journey’s trajectory through his encounters with Buddhist art and the material cultures of the regions he visited. The project models a new approach to the study of Buddhism, offering a picture of the entire Buddhist world at a single historical moment, seen through the eyes of a single monk. Continue reading

‘Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism’ wins Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference sources


The winner of the 2015 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism  published by Princeton University Press.

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Khyentse Visitorship in Buddhist Studies established

The University of Michigan proudly announces the establishment of the Khyentse Visitorship in Buddhist Studies, a new program that will invite leading Buddhist teachers from around the world to U-M’s campus. The visitorship, made possible by the generosity of a group of donors led by Sin-Ming Shaw and Barbara Ma of Bangkok, will bring teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions to share their knowledge with the U-M community.

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