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Martino Dibeltulo Concu, PhD, 2015

Field of Study: PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies Program

Graduation Year: 2015

I'm a literary and cultural historian of Buddhism. I graduated from the Tibetan and Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Michigan in 2015. Previously, I earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy.My main area of expertise is the history and historiography of Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist relations. My current projects include a study of the modern incorporation of China into the global flow of European ideas about the Buddha and a monograph on how the study of Buddhist Tantra has influenced Enlightenment legacies and global thought during the modern age.I am the author of “Buddhism, Philosophy, History. On Eugène Burnouf’s Simple Sūtras” (Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2017), an investigation of magic, morality, and death in the European search for the historical Buddha. My latest work “Tantrism, Modernity, History. On Lü Cheng’s Philological Method” (Sino-Tibetan Buddhism Across the Ages, 2021) traces the origins and development of the category of “Tibetan Buddhism“ in modern East Asia, focusing on the work of Chinese scholar Lü Cheng. One of my recent translations from Chinese, Ricordare sempre: Istruzioni del Re del Dharma, la Gemma che Esaudisce i Desiderî (Naples: Diana, 2020), traces the early steps of His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok in establishing the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in China's Sichuan Province.I have taught Classical and Modern Chinese and Tibetan, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Buddhist, Asian, and Cultural studies at the University of Michigan, Oberlin College, and at other institutions in Italy and China. I currently live in Italy, where I teach Chinese Language and Culture at the Lyceum level.