Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Yao-ming Tsai
Professor,
Department of Philosophy
National Taiwan University
No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road,
Taipei
Taiwan, 106 ROC
Office Phone: (886-2) 3366-3381
Email: tsaiyt@ntu.edu.tw
Website: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~tsaiyt

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT:

  • August 2012-present: Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University
  • August 2004-July 2012: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University
  • August 2001-July 2004: Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Asian Humanities, Huafan University
  • February 1998-July 2001: Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Asian Humanities, Huafan University

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, December 1997 Group in Buddhist Studies (an inter-disciplinary program)
  • M.A., National Taiwan University, Taiwan, July 1987 Department of Philosophy
  • B.A., National Taiwan University, Taiwan, July 1981 Department of Sociology

FIELDS OF SPECIALTY:

  • Indo-Chinese Buddhism, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Philosophy of Life, Bioethics, Indian Philosophy

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS:

2019

2017

2012

2006

  • Yao-ming Tsai, Research Methods and Academic Resources for Buddhist Studies, Taipei: Dharma Drum Publishing, 2006.
  • Yao-ming Tsai, An Open Path for Constructing Buddhology: Buddhist Doctrines of Meditation, Wisdom and Tathāgata-garbha,Taipei: Dharma Drum Publishing, 2006.

2001

  • Yao-ming Tsai, The Teachings of Prajñāpāramitā and the Purification of the Buddhafield: Collected Papers on a Buddhist Approach to the World of Buddhism, Nantou: Right View Publications, 2001.

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Yao-ming Tsai, “Non-dualistic Middle Path of the Kātyāyana-sūtra,” Yuan Kuang Journal of Buddhist Studies 24 (December 2014): 1-31.
  • Yao-ming Tsai, “Language as an Instrument of Soteriological Transformation from the Madhyamaka Perspective,” Asian Philosophy: An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East 24/4 (November 2014): 330-345.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2006

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1998

1997

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS/ ARTICLES IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

2020

2017

2016

2015

  • Yao-ming Tsai, “Soteriological Unfolding of the Mind, Body and Abiding-Places in the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta” of the Lotus Sūtra,” in Kumārajīva: Philosopher and Seer, edited by Shashibala, New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, 2015, pp. 88-108.
  • Yao-ming Tsai, “What is Caring about Life and How to Be Caring about Life,” in Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on the Cultivation of Inner Alchemy and Meditation, edited by Center for General Education, Kaohsiung: Center for General Education, Cheng Shiu University, 2015, pp. 137-159.

2014

  • Yao-ming Tsai, “On Justifying the Choice of Mahāyāna among Multiple Paths in Buddhist Teachings: Based on the Prajñāpāramitā-sūtras,” in Scripture:Canon::Text:Context -- Essays Honoring Lewis R. Lancaster, edited by Richard Payne, 2014, pp. 257-277.
  • Yao-ming Tsai, “How Does an Empty Buddhist Bioethics Work: The Example of Abortion,” in the Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Applied Ethics and Applied Philosophy in East Asia, Kobe: Project Innovative Ethics, Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, 2014, pp. 148-159.

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Yao-ming Tsai, “Basic Principles for Choosing among Multiple Paths in Buddhis Teachings: Based on the 4th & 16th Assemblies of the Prajñāpāramitā-Sūtras,” in Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies in 2008: Buddhism and Contemporary Humanistic Concerns, edited by Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture & Education, Kaohsiung: Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture & Education, 2008, pp. 263-286.
  • Yao-ming Tsai, “The Doctrine of Seeing the Tathāgata in the Diamond Sutra,” in Humanistic Base Texts and Mahāyāna Sūtras, edited by Märt Läänemets, Tartu: Centre for Oriental Studies, University of Tartu, 2008, pp. 92-112.

2006

2000

RESEARCH GRANTS

  • August 2020 – July 2021: Grant from Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “A Translation and A Study of the Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra: With a Special Focus on the Doctrine of Dharma-dhātu” MOST 109-2410-H-002-215 - MY3
  • August 2017 – July 2020: Grant from Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Buddhist Philosophy of Time and Space from the Perspective of Emptiness and Nonduality” MOST 106-2410-H-002-200- MY3
  • August 2015 – July 2016: Grant from Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Philosophical Construction of Emptiness, Nonduality and Suchness in the Prajñāpāramitā-sūtras” MOST 104-2410-H-002- 228
  • August 2012 – July 2015: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Perspectives on and Transformation of Sentient Beings in Buddhist Life Medicine and Life Cultivation” NSC 101-2410-H-002 -072-MY3
  • August 2009 – July 2012: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “The Doctrine of Abiding-Places and the Cultivation of Real Abiding of the Mind-Body Complex in Buddhist Scriptures” NSC 98-2410-H-002- 124-MY3
  • August 2007 – July 2009: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Doctrine of Reality Epitomized as Non-duality of Mind- Body in the Lankavatara Sutra: Critical Inquiry into the Mind-Body Topic as the Main Strand” NSC 96-2411-H-002-029-MY2
  • August 2006 – July 2007: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Integration and Construction of Internet Resources on Sanskrit Language and Sanskrit Buddhist Texts” NSC 95-2411-H-002-029
  • August 2004 – July 2005: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Research into Methods of Buddhist Philology” NSC 93- 2411-H-002-100
  • August 2003 – July 2004: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Permanent Abiding of the Tathāgata in the Anūnatvâpūrṇatva-nirdeśa” NSC 92-2411-H-211-006
  • August 2002 – July 2003: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “Meditative Practices of the 15th Assembly of the Prajñāpāramitā-sūtras: Also Referring to the Śūraṃgama-samādhi-sūtra” NSC 91- 2411-H-211-001
  • August 2000 – July 2001: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “The Purification of the Buddha-field in the Prajñāpāramitā-sūtras” NSC 89-2411-H-211-008
  • August 1999 – July 2000: Grant from National Science Council, Taiwan R.O.C., on the research project entitled “The Gilgit Manuscript of the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā: Folios124b-210b” NSC 89-2411-H-211-002

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

  • Yao-ming Tsai, Searching for the Origins of Mahāyāna and Moving toward a Better Understanding of Early Mahāyāna, University of California at Berkeley, December 1997. Thesis advisor: Professor Lewis R. Lancaster.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Sanskrit

Guide to Writing Philosophical Essays

Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhist Inquiry into Life

Buddhist Ethics of Life

Seminar in Buddhist Path to Emancipation

Seminar in Buddhist Path to Enlightenment

Seminar in Buddhist Prajñāpāramitā

Seminar in the Mādhyamika School of Philosophy

Seminar in Buddhist Doctrine of Consciousness-Only

Seminar in Tathāgatagarbha's Philosophy of Life

Philosophical Reading of the Vimalakīrti-nirdeśa

Buddhist Philosophy of Meditative Practices

Philosophical Inquiry into Evil and Karma

Buddhist Philosophy of Language

Philosophy of Religion