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Our Ph.D. program emphasizes the study of Chinese Buddhism, particularly the studies of Chinese Buddhist philosophy and textual discourse.This is an image

As such, it is essential to have not only the proficiency of modern Mandarin Chinese but also the ability to comprehend classical Chinese to  participate in our Ph.D. program.  


**Admission Examination Guidelines:**

**Document Review (30%):**

1. Bachelor's and Master's degree transcripts (one copy each)
2. Master's thesis and relevant works
3. Research proposal for doctoral degree study
4. Two recommendation letters
5. Personal statement of academic interest
6. Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

**Written Exam (30%):**

1. Choice between "English Buddhist Reading Proficiency Test" or "Japanese Buddhist Reading Proficiency Test" (15%)
    (Separate passing criteria apply; applicants not meeting the criteria will not be admitted)
2. History of Buddhist Thought (15%)

**Interview (40%):**


**Ph.D. Admission Exam - Reference Books for Written Exam:** (Updated on May 12, 2022)

1. "English Reading Proficiency":
Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Ed. Robert E. Buswell, Jr.
New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. 2 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Thomson Gale. University of Hong Kong Libraries. May 12, 2005.

2. "History of Buddhist Thought":
     2-1. New Asian History of Buddhism (in Chinese)
     2-2. Akira Hirakawa's History of Indian Buddhism

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Note: Starting from the  academic year 112, the "Japanese Buddhist Reading Proficiency Test" will be added as an option. This means applicants can choose either the English or Japanese test. There are currently no reference books available for the "Japanese Buddhist  Reading Proficiency Test".