Assistant Professor

Tianshu Zhu

Contact information
Office: E21-2022
Tel: (853) 8822 8813
Email: tszhu

Academic Qualifications

Ph D. In Art History, The Ohio State University, USA
M.A. In Art History, The Ohio State University, USA
M.A. In Archaeology, Northwest University, China
B.A. In History, Northwest University, China

Research Areas

Buddhist Art in India, Central Asia and China
Chinese Popular Religion
Buddhist meditation and ritual practice
Chinese Art History

Current Research

The transformed Buddha (huafo 化佛) figures in the aura of Buddha images
The protective deities in Buddhist art and Buddhist practice
The dharmadhatu Buddha images
Macau temples and religious practice
Popular religion in Leizhou, Guangdong

Publications

Books

Liaodai jinyinqi 辽代金银器(The Gold & Silver Wares of the Liao Dynasty). Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1998.

Articles and Chapters in Books

“As the Resonant-bodies of A Buddha” In Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange. vol.2 ed. Tansen Sen. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. In press


"Influence from Khotan: The Standing Buddha Images in Kucha" in Interactions in the Himalayas and Central Asia. ed. Frantz Grenet et al. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. In press


“The Usnisa on Monk Figures,” Artistic Traditions of the Non-European Cultures, 2015, In press


"Dunhuang Cave 272 and the Ruixiang 'One Buddha and Fifty-two Bodhisattvas'” The Silk Road: Interwoven History annual publication of the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies, Cambridge, MA, 2014, in press


"Kezier 123 ku zhushi liangcebi bihua xintan 克孜尔123窟主室两侧壁壁画新探 A New Study of the Sidewall Paintings in the Main Hall of Kizil Cave 123" Dunhuang yanjiu 敦煌研究 3 (2015):1-10.


“Zhongguo zongjiao xinyang yu tanmiao zongjiao 中国宗教信仰与坛庙宗教. ” In Zhongguo diyu wenhua tonglan中國地域文化通覽●澳门卷 (The Encyclopedia of Chinese Regional Culture -- Macau) Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2014, 158-191.

"Dunhuang Cave 272 and the Ruixiang 'One Buddha and Fifty-two Bodhisattvas'” The Silk Road: Interwoven History annual publication of the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies, Cambridge, MA, 2014, in press


“Aomen minjian zhongjiao wenhua澳門民間宗教文化 (Popular Religion in Macau). ” In Zhongguo diyu wenhua tonglan中國地域文化通覽 (The Encyclopedia of Chinese Regional Culture) Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2014, in press


"Aomen shequ de tudi kantan jiqi fenbu澳门社区的土地龛坛及其分布 (Community Earth God Altars and Their Distribution in Macau)," Review of Culture 文化杂志vols. 39 (2013 winter): 147-164.


"Cong Gang Ao de Tangong he Hongsheng dawang tanqi从港澳的谭公和洪圣大王谈起:渔民信仰的两种模式(Tangong and Hongsheng Dawang: two modes in fishermen's worship)" In Zhonguo yumin xinyang yanjiu yu baohu xueshu yantaohui lunwenji 中国渔民信仰研究与保护学术研讨会论文集. Macau, Macao Polytechnic Institute, 2013. 181-194.


"Earth God Worship in Macau -- The Transformation of Communal Earth God Worship in an Urban Setting." In Macao: The Formation of a Global City.  ed. C.X. George Wei. London:  Routledge, 2014, 32-50.


"Leicheng miaoyu chutan 雷城庙宇初探: 从神到地域到人的体系Temples in Leizhou City: the system from the deities to territory and human beings " In Guandongsheng bowuguan广东省博物馆ed. Tian nan zheng di天南重地:雷州历史文化(Guangzhou:Lingnan meishu chubanshe,2012), 281-295.


"Aomen minjian miaoyu fazhan he fenqi chutan澳门民间庙宇发展和分期初探( The Development and Chronology of Temples of Popular Religion in Macau)" Aomen lishi yanjiu澳门历史研究(2012 Dec): 83-96.


 “Reshaping the Jātaka Stories”Buddhist Studies Review 29.1(2012): 57-83.


"Review of Yao, Chongxin, A Preliminary Study of Buddhist Caves and Images from Bashu: Centered on North Sichuan," Frontiers of History in China vol.7 no 2 (2012): 323-326.


“Fo yu fajie bu er佛与法界不二----从法界像到卢舍那佛 (The Buddha is Non- differentiated from the Dharmadhatu).” In Qingzhu Rao Zhongyi xiansheng 95 huadan Dunhuangxue guoji xueshu taolunhui lunwenji. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2012, 127-141.


“Shengsilun tuxiang de shuiche qiyuan jiqi zai dasheng fojiao li de yanbian生死輪圖像的水車起源及其在大乘佛教裏的演變The Origin of Samsaracakra (Wheel of life) in relationship with the waterwheel and its transformation in Mahayana Buddhism” Dharma Drum Journal of Buddhist Studies 法鼓佛學學報no. 3(2008), 195-231.


“Indra’s Visit.” In Gerd Jr. Mevissen & Arundhati Banerji eds., Prajnadhara—Essays on Asian Art History Epigraphy and Culture in Honour of Gouriswar Bhattacharya. New Delhi: Kaveri Books, 2009, pp.491-509.


