About us




The Graduate Institute of Religious Studies was officially set up in 2001 on the basis of the formerly established Center for Religious Culture and Center for Buddhist Studies. At present, the Institute is divided into two sections, the Section of Religious Studies and the Section of Buddhist Studies. It offers a two-year MA program that seeks to introduce graduate students to the advanced studies of religion and Buddhology. All students have to write and submit a thesis for obtaining an MA degree. The Institute has now approximately 60 students in enrollment and welcomes both local and foreign students to pursue their academic research here.



•  Section of Religious Studies: the focus is broadly on studies both of traditional world religions and of Taiwanese folk religions.

•  Section of Buddhist Studies: the main focus is on studies of Indian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism. Courses are offered, however, on Tibetan and Taiwanese Buddhism as well.


Characteristics of the Curriculum

Apart from our own faculty, a number of teachers from the departments of Life-and-Death Studies, Philosophy, Literature, and the College of Social Sciences, also hold courses in the Institute to ensure the variety of courses.

Comparative studies between eastern religions (such as Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Taiwanese folk religion) and western religions are encouraged.

There is a special emphasis on religious methodology and Buddhist scriptural languages to have our students well-prepared for higher research works.



• Religious methodology: philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and history of religions.

• Seminar on religion: Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, folk religion , and new religious movements.

• Religion and contemporary civilization: religion and education, laws, literature, administration, arts, mass media, life-and-death studies, ethics, hermeneutics, and contemporary culture.

• History of Buddhism, interpretation of Buddhist scriptures, thoughts of Buddhist sects and other Buddhism-related topics.

• Modern languages: English and Japanese special reading courses for Buddhist and other religious literature .

• Traditional Buddhist languages: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan and Buddhist hybrid Chinese.



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