Jun Gong

Professor of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University; 2022-2023 Berggruen China Center Fellow

Jun Gong is a professor at the Department of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University. He is also a professor and deputy director at the Institute of Comparative Religion, and deputy director at the Center for Buddhist Studies at Sun Yat-sen University. Professor Gong serves as the deputy director of the Eastern Philosophy Committee of China National Association of the History of Western Philosophy, and a member of Religion of Institute of Evaluation at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a member of the academic editorial board of New History, editor-in-chief of the Chinese Buddhist Review, and a member of editorial board of the Journal of Humanistic Religion. From 2002 to 2003, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Gong has lectured or held part-time academic positions at many prestigious academic institutions in North America, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is mainly engaged in research on the history of Buddhist thought, East Asian Zen Buddhism, interpretation of Buddhist classics, Buddhism and society, and ecological ethics. His publications and translations include The History of Modern Buddhism as ‘Knowledge’ – An Intellectual History Discourse in the East Asian Perspective, Introduction to Chinese Zen Studies, A History of Zen: A Problem-Centered Discourse on the History of Ideas, Pruning the Bodhi Tree: The Storm over Critical Buddhism” (translation), etc.