Research Expertise and Interest
East Asian languages and cultures, medieval Chinese Buddhism, Chan Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Buddhist art, ritual studies, Buddhist philosophy, methodological issues in the study of religion
Robert Sharf received his B.A. in Religious Studies and his M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan. He works primarily in the area of medieval Chinese Buddhism (especially Chan/Zen Buddhism), but he has also published in the areas of Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist modernism, Buddhist art, ritual studies, Asian philosophy, and methodological issues in the study of religion.