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Dr Jakub Zamorski

Dr Jakub Zamorski



Academic interests

  • early modern Buddhist thought in China and Japan and its impact on the East Asian reception of modern Western thought;
  • hermeneutics of Pure Land Buddhist texts and Pure Land apologetics in China;
  • development of Buddhist logic and epistemology (hetu-vidyā, yinming) in East Asia.

Selected publications

  • 2020, Rethinking Yang Wenhui’s Identity as a ‘Chinese’ Pure Land Buddhist in his Polemics against Jōdo-Shinshū. Studies in Chinese Religions, 6/2, 201-219
  • 2019, An Old Savior in a New Paradise: Buddha Amitābha in Tang Dayuan’s ‘New Pure Land’. Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies, 32, 97-125
  • 2019, Buddhist Philosophy in Poland: Legacy and Prospects. The American Philosophical Association Newsletter, 18/2, 19-21
  • 2019, On Chinese Interpretations of the Distinction Between Two Types of Negation in Indian Buddhist Logic. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens, 56-57, 199-226
  • 2019, Sanskrit Grammar in Early Modern East Asia – A Study of Kiben’s ‘Guidelines for Studying the Eight Cases of the Chinese Language’. Fo Guang Journal of Buddhist Studies 佛光學報,  5/1, 267-306 
  • 2018, „Król Dizang” i „Pan Jizō” – czyli o sinizacji i japonizacji buddyzmu na przykładzie przedstawień bodhisattwy Kszitigarbhy [‘King Dizang’ and ‘Lord Jizō’ –what can East Asian Images of Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha tell us about the so-called „Sinification” and „Japanisation” of Buddhism?]. In Oblicza sztuki buddyjskiej [Facets of Buddhist Art], edited by Krzysztof Jakubczak, Kraków, pp. 61-96
  • 2017, A Controversy over ‘Critical Buddhism’ in Republican China: Reconsidering Tang Dayuan’s Defense of The Awakening of Faith. In ‘Daijō kishinron’ to shutaisei : kindai higashi Ajia tetsugaku no keisei soshite ronsō 『大乗起信論』と主体性:近代東アジア哲学の形成そして論争, edited by Ishii Tsuyoshi, Tokyo, pp. 143–174
  • 2014, The Problem of Self-Refuting Statements in Chinese Buddhist Logic. In A Distant Mirror: Articulating Indic Ideas in Sixth&Seventh Century Chinese Buddhism, edited by Lin Chen-kuo and Michael Radich, Hamburg, pp. 149-181 
  • 2013, Wyrazy, nazwy, znaki: zagadnienie ‘jednostek językowych’ w najdawniejszych zabytkach leksykografii wschodnioazjatyckiej” [Words, Names and Signs. The Issue of Linguistic Units in Early East Asian Lexicography]. In Lexicographica Iapono-Polonica vol. 2, edited by Jarosław A. Pietrow and Bartosz Wojciechowski, Warsaw, pp. 53-70.

Research projects

  • 2016, contributor to the research project „Jinshi dongya fojiao de wenxian he yanjiu (近世東亞佛教的文獻和研究)” (Texts and Studies in Early Modern East Asian Buddhism),  organized by the Center For Buddhist Studies, Foguang University (responsible for the study and partial translation of Kiben’s [基辨, 1718–1791] Kango hattenjō gakusoku [漢語八囀聲學則]).
  • 2011, contributor to the international research project “Indian Buddhist Thought in 6th –7th Century China”.

Other achievements

  • 2014 –2016, Jōdo-shinshū Higashi Honganji (Ōtani-ha) Fellowship for Pure Land Studies. 
  • 2012 – 2014, Scholarship for Graduate Students of Chinese Buddhism (Hanchuan fojiao yanjiusheng jiangxuejin 漢傳佛教研究生獎學金) granted by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation.
  • Participation in the congresses of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (2011, 2014), American Academy of Religion Annual Meetings (2011, 2012), biennial conferences of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (2013, 2015), etc.