Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985
    BA Romance Philology, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1987
    MA Romance Philology, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1988
    Aggregation Higher Secondary Education in Roman Philology, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1989
    Assistant French Language, Liaoning University, China

  • 1994
    MA Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1994
    Aggregation Higher Secondary Education in Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1995 – 1999
    Assistant Researcher, National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium

  • 1998
    Ph.D. Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium

  • 1999 – 2003
    Assistant Professor, Chinese Language and Culture, Ghent University, Belgium

  • Since 2003
    Professor, Chinese Language and Culture, Ghent University, Belgium

  • Since 2006
    Head of the Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Gent University, Belgium

  •  
    Head of the Research Centre for Buddhist Studies at Ghent University, Belgium

Selected publications

Books:

  • (2002) The Discipline in Four Parts, Rules for Nuns according to the Dharmaguptakavinaya, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 3 vols.

  • (2007) Heirman, A. and S. Bumbacher (eds.), Spread of Buddhism, Leiden, Boston, Brill.

  • (2012) A Pure Mind in a Clean Body, Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China, Gent, Academia Press (with Mathieu Torck).

Articles:

  • (2008) Where is the probationer in Chinese Buddhist monasteries?, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 158.1, pp. 105-137

  • (2008) Indian Disciplinary Rules and their Early Chinese Adepts: A Buddhist Reality, Journal of the American Oriental Society 128.2, pp. 257-272

  • (2009) Speech is silver, silence is golden? Speech and silence in the Buddhist samgha, The Eastern Buddhist 40, 1-2, pp. 63-92

  • (2010) Fifth century Chinese Nuns: An Exemplary Case, Buddhist Studies Review 27.1, pp. 61-76

  • (2011) Monks for hire: Liang Wudi's use of household monks (jiaseng), Medieval History Journal 14, pp. 45-69 (with T. De Rauw)

  • (2011) Buddhist nuns between past and present, Numen 58, pp. 603-631

  • (2013) 'The Gurudharmas in Taiwanese Buddhist Nunneries', Buddhist Studies Review 29.2, pp. 273-300 (with Chiu Tzu-Lung)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Institutional organisation of Buddhist Nunneries in China between Past and Present (Research Foundation Flanders project 2009 – 2014)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • UK Association of Buddhist Studies, board member

  • Research Foundation Flanders, member expert panel

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