The Center for Buddhist Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies are pleased to announce that Lixia Dong is one of two recipients of the 2023-2024 Lingyin Buddhist Studies Fellowship and the Khyentse Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. An award ceremony will take place in conjunction with the East Asian Studies ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2023.
Lixia Dong is currently a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian Studies and junior fellow of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation is titled “Chan Master as Abbot: The Monastic Administrator in the Southern Song Dynasty as Exemplified by Wuzhun Shifan.” Through the exemplar of Wuzhun Shifan, this dissertation attempts to investigate the category of the Chan abbot to present a picture of Southern Song Chan Buddhism. She also seeks to answer the question of how the Chan school developed its theory to adapt the new form of institutional Buddhism regarding which there has been no research up to now.
Thanks to the generous support of the Khyentse Foundation, the Center for Buddhist Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies established a doctoral fellowship, which awards $25,000 each year to support one or more students. Thanks to the generous support of Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, China, each year the Center for Buddhist Studies awards two graduate studies fellowships, each worth $10,000, to support doctoral students in completing a major project towards their degrees.
For more information: Student Awards | Center for Buddhist Studies | University of Arizona.