Alexander Mayer

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Contact Information

Department of Religion
3016 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Associate Professor

Research Interests

Chinese Buddhism, the intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism, biographical literature and the representation of the person in the 7th century; Chinese Buddhist commentary

Research Description

Current Projects:

Açvaghosa's Dacheng qixin lun in Fazang's (Tang) and Xufa's (Qing) Interpretation
Chinese Buddhist Sutra Exegesis in Historical Perspective
Kuiji's Commentary Jingang jing Zanshu on the Vajracchedikå-sutra; and Sthiramati's Trimçikå Commentary on "Mere Cognition".


Habilitation, University of Heidelberg, 1999
Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen, 1989
M.A. University of Tübingen, 1985

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies

Recent Publications

Mayer, A. L. (2009). A Review of Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogācāra Buddhism and the Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 16, 191-216.

Mayer, A. L., & Röhrborn, K. (Eds.) (2005). Xuanzangs Leben und Werk: Lexikalische Untersuchungen zur uigurischen Xuanzang-Biographie. (Veröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica; Vol. 34, No. 8). Harrassowitz Verlag.

Mayer, A. L. (2003). Der Anblick des Berges in den chinesischen Bergmonographien. In G. Giesemann, & X. Ertzdorff (Eds.), Erkundung und Beschreibung der Welt (pp. 511-520). Brill.

Mayer, A. L., & Röhrborn, K. (Eds.) (2001). Xuanzangs Leben und Werk: Cien-Biographie VI. (Veröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica; Vol. 34, No. 6). Harrassowitz Verlag.

Ölmez, M., Röhrborn, K., & Mayer, A. L. (Eds.) (2001). Xuanzangs Leben und Werk: Die alttürkische Xuanzang-Bibliographie III. (Veröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica; Vol. 34, No. 7). Harrassowitz Verlag.

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