Research at the CBS

Our Research Foci

Ghent University and the Department of Languages and Cultures have a long-standing tradition in Buddhological research. While the Center hosts researchers in various domains, we focus on the following fields:

In addition to the permanent staff, research is conducted on all levels, by Master and PhD students, in addition to Postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars. The research profile of the Department is very international, currently including researchers from China (including "joint PhD projects with Nanjing and Renmin Universities), Taiwan, Germany, Russia, and Thailand.

The Research Foundation Flanders offers four-year fellowships for outstanding PhD-projects. We therefore encourage young European and international scholars interested in pursuing research here to contact us,

International Collaborations

We work together with institutions abroad, for example the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (, Zentrum für Buddhismuskunde, Hamburg (, and Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe, KHK, Ruhr University Bochum (  In addition, bilateral agreements and Socrates programs have been established with many institutions abroad. In 2017, the centre became a part of the Tianzhu academic network, which will lead to even more international collaboration.

Wheel of Life (c)Christoph Anderl

Previous research projects