Tzu-Lung Chiu

Contact details Tzu-Lung Chiu

Research Assistant of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2
5th floor, office 150.015
B-9000 Gent




In 2002 I took part in the Junior Abroad programme as an exchange student to America and took modules at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (US) for one year. In 2005, I studied MA in the institute for Women’s Studies in Lancaster University (UK). My research dissertation is about “The study of women in early Buddhism”. I have also completed an MSc in Management at Lancaster University (UK). In 2008-2009, I went back to Taiwan and worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica. Since May 2009 I am working at Ghent University as a Research Assistant of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO).

My PhD thesis topic is “Institutional Organization of Buddhist nunneries in China and Taiwan: past and present”. The research project studies the institutional organisation of Buddhist nunneries in a Chinese and in an international context.  The focus lies on the attitude of nunneries towards tradition and present-day reality, as well as on their international role based on this attitude.  The project aims at providing a scientifically well based research of the institutional position of nunneries within Buddhism

The main aims of the research are to better understand how traditional Buddhist vinaya monastic rules are applied in the modern bhikkhunī sangha, and to explore how Chinese nunneries inherit traditional monastic rules to meet contemporary needs and achieve future goals.