Richard Jaffe, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Asian | Pacific Studies Institute and Bass Fellow

Richard Jaffe
Contact Info:
Office Location:  115 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3502
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Teaching (Fall 2022):


Ph.D.Yale University1995
M.Phil.Yale University1993
M.A.Yale University1986
B.A.San Francisco State University1979

East Asian Religions
Research Interests: Japanese Buddhism, Buddhism and Modernity, and Classical Texts

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Jaffe, RM. Seeking Sakyamuni South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism.  Buddhism and Modernity, May, 2019: 320 pages.  [abs]
  2. Jaffe, R. "PURE LAND, REAL WORLD: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination." Pacific Affairs  vol. 92 no. 1 (March, 2019): 131-133.
  3. Jaffe, R. "D. T. Suzuki and the Two Cranes: American Philanthropy and Suzuki’s Global Agenda." Matsugaoka Bunko Kenkyū Nenpō  vol. 32 (2018): 29-58.
  4. Jaffe, RM. "Neither Monk nor Layman: Conclusions." Budda no henbo: kosaku suru kindai Bukkyo Ed. Fumihiko, S. Hozokan, February, 2014. (Translated into Japanese by Maekawa Ken'ichi.)
  5. Jaffe, R. Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki, Zen Works.  edited by Jaffe, RM Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki University of California Press, Fall, 2014.