The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies offers an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships provide two years of funding to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for the purpose of revising the dissertation into a publishable manuscript or for beginning the first new project after completion of the PhD degree.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

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Junglan Bang
Junglan Bang  |  Abstract
The cult of Śaṃvara (a.k.a Saṃvara or Cakrasaṃvara) was developed as the last state of Tantric Buddhism and classified as yoginītantra literature. In spite of the significance of this religious movement in Tantric Buddhism, many of texts belonging to this tradition have not been adequately studied yet. Since a large number of Sanskrit manuscripts of the Tantras are preserved but unedited, producing critical editions and translations is still a desideratum. Moreover, without the knowledge of intertextuality with other Indian sources, such as Śaiva, the development of the Śaṃvara tradition cannot be understood. Therefore, this project is aimed to provide a substantial study of the Śaṃvara doctrine and practice which were shared with non-Buddhist sources and to illuminate how the Śaṃvara cult assimilated their disparate factors into its own system.

, Asien-Afrika Institut, Universität Hamburg, Germany  -  The Formation of Buddhist Tantras Through the Assimilation of Other Indian Sources – Based on the Study of Unedited Sanskrit Texts of śaṃVara Tradition
Taisho University

Sangseraima Ujeed
Sangseraima Ujeed  |  Abstract
In popular opinion, the Mongolians were merely receivers of Tibetan Buddhism. However, the process was by no means simply unilateral. The Tibetan Buddhist world during the Early Modern period spanned most of Central and Inner Asia and was highly cosmopolitan. Through travel and reincarnation, there was movement and exchange of ethnicity and identity between the Tibetans and Mongolians. Thus, the Tibetan-Mongolian reciprocal assimilation of Buddhism and identity needs to be elucidated. In light of the existing scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism based on works by ethnically Tibetan polymaths, this project will examine the Mongolian contribution to the tradition through a selection of as yet unstudied Buddhist works authored between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by Mongolian scholars

Affiliated Scholar, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford  -  Cosmic Cosmopolitan: The Seventeenth to Eighteenth Century Tibetan-Mongolian Assimilation of Buddhism
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jeffrey Theodore Kotyk
Jeffrey Theodore Kotyk  |  Abstract
This study investigates Buddhist historiography during the Tang (618–907) and early Song (960–1279) dynasties in relation to contemporary state historiography. The aim will be to determine and analyze the methodologies, sources and strategies that Buddhist authors employed in this period to construct their history. This Buddhist historiography will be compared to the types of historiography employed by court historians in an attempt to determine their common features and differences, with additional consideration of anti- and pro-Buddhist biases. The proposed theory is that there existed two separate traditions of historiography during the Tang and Song: one of the state, and the other Buddhist. This distinction is not normally made in present scholarship.

Visiting Scholar, Leiden Institute of Area Studies, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands  -  Buddhist and State Historiographies in Medieval China
McMaster University, Canada