The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) is registered as both a printed and an Open Access Journal with all the contents freely downloadable.

Print: ISSN 2313-2000
E-ISSN: 2313-2019

The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) is a scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. It seeks to promote the academic study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. The JCBS publishes annually, and meets in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion.

All articles are peer-reviewed. Issues are distributed internationally to university and national libraries.

History of the Journal

The JCBS has had a long history rooted in the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. It was previously known as the Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal from 1987 to 2013. Prior to 1987, it was known as Hwakang Buddhist Journal, which published 8 issues until its name was replaced.

JCBS' predecessor, Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal, issued annually as a multilingual academic journal that published articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. It covered all areas of Buddhist studies from Indian Buddhism to Chinese Buddhism to Japanese Buddhism, including both doctrinal and philological issues.

In 2008, from volume number 21, the Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal became an English journal, but still publishing on all areas of Buddhist studies. In 2014, the Journal changed its name to JCBS, becaming the first scholarly journal in English devoted exclusively to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods.

JCBS is published by the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, which also offers scholarly grants, fellowship, academic exchange programs, and symposiums. Find out more here.


Daniel B. Stevenson  (University of Kansas)

Jimmy Y. Yu (Florida State University)


Editorial Board

Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)
Daniel Getz (Bradley University)
Natasha Heller (University of California, Los Angeles)
Jan Nattier (Hua Hin, Thailand)
Morten Schlütter (University of Iowa)

Albert Welter (University of Arizona)


Internal Advisors

Venerable Guo Jing, Ph.D.
Venerable Huimin, Ph.D.