Professor and Ph.D. Advisor of Religious Studies and Philosophy;
Director of the Institute for Studies of Buddhism and Religious Theories at Renmin University of China
FANG Litian is Professor and Ph.D. Advisor of Religious Studies and Philosophy and the director of the Institute for Studies of Buddhism and Religious Theories at Renmin University of China. He also serves as an associate chairman and advisor of The Chinese Association of Religious Studies, Deputy Chairman of the Association for the History of Chinese Philosophy, Chief Editor of the journal of The History of Chinese Philosophy, a member of the Social Sciences Committee of the State Ministry of Education, Fellow of Central Research Institute of Culture and History. He received the Fifth “Wu Yuzhang Outstanding Scientific Research Award” in 2007. His teaching and research has focused on Chinese Buddhism, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese culture. His books include Essays on Buddhism of the Wei-Jin and the Northern and Southern Dynasties, An Annotation of the Treatise on the Garland Golden Lion, Huiyuan and His Buddhist Philosophy, Fazang, Buddhist Philosophy, Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture, A History of the Development of Chinese Ancient Philosophical Problems (2 volumes), The Essential Teachings of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (2 volumes), and Collected Essays of Fang Litian (6 volumes), and In Search of Spirituality—From Culture to Chan Buddhism, etc. His Buddhist Philosophy won the Honor Award of Chinese Books in 1986, and the First-Class Award of the National Education Commission’s first “Outstanding Achievement Award on Humanity and Social Science” in 1995 as one of the most influential books to popularize Buddhism. The Essential Teachings of Chinese Buddhist Philosophy received the 6th National Book Award, the Outstanding Award of the 8th Beijing City’s Philosophical and Social Sciences Achievements, and the First-Class Award of Outstanding Writings in Chinese Culture. This book is honored as “a milestone in the study of Chinese Buddhist philosophy.” Professor Fang has published more than 300 articles, 30 of them in Social Sciences in China and Philosophy Studies. His essay “On the Sinicized Marxist View of Religion” won the First-Class award of the 9th Beijing City’s Philosophical and Social Sciences Outstanding Achievements.