Alexander Mayer

 Alexander Mayer

Contact Information

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

Additional Campus Affiliations

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