Dr. Kin Cheung 張健
Associate Professor of East and South Asian Religions
Office: Comenius 110
(Currently on sabbatical leave and unable to serve as a peer reviewer until Fall 2023.)
Ph.D., Religion, Temple University
M.A., Religion, Temple University
B.A., Philosophy, New York University
Contemporary Buddhism (Buddhism and health, Buddhist involvement in economics and capitalism), Chinese Buddhism (Chan and Huayan), Chinese Philosophical-Religious Traditions (Confucianism, Daoism), Japanese Buddhism (Zen), Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Science
Asian American Experiences HIST/REL 190
Asian Traditions through Film COMM/REL 128
Buddhism and Mindfulness REL 221
Death, Dying and Rebirth LinC 101
Ethics in Asian Cultures PHIL/REL 299
Healing, Health and Medicine in Asian Contexts REL 127
Humanities Seminar IDIS 192
Inequality, Climate Change Denial, and Migration IDIS 290
Murder, Mourning, and Memory IDIS 194
Religion and Capitalism REL 226
Directed Study of Religion REL 385
Religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism REL 123
Religious Thought of China and Japan REL 124
Graduate Research Supervision
精神主義 (seishinshugi) in Contemporary Japanese and American Shin Buddhism
Undergraduate Honors and Individual Studies Research Supervision
- The Effect of a Short Mindfulness Intervention on True and False Memory Recall Using the DRM Paradigm
- Death and Rebirth in Buddhism
- The Value of Religious Studies for Graphic Art Design
- Scientific Research on Buddhist Meditation
- Neuroscience and Meditation
- Animal Rights and Buddhism
- Nirvana and Buddhist Conceptions of Karma
- Mindfulness for Anxiety and Anger
- Philosophical Analysis of Anatta
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- 2022 Cheung, K. and Minjung Noh. "Covid-19, Shincheonji, and the Limits of South Korean Secularism: The Devil in Patient 31" Religion, State and Society 50 (3): 316-337. DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2022.2096996
- 2021 Cheung, K. "Merit, Karma, and Exchange: Chinese Buddhist Mountain Tourism Company Listings on the Stock Market." The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86 (3): 931-955.
Open Access: https://academic.oup.
- 2015 Cheung, K.“Ethical Implications of Upāya-Kauśalya: Helping Without Imposing.” The Journal of Buddhist Ethics 22 (2015): 371-399.
Open Access: http://blogs.
dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/ 2015/08/31/ethical- implications-of-upaya- kausalya/
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
- 2022 Cheung, K. "Miracle as Natural: A Contemporary Chinese American Religious Healer." In Miracles: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, edited by Karen R. Zwier, David L. Weddle, and Timothy D. Knepper. Comparative Philosophy of Religion Series 3, 131-154. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022.
- 2020 Cheung, K. "Mythmaking and COVID-19: Asian Alternatives to 'Warfare' Against Disease." In Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic, edited by David Kenley, Asia Shorts Series 8, 61-68. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020.
Open Access: https://www.
asianstudies.org/publications/ teaching-about-asia-in-a-time- of-pandemic
- 2019 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, 241-251. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.
- 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.
Exhibition Catalog Co-Editor and Essay
- 2022 Baxter, Kristin and K. Cheung, eds. Loving Kindness: A Children's & Teens' Art Exhibition about Mindfulness. Bethlehem: Payne Gallery, 2022.
- 2022 Cheung, K. "Religious Literacy for Mindfulness in Classrooms and Art Spaces." In Loving Kindness: A Children's & Teens' Art Exhibition about Mindfulness, edited by Kristin Baxter and K. Cheung, 10-12. Bethlehem: Payne Gallery, 2022.
- 2020 Cheung, K. "Defining Health and Religion: Mindfulness and Buddhism." Religious Studies Review 46, no. 3 (2020): 359-366.
- 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.
- 2022 Co-Curator, "Loving Kindness: A Children's & Teen's Art Exhibition about Mindfulness," Payne Gallery, Moravian University Bethlehem, PA 2022.01.27--2022.03.13. Exhibition Catalogue (Pp. iv + 53).
Conferences, Seminars, and Invited Talks (*=Invited)
- *2023 "Placebo Effects and Qi: Incommensurable Paradigms of Healing and Mind-Body" To be presented at "Beliefs, Religious Worldviews and Public Health after Covid: Plural/Competing Epistemologies," a British Academy/Wellness Trust Conference, The British Library, London, United Kingdom, April
- *2023 "A Chinese American Node of Healing: Qigong, Acupuncture, and Shaolin Medical Arts" To be presented at the Global Asias 6 Conference, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March
- 2022 "Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America - Special Issue Workshop" Panelist at the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, Denver, CO, November
- 2022 “How Would Buddhists Program An Autonomous Vehicle?” Presented at the 19th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Seoul National University 서울대학교, Seoul, South Korea, August (Rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19)
- *2022 "East Asian Charms and Amulets During the COVID-19 Pandemic" Presented via webcast at the East Asia through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, July
- 2021 "Miracle as Natural: A Contemporary Chinese American Religious Healer" To be presented via webcast at the American Academy of Religion Annual National Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November
- *2021 "Buddhism and Breath Summit, "Panelist at a webinar co-sponsored by the Jivika Project and the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, September
- *2021 "Teaching Asian Religious-Philosophical Traditions Through Film" Presented via webcast at the East Asia through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, July
- *2021 "Mythmaking and COVID-19: Asian Alternatives to 'Warfare' Against Disease" Presented via webcast at a East Asia through History and Art: A Seminar for Teachers, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, July
- *2021 "Blurry Boundaries Between Breath/Qi/Ki and Buddhism: Agency for a Contemporary Chinese American Religious Healer" Presented and recorded via webcast at the Buddhism and Breath Summit, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, June
- 2021 "Buddhism and Secularism, in America" Presented via webcast at the Philadelphia-Area Buddhist Studies Work Group, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, February
- *2021 "Mythmaking and COVID-19: Asian Alternatives to 'Warfare' Against Disease" Presented via webcast at a National Consortium for Teaching About Asia webinar, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, February