Tibetan Buddhism in Modern China

This talk examines the indigenization of Tibetan Buddhism from the 1910s to the 1950s, focusing on the rise of a Tibetan Gelug lineage founded by a Chinese monk Nenghai (1886–1967) in Sichuan province. The study explores the cross-cultural religious transmission by analyzing the transformations of the doctrines, praxis, and institutional formations. The study shows that their interpretations not only exhibited syncretism to varying degrees, but also reflected tensions in the local context.

Wei Wu, PhD, Department of Religion

Wei Wu

Wei Wu received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University in 2017. She specializes in Chinese Buddhism and her research interests also cover religious transmission; religion and gender; religion and environment; and interaction between Buddhism and Daoism. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation “Indigenization of Tibetan Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China.” She teaches introductory courses on Buddhism in East Asia, Zen Buddhism, and Chinese indigenous religion, as well as classes on special topics ranging from Chinese Buddhist texts to ritual in East Asian religion.


This program is part of a series, Crossroads Discussions, presented by the Institute for the Liberal Arts. All are welcome as faculty present new research in a short format designed to open discussion with undergraduates and our faculty colleagues.