Medieval Studies

Medieval Studies Medieval Studies

Alexander Mayer

of Medieval Studies,Religion,East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    E Asian Lang & Cult
    707 S Mathews, Rm 3016
    608 S Mathews
    M/C 146
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)244-1432
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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Chinese Buddhism, the intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism, biographical literature and the representation of the person in the 7th century; Chinese Buddhist commentary

Research Description

  • Current Projects:

    Açvaghosa's Dacheng qixin lun in Fazang's (Tang) and Xufa's (Qing) Interpretation

    Chinese Buddhist Sutra Exegesis in Historical Perspective

    Kuiji's Commentary Jingang jing Zanshu on the Vajracchedikå-sutra; and Sthiramati's Trimçikå Commentary on "Mere Cognition".


  • Habilitation, University of Heidelberg, 1999
  • Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen, 1989
  • M.A. University of Tübingen, 1985



  • Les Buddhas du Shandong (with Gilles Beguin and Helmut Brinker). . Paris: Musées, 2009.
  • Cien-Biographie VI and VII. Xuanzang. Übersetzer und Heiliger. [Cien Biography chap. VI. [Xuanzang. Translator and Holy Person]. VDSUA 34.X. . Wiesbaden: 2001.


  • Rev. of Review of Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogācāra Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun , by Dan Lusthaus. Review in Journal of Buddhist Ethics 16 (2010):

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