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Professor of Buddhist StudiesProf. Dr. Michael Radich

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Michael Radich
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 400.01.15
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4301

Please contact Petra Kourschil for an appointment: kourschil@hcts.uni-heidelberg.de

Michael Radich

Curriculum Vitae (Excerpt)

2018–  Professor of Buddhist Studies, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", University of Heidelberg
2005–2017  Associate Professor in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
2015  Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, University of Hamburg Numata Center for Buddhist Studies
2013–2014  Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg Numata Center for Buddhist Studies
2009  Visiting Associate Professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies
2007  PhD, East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Harvard)
1995  MA, Chinese Studies (Auckland)
1989  BMus, Composition (Auckland)

Selected Publications 

Radich, Michael. "The *Suvarṇabhāsottama-sūtra." In Buddhist Stone Sutras in China. Sichuan ProvinceVolume 5: Wofoyuan Section E-F, edited by Manuel Sassmann and Sun Hua 孫華, 64-91. Chinese translation: He Shuqun 何書群, “Wofuyuan ben Jin guangming jing” 卧佛院本《金光明經》, 42-63. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag/Hangzhou: China Academy of Art Press, 2021.
Campbell, Duncan, Stephen McDowall and Michael Radich, trans. “Yellow Mountain Travels: Four Accounts.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 23, no. 2 (2021): 1-22. 
Lin Qian and Michael Radich. “A Computer-assisted Analysis of Zhu Fonian’s Original Mahāyāna Sutras.” Buddhist Studies Review 38, no. 2 (2021): 145-168. 
Zacchetti, Stefano. The Da zhidu lun 大智度論 (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa) and the History of the Larger Prajñāpāramitā: Patterns of Textual Variation in Mahāyāna Sūtra Literature. Edited for posthumous publication by Michael Radich and Jonathan Silk. Hamburg Buddhist Studies 14. Hamburg: Numata Center for Buddhist Studies; Bochum/Freiburg: projekt verlag, 2021.
Lin Qian 林乾 and He Shuqun 何书群 [Michael Radich]. “Zhu Fonian suo 'yi' dasheng jingdian de jisuanji fuzhu wenben fenxi yanjiu” 竺佛念所"译"大乘经典的计算机辅助文本分析研究. Shijie zongjiao wenhua 世界宗教文化 (2020), no. 6: 16-22.
“Reading the Writing on the Wall: 'Sengchou’s' Cave at Xiaonanhai, Early Chinese Buddhist Meditation, and Unique Portions of *Dharmakṣema’s Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 42 (2019 [2020]): 515-632.
“Was the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra 大般涅槃經 T7 Translated by ‘Faxian’? An Exercise in the Computer-Assisted Assessment of Attributions in the Chinese Buddhist Canon.” Hualin International Journal of Buddhist Studies: E-journal 2, no. 1 (2019): 229-279.
Radich, Michael, and Diamantis Panagiotopoulos. “Editorial Note.” The Journal of Transcultural Studies 10, no. 2 (2019): vii-xiv.
“Fei Changfang’s Treatment of Sengyou’s Anonymous Texts.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 139, no. 4 (2019): 819-841.
“Kumārajīva’s 'Voice'?” In China and the World–the World and China: A Transcultural Perspective, edited by Barbara Mittler, Joachim and Natascha Gentz and Catherine Vance Yeh, 131-145. Deutsche Ostasienstudien 37. Gossenberg: Ostasien Verlag, 2019.schinger, and Michael Radich, editors. Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Volume II: Lives. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Awards and Honours

2015  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Advanced Researchers
2006  VUW Contestable Research Grant for two weeks' travel to Kyōto to collect materials for Paramārtha research project, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
2000–2005  Departmental Fellowship, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
2003 (Spring)  CUE (Bok Center) Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
1995  University of Auckland Masters Scholarship
International Association of Buddhist Studies
Indogaku Bukkyōgaku Kenkyūkai 印度学佛教学研究会 (Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies)
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
New Zealand Asian Studies Society
Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies

Memberships and Other Functions

2024–  Director, Buddhist Stone Inscriptions in Northern China, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
2015–  Member, Board of Consulting Editors, Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies,
2015–  Member, Advisory Board, Oxford Translations of Chinese Thought Series
2012–  Member, Editorial Board, Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies
2012–  Member, Executive Committee, Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies
2014  Member of External Review Board, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Otago
2009–2012  Treasurer, New Zealand Asian Studies Society

International Research Collaborations

2014–2017  “The Encounter of Chinese Buddhists with Indian Yogācāra Texts: A Comparative Study of Indian and Chinese Commentaries on Vasubandhu's Twenty Verses (Viṃśikā).” Led by Prof. Lin Chen-kuo (Chengchi U., Taipei). NT$2,689,080 (US$88,912). Funded by the Sheng Yen Education Foundation. Four scholars
2011–2013  “Negotiating Modernity: Buddhism between Tibet and China.” Led by Profs. John Makeham (ANU), John Powers (ANU) and Jay Garfield (Smith/ Melbourne). AU$540,000 spread over three years. Funded by the Australian Research Council. Fourteen scholars (Withdrew)
2010–2012  “Indian Buddhist Thought in Sixth and Seventh Century China.” Led by Prof. Lin Chen-kuo, Chengchi University, Taipei. Funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. Approx. fifteen scholars
2006–2011  “Paramartha and His Times.” Led by Prof. Funayama Tōru, Kyoto University. 29 scholars