CRCAO member - China Team

Garance Chao Zhang

Research Associate in the Analysis of Historical and Cultural Sources, École Pratique des Hautes Études


Research Fellow at the Zen Institute, Komazawa University 駒澤大学禅研究所

My field of research is the religious culture of premodern China (around the 10th-15th centuries). I am particularly interested in Chan Buddhism, which, during this period, experienced unparalleled dynamism on Chinese soil and spread throughout a vast area of East Asia. I have examined two major aspects of its religious paradigm – historiography and monasticism – by situating them both in the Buddhist tradition and in the contexts of Chinese society and the Sinosphere. I will soon be developing a third line of research on the establishment of Chinese Chan in Medieval Japan.

Within the China team, I am in charge of coordinating the Dunhuang studies project and, more generally, of providing support for research.

Research thematics

  • History of East Asia
  • Sinographical culture
  • Chan/Zen/Seon Buddhism
  • Digital Humanities and Dunhuang studies

Publications (HAL Collection CRCAO)

  • Takashi Ogawa, Chao Zhang, Didier Davin. 『大慧普覚禅師宗門武庫』訳注稿 (1). Annual Report of the Zen Institute, 2022, 33, pp.264-289. ⟨hal-03609586⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Réussir sa carrière religieuse : la vie des moines du bouddhisme Chan en Chine prémoderne. Annuaire de l’École pratique des hautes études. Section des sciences religieuses, 2022, 129, pp.83 - 92. ⟨10.4000/asr.4240⟩. ⟨hal-03770287⟩
  • Chao Zhang. 宋代看話禪形成史綜述 The Formation of the Chan of "Observing the Phrase" (kanhua chan) under the Song: An overview. International Zen Studies , 2022, 9, pp.7-40. ⟨hal-03609495⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Book Review. Ogawa Takashi 小川隆, Chūgoku zenshūshi : "Zen no goroku" dōdoku 中国禅宗史 : 「禅の語録」導読, Tokyo : Chikuma shobo, 2020,4. Tang yanjiu 唐研究 26 (2021) : 611-622.. 2021. ⟨hal-02935721⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Book Review. John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar (eds), India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. T'oung Pao.. T'oung Pao/通報 , 2016, pp.547-570. ⟨10.1163/15685322-10245P07⟩. ⟨halshs-02413733⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Aperçu sur les biji ou les miscellanées du bouddhisme Chan. Études Chinoises, 2015. ⟨halshs-02413766⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Les grand-mères vulgaires : l’évolution d’une représentation féminine du bouddhisme chan. Études Chinoises, 2012, XXXI (1), pp.67-80. ⟨halshs-02414522⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Chan writing and writing about Chan: Between the Song dynasty Chan and the Japanese Zen 禅はいかに書かれてきたかーー宋代禅と日本禅の間. Conférence publique de l’Association des études bouddhiques de l’Université Komazawa 駒沢大学仏敎学会, Jul 2022, Tokyo (en ligne), Japan. ⟨hal-03887701⟩
  • Chao Zhang. La journée d’un moine, un an dans un monastère : la vie monastique du bouddhisme Chan en Chine 禅僧の一日 禅院の一年——中国禅院の生活と行事. Conférence publique de l’International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism 花園大学国際禅学研究所, Jun 2022, Kyoto, Japan. ⟨hal-03887846⟩
  • Chao Zhang. “Shûmon zuihitsu” (Chan Miscellanea) and Edo Zen scholarship’s reinvention of Song-Yuan Chan literature. How Zen Became Chan: Pre-modern and Modern Representations of a Transnational East Asian Buddhist Tradition, Jul 2022, Zoom, Canada. ⟨hal-03770364⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Notes au fil du pinceau de l’école Chan/Zen : une littérature bouddhique chinoise qui éclot au Japon ?. Séminaire « Essais ‘au fil du pinceau’ (zuihitsu) à l’époque d’Edo (XVIIe-XIXe) : recueils de réflexions et d’observations sur le passé et le présent des savants japonais (pré-)modernes », Jun 2022, Paris (en ligne), France. ⟨hal-03887866⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Gestionnaire du dharma. Sur l’abbé du monastère Chan des Song. Song-Dynasty Chan: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an East Asian Buddhist Tradition, Feb 2020, PARIS, France. ⟨hal-03208958⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Religious Practices in Literary Circles of the Song Dynasty – The Jiangxi School of Poetry and its Appropriation of the Local Clerical Buddhism. Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities, Sep 2017, Leiden, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03203565⟩
  • Chao Zhang. Formation des paradigmes religieux entre essai et hagiographie : étude de deux biji du bouddhisme Chan des Song du Sud (1127-1279). Religions. Ecole pratique des hautes études, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : ⟩. ⟨tel-02935640⟩