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Kin Cheung, assistant professor of asian religions at Moravian College
Global Religions

Kin Cheung 張健

Assistant Professor of Asian Religions

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Office: Comenius 108B


Ph.D., Religion, Temple University
M.A., Religion, Temple University
B.A., Philosophy, New York University


Chinese Buddhism (Chan and Huayan), Chinese Philosophical-Religious Traditions (Confucianism, Daoism), Japanese Buddhism (Zen), Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Science, Contemporary Buddhism (Buddhism and health, Buddhist involvement in economics and capitalism)


Courses Developed

IDIS Inequality, Climate Change Denial, and Migration, Spring 2020
REL 299 Ethics in Asian Cultures, Spring 2019
LinC 101 Death, Dying and Rebirth, Fall 2019
REL 226 Religion and Capitalism, Spring 2018
REL 127 Healing, Health and Medicine in Asian Contexts, Fall 2020, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
REL 128 Asian Traditions through Film, Spring 2020, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
REL 221 Buddhism and Mindfulness, Fall, 2020, Fall 2016

Others Taught

REL 123 Religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
REL 124 Religious Thought of China and Japan, Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
REL 385 Directed Study in Religion, Spring 2018

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

  • 2015 “Ethical Implications of Upāya-Kauśalya: Helping Without Imposing.” The Journal of Buddhist Ethics 22 (2015): 371-399.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter

  • Cheung, K. and Salguero, C.P. "Interview with a Contemporary Chinese American Healer." In Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources, edited by C. Pierce Salguero. New York: Columbia University Press 2019. 

Non Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • 2018  “Implicit and Explicit Ethics in Mindfulness-Based Programs in a Broader Context.” In Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness, edited by Steven Stanley, Ronald E. Purser, and Nirbhay N. Singh, 305-321. Springer International Publishing 2018.
  • 2016  “명상연구의주제이동: 전문가에게서 초보자에게로 [The Shift in Meditation Research Subjects from Experts to Novices].” In 명상과치유 [Meditation and Healing], edited by Nae Chang Han, The Institute of Mind Humanities Series 13, 235-253. Iskan, South Korea: Wonkwang University Press 2016.

Review Essays

  • 2018 Cheung, Kin. "Human Agency in Buddhism and Science." Special Issue on Religion and Science, Religious Studies Review 44, no. 4 (2018): 395-401.
  • 2016 Cheung Kin, Valerio A., Kunu, V., Bingenheimer, M. “Chinese Religion(s): A Survey of Textbooks.” Studies in Chinese Religions 2, no. 3 (2016): 315-328.

Recent Presentations

Conferences, Seminars, and Invited Talks (*=Invited)

  • 2020 “How Would Buddhists Program An Autonomous Vehicle?” To be presented at the 19th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Seoul National University 서울대학교, Seoul, South Korea, August
  • *2020 Respondent, “What Kind of an Illusion is the Illusion of Self?” the Columbia University Comparative Philosophy Seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY, February
  • 2019 "Meditation, Buddhism, and Mental Health: State of the Field" Panelist at the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, San Diego, CA, November
  • 2019 Respondent, "Authenticity and Merit: Institutions and Economic Actors," the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, San Diego, CA, November
  • *2019 Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Mindfulness for Educators” Presented at the East Asia: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, November
  • *2019 "Chinese Medicine and Placebo Effects" to be presented at the East Asia: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, November
  • *2019 "Huayan Mereology's Implications for Neuroscience," Presented at the Huayan Buddhism and Western Thought Symposium, San José State University and International Institute for Hua-yen Studies, San José, CA, August
  • 2018 “Buddhist Institutions, Initial Public Offering Plans, and Tourism Company Listings in China’s Stock Market” To be presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, Denver, CO, November
  • *2018 "Chinese and Japanese Buddhism: Innovation and Continuity" Presented at the East Asia: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, November
  • *2018 “A Contemporary Chinese-American Community Healer” To be presented at The Comparison Project: Miracles, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, October
  • *2018 “Buddhists and the Trolley Problem: Implications for AI Ethics” Presented at the YHouse Consciousness Club, New York, NY, September
  • *2018 “Meditation and Brain Science” Panelist at the Second Annual Woodenfish Forum: Buddhism, Science, and the Future, Shenzhen, China, June
  • *2018 “Buddhist Perspectives on Robot Ethics and Machine Ethics” Presented at the Second Annual Woodenfish Forum: Buddhism, Science, and the Future, Shenzhen, China, June
  • *2018 “Contemporary Developments of Buddhism in China and Japan” Presented at the East Asia Update: Trends in Politics, Education and Popular Culture Seminar, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April
  • 2018 “Mindful Consumption? Buddhist Material and Religious Capital: A Response to Pamela Winfield and Steven Heine eds. Zen and Material Culture (Oxford University Press 2017)” Presented at the 26th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April
  • 2018 “A Mindfulness for Educator’s Retreat: Teaching How to Teach” Presented at the 26th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April
  • *2018 “Buddhist Theories of Truth, Truth-Telling, and Lies” Presented at the Columbia University Comparative Philosophy Seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY, March
  • *2018 “Acupuncture, Paradigm Shifts, and Placebos” Presented at the Asian Studies Lecture Series, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February
  • *2017 “Buddhist Perspectives on Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence” Presented at the Buddhism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution International Conference organized by The Korean Association for      Buddhist Studies 한국불교학회, Dongguk University 동국대학교, Seoul, South Korea, December
  • 2017 “Healing and Religion in a Contemporary Chinese-American Community” Presented at the “This Land Is Our Land”: Chinese Pluralities Through the Americas, An International Conference of the Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco, CA, October
  • *2017 “Right Speech in the Abhaya Sutra and Skillful Speech in the Lotus Sutra”, Presented at the International Lotus Sutra Seminar 法華経国際会議, Rissho Kosei-kai 立正佼成会 International Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, June
  • *2017 Respondent, “Seno’o Girō’s Buddhist Socialism, the Lotus Sutra, and the Interreligious Social Movements in 1930s-1940s Japan,” the 22nd International Lotus Sutra Seminar 法華経国際会議, Rissho Kosei-kai 立正佼成会 International Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, June
  • 2017 “Buddhism and Healing: Contemporary Experiences and Reflections 佛教與 治療:當代經驗與思 考” Presented a bilingual interactive workshop at the 15th Śākyadhitā International Conference on Buddhist Women 第十五屆善 女人佛教女性國際會議, University of Hong Kong 香港大學, Hong Kong, June
  • 2017 “What Does It Mean To Own Stock In A Famous Buddhist Mountain Tourism Company?” Presented at the “Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: Intersections between Buddhism and Economics Past and Present” International Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June