Richard Jaffe
  • Richard Jaffe

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Religion
  • 115 Gray Building
  • Campus Box 90964
  • Phone: (919) 660-3502
  • Overview

    My research centers on the development of Japanese Buddhism from the sixteenth century to the present. Current projects include a study of travel and encounters between Japanese and other Buddhists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and overseeing, as general editor, the publication of five volumes of the writings of D. T. Suzuki.
  • Specialties

    • Buddhism
    • East Asian Religions
  • Research Summary

    Japanese Buddhism, Buddhism and Modernity, and Classical Texts
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Yale University,
      • 1995
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • National Humanities Center Fellowship,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • February 2004
      • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship,
      • NEH,
      • December 2003
  • Recent Publications

      • R. Jaffe.
      • "Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki, Zen Works."
      • Ed. Richard M. Jaffe.
      • Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki,
      • University of California Press,
      • Fall, 2014.
      Publication Description

      Accepted for publication and in press.

      • Richard M. Jaffe.
      • "Neither Monk nor Layman: Conclusions."
      • Budda no henbō: kōsaku suru kindai Bukkyō.
      • Ed. Sueki Fumihiko.
      • Tokyo, Japan:
      • Hōzōkan,
      • 2014.
      • (Translated into Japanese by Maekawa Ken'ichi.)
      Publication Description

      A translation of the concluding chapter of Neither Monk nor Layman, which was originally published by Princeton University Press, 2001.

      • Richard M. Jaffe.
      • "Ima Daisetsu o yomu: Zen and Japanese Culture 2010 ban jobun."
      • Shisō (Thoiught)
      • 1080
      • Iwanami Shoten,
      • (Accepted, April 2014)
      • .
      • Richard M. Jaffe.
      • "Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture by Elisabetta Porcu."
      • Journal of Japanese Studies
      • 36
      • .1
      • (Winter, 2010)
      • :
      • 198-202.
      • R. Jaffe.
      • "Religion and Japanese Empire."
      • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
      • 37
      • .1
      • (2010)
      • .
      Publication Description

      I served as volume editor and wrote the introduction to this special issue of the journal.

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  • PhD Students

    • Rebecca Mendelson
      • August 25, 2012 - present
    • Michael Y. Quick
      • August 25, 2011 - present
    • Uri Kaplan
      • 2010 - present
    • Jeffrey Schroeder
      • August 25, 2009 - present
    • Matthew Mitchell
      • August 25, 2008 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
  • Teaching

    • RELIGION 996S.01
      • TEACHING IN RELIGION
      • SEE INSTRU
      • F 07:30 PM-10:00 PM
    • RELIGION 999.18
      • SPECIAL READINGS
      • Gray 230B
      • Th 04:55 PM-07:25 PM
  • Hymn
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  • Roman Mosaic, Galilee
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  • prayer tablet meiji shrine tokyo
  • a 139ac
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