Jason Protass (Ph.D., Stanford) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He is a specialist in historical Chinese religion with an emphasis on Buddhism. His current project examines intersections between Buddhist monks' religious practice and literary creativity in China's Song dynasty. In addition to genre analysis and reception history, Jason researches the social and institutional contexts that informed the monastic production of poetry. His other projects include a study of Chan monks’ shifting geographic distribution during the Northern Song dynasty. In this second project, Jason weaves together canonical and extra-canonical sources to create a spatial history. As this wide-ranging historical project develops, he will be working with hagiography, itinerant practices, epistles, epigraphy, gazetteers, literati Buddhism, and occasional writings. His other research interests include an examination of the place of emotions in religious life, commentarial practices from the Song and onward, and Song-Yuan Chan literature. Jason is also interested in historical Sino-Japanese interactions, Buddhist modernism, and Daoist Studies. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Buddhist Monks and Chinese Poetry: Monastic Literary Cultures of the Song Dynasty.
Jason has studied at Academia Sinica (Taipei), Hanazono University (Kyoto), Ryukoku University (Kyoto), and Peking University (Beijing) under the auspices of fellowships from Fulbright Taiwan, American Council of Learned Societies, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Japan), and the Ministry of Education P. R. China. Jason welcomes students interested in Buddhism across East Asia.
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