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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



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

REL 262 Religion and Capitalism, Spring 2018
REL 127 Healing, Health and Medicine in Asian Contexts, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
REL 128 Asian Traditions through Film, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
REL 221 Buddhism and Mindfulness, Fall 2016

Others Taught

REL 123 Religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
REL 124 Religious Thought of China and Japan, Fall 2017, Fall 2016


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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

Book Chapters

Under contract. “A Contemporary Chinese-American Healer.” In Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology Volume 2: Modern and Contemporary Voices, edited by C. Pierce Salguero (volume under contract with Columbia University Press).

Under contract. “Implicit and Explicit Ethics in Mindfulness-Based Programs in a Broader Context.” In Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness, edited by Ron Purser, Steven Stanley, and Nirbhay Singh (chapter submitted to volume under contract with Springer).

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.

Review Essay

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.

Conference Proceedings

2017 Cheung, K. “Buddhist Perspectives on Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence/인공지능의 윤리적 문제 에 대한 불교적 관접” In Encounter of Buddhism & the 4th Industrial Revolution, 570-584. Seoul, South Korea: Dongguk University Press.

2015 Cheung, K. “Historicizing Scientific Research on Meditation.” In 2015 Mind Humanities International Conference: Dialogues on Meditation and Healing, 125-146. Iksan, South Korea: Wonkwang University Press.

2014 Cheung, K. “Money Raising in Chinese Buddhism: Mainland Chinese Mountain Initial Public Offering in the Stock Market and Taiwanese Donation-Based Economics/漢傳佛教籌集資金:大陸上市首次公開募股與臺灣捐贈的經濟.” In the Fifth International Sheng Yen Education Foundation Conference 第五屆聖嚴思想國際學術研討會. Taipei, Taiwan: Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation.

Outreach Article

2016  “ ‘Health’ in the Buddhism and Science Dialogue” American Buddhist Perspectives, July 4. Reposted in Asian Medicine Zone, July 5.

Book Reviews

2017 Cheung, K. Review of Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus. Edited by Gregory Price Grieve and Daniel Veidlinger. Religious Studies Review 43, no. 3 (2017): 302.

2016 Cheung, K. Review of Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science. By David P. Barash. Religious Studies Review 42, no. 3 (2016): 228.

Invited Presentations

2018  “A Contemporary Chinese-American Community Healer”, To be presented at The Comparison Project: Miracles, Drake University, IA, October

 2018  “How to Measure Psycho-Physical Force or Qi: Implications for Chinese Medical Arts”, To be presented at the YHouse  Consciousness Club, New York, NY, September

2018  “Buddhist Perspectives on Robot Ethics and Machine Ethics”, To be 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  “Acupuncture, Paradigm Shifts, and Placebos” To be presented at the Asian Studies Lecture Series, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February

2018 “Problems in Buddhist Theories of Truth” To be presented at the Columbia University Comparative Philosophy Seminar, Columbia University, NY, March

2018 “Religious Roots of Chinese Medicine” To be 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 “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.

2016 “Inserting Confucian Cultivation Categories into the Mindfulness Debate on Ethics” Presented at the Mindfulness on the Margins Unconference-Retreat, Emerson College, Sussex, United Kingdom, April.
2015 “The Role of Humanists in the Buddhism and Science Dialogue” Panelist at Buddhism and Modernity: Conversations at the Edge Seminar, Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, Berkeley, CA, June.
2015 “The Shift in Meditation Research Subjects from Experts to Novices” Presented at the 5th International Dialogues on Meditation and Healing Conference 마음인문학 국제학술대회-명상과 치유에 대한 학제간 대화, Wonkwang University 원광대학교, Iksan, South Korea, May.
2015 “Language and Worldview: Gendered Nouns, Temporal-Spatial Relations, and Saving Money” Presented at the Interdisciplinary Studies Track Honors Program Speaker Series, Valencia College, Orlando, FL, March.
2014 “Historicizing Scientific Research on Meditation” Presented at the Meditation and Healing in Dialogue Workshop, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, October.
2013 “Chinese Religion(s): A Survey of Textbooks” Presented at the Philadelphia-Area Buddhist Studies Work Group, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, May.

Recent Conferences

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 “Mindful Consumption? Buddhist Material and Religious Capital: A Response to Pamela Winfield and Steven Heine eds. Zen and Material Culture (Oxford University Press 2017)” To be presented at the 26th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April

2018 “A Mindfulness for Educator’s Retreat: Teaching How to Teach” To be presented at the 26th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April

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 “Buddhism and Healing: Contemporary Experiences and Reflections” presented as aninteractive workshop at the 15th Sakyadhita 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” Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June.

2016 “Questioning Boundaries Between Religion, Healing, and Therapy: An Ethnographic Case Study” presented at Travelling and Transforming Therapeutics: Subjectivity, Materiality and Inequality International Workshop, University of Turku Turun yliopisto, Finland, December.
2016 “Case Study of a Contemporary Chinese-American Healer” presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November (Panel Organizer, “Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism and Healing in Contemporary Practice”).
2016    “Case Study of a Contemporary Chinese-American Healer” Presented at the Oriental Club of Philadelphia 4th Annual Regional Symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, March.