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Zhaohua Yang

Sheng Yen Assistant Professor of Chinese Buddhism
School of the Arts
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
80 Claremont Avenue Room 310 Mail Code: 9610 New York NY 10027 United States

Zhaohua Yang received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2013. He specializes in tantric or esoteric Buddhism in middle period China; but his research interests also include Chan/Zen, indigenous scriptures, the interactions between Buddhism and Daoism, as well as the intersection of religion, literature, and the visual and performing arts. In addition to his training in Dunhuang and pre-modern Japanese manuscripts, he has done extensive fieldwork in China, Taiwan, Japan and the Bay Area. His current book project examines the rise of the cult of the wrathful god Ucchuṣma in pre-modern China, paying particular attention to Chinese responses to transgressive tantric practices.

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