Jason Protass (Ph.D., Stanford) is a scholar of Chinese Buddhism. His research focuses on the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279). His first book project, entitled The Poetry Demon: Song-dynasty Monks on Verse and the Way (forthcoming in the "Kuroda Studies in East Asian Buddhism" series), examines Buddhist monks' understanding of Chinese poetry and its relationships to the Buddhist path in the eleventh to fourteenth centuries CE.
Jason's other published projects include a geography of Chan lineages during the Northern Song dynasty. This religious geography provides the intellectual architecture for a larger project on Buddhist rituals across social topography. Jason has also written about rivers and Buddhism in China, as well as the role of manuscripts in the historical encounters of Chinese and Japanese monks.
Jason has studied at Academia Sinica (Taipei), Hanazono University (Kyoto), Ryūkoku 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.