Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2008
Tao Jin is an Assistant Professor in the Religion Department at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Professor Jin teaches courses on East Asian Buddhism, Zen, East Asian popular religions, Chinese religions, Asian religious literature, Buddhist texts, and scriptural interpretation as a religious practice.
Professor Jin holds graduate degrees from Tianjin Foreign Languages Institute (M.A., 1994), University of Memphis (M.A., 1999) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D., 2008). He specializes in Buddhist philosophy of mind, its classical East Asian presentation in the treatise entitled the Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna, the commentarial literature of the treatise, and theory and practice of Buddhist exegesis. He is also interested in the formulation and interpretation of the Chinese cosmology, and the interaction between Confucianism and Buddhism.
Professor Jin has presented his studies at both national and international conferences, some of which are, or will be, published in well-respected peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, and Philosophy East & West. He is currently working on two projects: 1). making a new annotated English translation (with a study) of the Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna; 2). annotating and re-organizing (kepan) the definitive commentary of The Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna by the Chinese scholar-monk Fazang (643-712).