CRCAO member - China Team

Alan Wagner

Researcher, Independent


My work focuses on medieval Chinese Buddhist texts and manuscripts, ranging from the introduction of Buddhism into China through the Yuan period. I received my PhD in the Study of Religion from Harvard University in 2008, with a thesis on the Discourse Record of Layman Ruru manuscript by lay Zen Master Yan Bing 顏丙 (d. 1212). Since then I have continued my research on late medieval Chinese Zen, and on Yan Bing’s corpus in particular, while also starting to investigate the oral transmission of much earlier, popular Buddhist scriptures found among the Dunhuang manuscripts, such as the Lives of the Buddha (Sheng jing 生經) collection.

Research thematics

  • Medieval Chinese Buddhism
  • Popular Buddhist literature
  • Song-dynasty Zen
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Buddhist laypeople

Publications (HAL Archive Ouverte)

  • Alan Gerard Wagner. Practice and Emptiness in the Discourse Record of Ruru Jushi, Yan Bing (d. 1212), a Chan Buddhist Layman of the Southern Song. Religions. Harvard University, 2008. English. ⟨NNT : ⟩. ⟨tel-03119184⟩