Matthew Orsborn

Position:

Departmental Lecturer in Buddhist Studies

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Oriental Studies,
Oriental Institute
Pusey Lane
Oxford OX1 2LE
United Kingdom

Email:

matthew.orsborn@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

Mahāyāna Buddhist literature and thought

Pāli, Sanskrit and Chinese Buddhist literature

Contemporary Chinese Buddhist thought, practice and institutions

Indian religious thought and practice

Current Projects:

English translation from Kumārajīva’s Chinese Xiaopin Prajñāpāramitā

English translation from Kumārajīva’s Chinese Jin’gang Prajñāpāramitā

Contemporary Chinese Buddhist monastic ordination rites

Chiasmus in Buddhist literature

Courses Taught:

Foundations of Buddhism (MPhil 1)

Buddhism in Time and Space (MPhil 1)

Approaches to Buddhist Studies (MPhil 2)

Readings in Sanskrit Buddhist Texts (MPhil 2)

Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts (MPhil 2)

Monographs: 

Shì Hùifēng (2017). The Structure and Interpretation of Early Prajñāpāramitā: An Analysis via Chiasmic Theory. Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong Press.

Shì Hùifēng (2016). Old School Emptiness: Hermeneutics, Criticism & Tradition in the Narrative of Śūnyatā. Institute of Humanistic Buddhism: Kaohsiung. 

Journal Papers:

Orsborn, Matthew (forthcoming). Non-duality in the Prajñāpāramitā: Structure, Rhetoric and Philosophy. The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Non-duality in Indian Thought, ed. James Madaio and Jonathan Duquette. Bloomsbury.

Orsborn, Matthew (forthcoming, 2022). From Exegesis to Hermeneutic: Use of Abhidharmic and Mahāyāna Interpretation in the Prajñāpāramitā Upadeśa (Dazhidu Lun). 哲學與文化 [Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture], 佛教般若哲學專題 [Special Volume on Buddhist Prajñā Studies], ed. Yao-Ming Tsai 蔡耀明. New Taibei City: Fu Jen University.

Orsborn, Matthew (2021). Śrāvaka Ordination in a Mahāyāna Embrace: Triple Platform Ordination in Chinese Buddhism. Pacific World, Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 4th series, no. 2. Berkeley: Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Orsborn, Matthew (2021). Annotated English Translation of the ‘Sadāprarudita Avadāna’ in Kumārajīva’s Xiaŏpĭn Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. Journal of Asian Language and Translation. Cardiff University.

Orsborn, Matthew (2018). Something for Nothing: Cognitive Metaphors for Emptiness in the *Upadeśa (Dàzhìdù lùn). Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies. Chung-Hwa Institute for Buddhist Studies.

Shì Hùifēng (2017). The Structure and Interpretation of Early Prajñāpāramitā: An Analysis via Chiasmic Theory. Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong Press.  

Shì Hùifēng (2016). Old School Emptiness: Hermeneutics, Criticism & Tradition in the Narrative of Śūnyatā. Institute of Humanistic Buddhism: Kaohsiung.

Shì Hùifēng (2016). Is “Illusion” a Prajñāpāramitā Creation? The Birth and Death of a Buddhist Cognitive Metaphor. Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, 2.  

Shì Hùifēng (2016). Localization of Humanistic Buddhism in the West. Humanistic Buddhism, Journal, Arts, and Culture, 5.  

Shì Hùifēng (2015). Chiastic Structure of the Vessantara Jātaka: Textual Criticism and Interpretation Through Inverted Parallelism. Buddhist Studies Review, Vol. 32, No. 2.  

Shì Hùifēng (2014). Apocryphal Treatment for Conze’s Heart Problems: “Non-attainment”,“Apprehension” and “Mental Hanging” in the Prajñāpāramitā Hrdaya. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 6.  

Shì Hùifēng (2013). “Emptiness = Dependent Origination”—Nāgārjuna’s Innovation? Journal of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka, XI.  

Orsborn, M B (= Shì Hùifēng) (2012). Chiasmus in the early Prajñāpāramitā: literary parallelism connecting criticism & hermeneutics in an early Mahāyāna sūtra (Doctoral dissertation, The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)). 

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