Tao Jin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
Tao Jin is an Associate Professor in the Religion Department at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Professor Jin teaches courses on East Asian Buddhism, focusing primarily on its thought, its classical texts, Zen, and the theories and practices in its exegetical tradition. He also teaches Chinese religions, modern Japanese religions, popular religions in East Asia, and Asian religious literature.
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 (or Qixinlun in its popular Chinese abbreviation), 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, and has published in various peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies , and Philosophy East and West . He is currently working on a book, entitled The Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna: A Study and Annotated Translation of Dasheng qixin lun , and a number of related projects involving the annotation and structural analysis ( kepan ) of several classical commentaries of the Qixinlun .
Professor Jin is on sabbatical for Fall 2014.
Phone: (309) 556-3342
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900