Professor Bernard Faure

2012 University Buddhist Education Foundation Visiting Professor
School of Languages and Cultures

Educated at Kyoto University and the University of Paris, where he received his doctorate in 1984, Bernard Faure taught at Cornell University and was for many years Professor of Chinese Religions at Stanford University. He now holds the Kao Chair in Japanese Religion at Columbia University, where he is also Director of the Columbia Center for Japanese Religion. He has lived for long periods in Japan and has traveled extensively in Asia, and is one of the few Asian studies scholars to have published groundbreaking work on both Chinese and Japanese topics, writing in English and French. Selected publications include The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism (1994), Chan Insights and Oversights: An Epistemological Critique of the Chan Tradition (1996), The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality (1998), Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism (2000), The Power of Denial: Buddhism, Purity, and Gender (2003), Double Exposure: Cutting Across Western and Buddhist Discourses (2003), Bouddhismes et violence (2008), and Unmasking Buddhism (2009). As the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF) visiting professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Sydney, Dr. Faure will be lecturing on material from his forthcoming two-volume work Raging Gods: The Implicit Pantheon of Medieval Japan.