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Kin Cheung 張健

Assistant Professor of Asian Religions

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Contact

Office: Comenius 108B
Email: cheungk@moravian.edu
CV: https://moravian.academia.edu/KinCheung/CurriculumVitae

Education

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

Interests

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

Courses

Courses Developed

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
Religion and Capitalism REL 226

Others Taught

Directed Study of Religion REL 385
Religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism REL 123
Religious Thought of China and Japan REL 124

Individual Studies Research Supervision

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

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 Chapters

  • 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. 
  • 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.

Review Essays

  • 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.

Recent Presentations

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

  • 2022 “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
  • *2021 "East Asian Charms and Amulets During COVID-19" To be presented via webcast at the East Asia: 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" To be presented via webcast at a National Consortium for Teaching About Asia webinar, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, July
  • 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
  • 2021 "Buddhism and Secularism, in America" Presented via webcast at the Philadelphia-Area Buddhist Studies Work Group, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, February
  • *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