Jeffrey Kotyk is the Sheng Yen Education Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism. Jeffrey received his PhD from Leiden University in 2017 with a dissertation titled “Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty” . Earlier he received his MA in Buddhist Studies from Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan in 2011, where he studied East Asian Buddhism. He received his BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009.
Jeffrey has published on the interaction between astronomy and Buddhism in China, such as “Iranian Elements in Late-Tang Buddhist Astrology” in Asia Major and “Yixing and Pseudo-Yixing: A Misunderstood Astronomer-Monk” in the Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies. Recently he has researched the relationship between secular and Buddhist histories with a particular interest in evaluating the latter in light of the former. One resulting publication of this study was “Chinese State and Buddhist Historical Sources on Xuanzang: Historicity and the Daci’en si sanzang fashi zhuan” in T’oung Pao. His forthcoming monograph is titled Horoscopy and Astral Magic in Medieval China: Buddhist and Daoist Experiences of Astrology. At UBC he will be working on a project titled “State and Buddhist Accounts of South and Central Asia in Medieval China.” He is interested in comparative geography and ethnography between Buddhist and court authors in medieval China.
Jeffrey is a member of the BDK Tripitaka Translation Project. He is contributing to translations, including the Madhyāntavibhāga-bhāṣya and Abhidharmakośā-bhāṣya. He has also contributed translations connected to the FROGBEAR Project. He also translated several of the late Master Sheng Yen’s works into English for Dharma Drum Mountain.
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Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)
2019. “Chinese State and Buddhist Historical Sources on Xuanzang: Historicity and the Daci’en si sanzang fashi zhuan 大慈恩寺三藏法師傳.” T’oung Pao 通報 105: 513–544.
2019. “Chinese and English Horoscopy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: The Astrological Doctrines of the Twelve Houses and Lot of Fortune in Xingxue dacheng 星學大成 by Wan Minying 萬民英 (1521–1603) and Christian Astrology by William Lilly (1602–1681).” Brill’s International Journal of Divination & Prognostication 1: 3–35.
2019. “Indo-Iranian and Islamicate Sources of Astrological Medicine in Medieval China.” Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine 14, no. 1: 30–55.
2019. “Research Note on Brahmanical Deities in Mikkyō Astrological Art.” Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University 4: 101–108.
2018. “Astrological Determinism in Indian Buddhism.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 41: 145–167.
2018. “The Sinicization of Indo-Iranian Astrology in Medieval China.” Sino-Platonic Papers 282: 1–95.
2018. “Yixing and Pseudo-Yixing: A Misunderstood Astronomer-Monk.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 31: 1–37.
2018. “Japanese Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic: Mikkyō and Sukuyōdō.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 45, no. 1: 37–86.
2018. “Early Tantric Hemerology in Chinese Buddhism: Timing of Rituals According to Śubhakarasiṃha and Yixing.” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 13: 1–29.
2017. “Astrological Iconography of Planetary Deities in Tang China: Near Eastern and Indian Icons in Chinese Buddhism.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 30: 33–88.
2017. “Iranian Elements in Late-Tang Buddhist Astrology.” Asia Major 30, no. 1: 25–58.
Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)
2017. “Can Monks Practice Astrology? Astrology and the Vinaya in China.” In Rules of Engagement: Medieval Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Regulation, eds. Susan Andrews, Jinhua Chen and Cuilan Liu, 503–517. Hamburg: Hamburg University Press.
2019. “Tejaprabhā.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volume II: Lives, edited by Jonathan A. Silk, 612–615. Leiden: Brill.
2019. “Yixing.” In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volume II: Lives, edited by Jonathan A. Silk, 800–805. Leiden: Brill.
2018. “Buddhist Astrology.” In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, ed. William Burns, 61–66. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
2020. “La nascita di Cristo e i portatori di doni persiani nelle fonti cinesi medievali.” In I NOMI DEI MAGI EVANGELICI: Considerazioni storico-linguistiche e storico-religiose intorno ai nomi dei Magi. Prolegomena ad un Namenbuch. Con contributi di Andrea Gariboldi, Jeffrey Kotyk, Paolo Ognibene e Alessia Zubani, eds. Antonio Panaino and Paolo Ognibene, 113–130. Milano: Mimesis Edizioni. Translated into Italian by Alessia Zubani.
2016. “Kanjiken no bungaku ni okeru saihō-senseijutsu no yōso: tōzai bunka kōryū ni okeru Bukkyō no yakuwari” 漢字圏の文学における西方占星術の要素：東西文化交流における仏教の役割 [Elements of Occidental Astrology in Literature of the Sinosphere: a Role of Buddhism in Eurasian Cultural Exchange]. Bukkyō bungaku kenkyū 佛教文學研究 19: 85–110.
Yano Michio. Translated by Bill M. Mak. Esoteric Astrology: Japanese Sukuyōdō & Indian Astrology. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 2019. In Brill’s International Journal of Divination & Prognostication 1 (2019): 143–155.