Venerable Dr Huifeng (釋慧峰)

PhD (University of Hong Kong, HKSAR), MBS (Master of Buddhist Studies) (University of Hong Kong, HKSAR), BE (Mechanical) (University of Auckland, New Zealand

Ven. Huifeng is originally from New Zealand.  Having been introduced to Buddhism at a young age, he committed himself to full time Buddhist practice in the late 1990s, studying at several of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Buddhist Colleges and Universities, receiving full ordination in 2004.  From 2006 to 2011 he studied first a Masters and then a PhD degree at the University of Hong Kong, with his PhD dissertation entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahāyāna Sūtra”.  Presently he is an Assistant Professor at Fo Guang University, Ilan, Taiwan, teaching at the Department of Buddhist Studies.  His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mahāyāna sūtra and śāstra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism. 

Research Interests

  • Indian Buddhism
  • Chinese Buddhism
  • Mahāyāna sutra and śāstra
  • translation and hermeneutics
  • Buddhist meditation.

Current Research Projects

  • Monograph Work: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā 
  • Translation Project: Kumārajīva’s Xiăopĭn Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (Chinese to English trs.)
  • Translation Project: Yìnshùn’s An Investigation into Emptiness (Chinese to English trs.)
  • Supervised MA Thesis: Liminality in Bodhisattva Literature
  • Supervised MA Thesis: Chiasmus in Buddha Hagiography
  • Supervised MA Thesis: Duality and Paradox in the Avatamsaka Sūtra
  • Supervised MA Thesis: Rhetoric and Metaphor in the Mahāyāna-sagraha
  • Copy Editor: World Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Arts (Fo Guang Shan)

Recent Publications

  • Yinshun’s “Investigations into Śūnyatā: Preface and Introduction of Chapter One”, Buddhist and Pāli Studies in Honour of The Venerable Professor Kakkapalliye Anuruddha, 2009. 
  • 〈《菩提道次第廣論》之奢摩他學〉, 《普門學報》59期2010與60期2011. 
    [“The Training in Śamatha in the Great Treatise on the Stages to Awakening”, Pumen Journal, Vol. 59, 60, 2011.] 
  • “‘Dependent Origination = Emptiness’—Nāgārjuna’s Innovation? An Examination Of The Early And Mainstream Sectarian Textual Sources”, Journal of Buddhist Studies, Kandy, 2014 (forthcoming). 
  • “Is ‘Illusion’ a Prajñāpāramitā Creation? The Birth and Death of a Buddhist Cognitive Metaphor”, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, 2014 (forthcoming). 
  • “Apocryphal Treatment for Conze’s Heart Problems: ‘Non-attainment’, ‘Apprehension’ & ‘Mental Hanging’ in the Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya”, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 2014 (forthcoming). 

Links with Industry/Consultancies

  • Vice-Abbot, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kao Hsiung, Taiwan. 


  • Fo Guang Shan Monastery 
  • Association of Buddhist Studies 
  • Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies.

Teaching Interests

  • Indian Buddhism
  • Chinese Buddhism
  • Mahāyāna sutra and śāstra
  • translation and hermeneutics
  • Buddhist meditation.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Buddhist teachings: Taiwan, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, China, etc. 
  • Buddhist youth (student) programs: Taiwan, USA 
  • Meditation retreats: Taiwan, USA  

Current Role(s)

  • 2013-present Vice-Abbot (Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan)
  • 2011-present Assistant Professor (Fo Guang University, Taiwan)


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