"Review of Stephen F. Teiser, Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples," H-Buddhism, H-Net Reviews, March, 2008. URL: http://www.hnet.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=192571216666172.
“In the Thousand-fold World System: A Note on the Images of the Buddha’s Multiplication.” in Gerd Mevissen ed., VanamŒlŒ: Festschrift A. J. Gail. Berlin: Weidler Buchverlag, 2006, 253-264.


“The Sun God and the Wind Deity at Kizil.” in Matteo Compareti, Paola Raffetta & Gianroberto Scarcia eds., Ērān ud Anērān, Webfestschrift Marshak Studies presented to Boris Ilich Marshak on occasion of his 70th birthday. Buenos Aires: Transoxiana, 2003), 681-718.


“Hevajra Tantra.” in John Huntington and Dina Bangdeleds., The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art. (Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003), 454-457.


“Hevajra,” and “Hevajra Mandala” with contributions by John Huntington, Catalogue entries in John Huntington and Dina Bangdeleds., The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art (Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003), 458-465.


“Xumishan tuxiang zai Zhongguo fojiao yishu zhong de biaoxian yu yiyi 须弥山图像在中国佛教艺术中的表现与意义(The Iconography of Mount Sumeru in Chinese Buddhist Art).” In Dunhuang fojiao yishu wenhua lunwenji 敦煌佛教艺术文化论文集. (Lanzhou: Lanzhou University Press, 2002), 206-232.

Presentations

“Nuo Dance and Deity Procession: the two systems of the New Year celebration in Leizhou.” THE SECOND CONFERENCE OF POLISH AND CHINESE ART – China-Poland, Art and Cultural Heritage December 5-6 2014, Tainan, Taiwan.


"The Transformed-Buddha Figures in the Aura --The Transmission from Gandhâra to Central China." The XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. August 18-13 2014, Vienna

“从港澳的谭公和洪圣大王谈起” 中國漁民信俗研究與保護學術研討會,January 20-23,2013,Macau


"The Usnisa on Monk Images- Iconographic Study of the Cave Paintings from the Kucha and Turfan Regions." International Conference on Globalized Buddhism May 21-23, 2012, Bhutan


"Investigation of Leizhou Popular Religion."  Symposium of Leizhou History and Culture, held at the Guangdong Provincial Museum on 6 January, 2012.


“Reshaping the Jātaka Stories” The  XVIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. June 20-25, 2011, Taiwan.


“Women’s Increasing Participation in Communal Religious Festivals: A Preliminary Observation from Leizhou, Guangdong”  The International Conference on Women and Gender in Chinese Religions. June 17-20, 2011, Macau.


“佛与法界不二:从法界像到卢舍那佛,” 庆贺饶宗颐先生95华诞敦煌学国际学术研讨会, Dunhuang (China), August 8-11, 2010.


“Dunhuang Cave 272 and the Ruixiang ‘One Buddha and Fifty Bodhisattvas’” Dunhuang Studies: prospects and problems for the coming second century of research, St. Petersburg (Russia), September 3-5, 2009.
“The Earth God Image in Khotan Buddhist Art,” The International Convention of Asia Scholars, Korea, August 6-8, 2009.


“The Cult of the Earth God in Macau,” First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Macau Studies: Intercultural Exchanges between East and West, Macau, May 25-27, 2009.


“As the Resonant-bodies of a Buddha—the Transformation-Buddha Images Depicted within the aura of a Buddha in Chinese Buddhist Art,” Presented in the international conference Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange, Singapore, February 16-18, 2009.


“从澳门佛寺的土地龛说起--探讨佛教与民间信仰里地域神的关系” 省港澳與珠三角地域歷史文化國際研討會 International Conference on History and Culture of Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao and the Pearl River Delta Region, Macau, November 2008.


“帝釋問法圖在克孜爾中心柱窟中的意義,” 2008年龜茲學國際學術研討會, Xingjiang, July, 2008.


“The Cosmos Worlds inside the Buddha-body.” International conference “The Map and the World: Visions of the Buddhist Universe,” Bangkok, June, 2007.


“A Study of the Principal Image in Central-pillar Caves at Kizil.” Annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, East Lansing, September 2005.


“The U·ö´·a on Monk Images: Iconographic Study of the Cave Paintings from the
Kizil and Bezeklik Regions.” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, April 2005.


“The Style of the Colossal Buddha at Longmen Fengxian Cave.” International
Academic Symposia of Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, China, August 2004.


“Universal Buddha-hood: The Study of Chinese Buddhist Sculptures of the 5th-6th Centuries.” 51st Annual Meeting of Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Springfield, September 2002.


“Buddha-body, Buddha-visualization and Buddha-image.” Midwest Conference on Asian History and Culture, Columbus, May 2002.


“The Iconography of Mount Sumeru in Chinese Buddhist Art.” International Conference of Dunhuang Buddhist Art and Studies, Lanzhou, China, July 2001.

 

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Buddhist Studies
Association of Asian Studies
Association of Central Asia and Silk Road Studies
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
SEECHAC (Société Européenne pour l'Etude des Civilisations de l'Himalaya et de l'Asie Centrale)

Teaching Area

Art History Courses:
- Buddhist Art History
- Asian Art History
- Art History of Ancient China
- Art History of Chinese Painting
- Modern Chinese Art History