Stephen F Teiser

Professor of Religion
D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies
Office Phone
241 1879 Hall

Stephen F. Teiser is D.T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Professor of Religion. His most recent book is Readings of the Platform Sūtra (Columbia University Press, 2012), co-edited with Morten Schlütter. His 2006 book,  Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples (University of Washington Press), received the Prix Stanislas Julien, awarded by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France.

His new research examines healing liturgies contained among the medieval Chinese Buddhist manuscripts discovered in Dunhuang (northwest China). He is also finishing a book (in Chinese) on ritual and the study of Buddhism, growing out of the 2014 Guanghua Lectures by Distinguished Scholars in the Humanities at Fudan University (Shanghai).

He is interested in the interaction between Buddhism and indigenous Chinese traditions, brought into focus through the wealth of sūtras, non-canonical texts, and artistic evidence unearthed on the Silk Road. His courses cover the religions of China, the history of Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist texts, Dunhuang manuscripts, and approaches to the study of religion.

In 2014 he was co-recipient (with Jacqueline I. Stone) of the Graduate Mentoring Award from Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. He currently serves as Director of Princeton's Program in East Asian Studies.