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Julian Butterfield

PhD student in Religious Studies
M.A., University of Toronto (2018)

Julian holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies (2016) and an MA in Religious Studies (2018), both from the University of Toronto. Generally interested in the dissemination and development of Mahāyāna Buddhism in early medieval China, his past research explored the textual history of the Huayan jing and the related development of bodhisattva ordination in the Chinese Pusa yingluo benye jing. Julian’s current research interests include the history of Buddhist drama, especially along the Silk Roads, and the poetics of divine encounter across Mahāyāna literature and ritual.


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