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Yu Bai

PhD candidate

Y. Bai
+31 71 527 6362

Research Project

Yu Bai is a PhD student for the European Research Council project, “Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures,” under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan A. Silk.

About Yu Bai

Growing up in a family in which Buddhism and Chinese folk religion coexist, Yu Bai (Chi. 白宇) used to have strong opinions on Buddhism during his youth, and instead grew a strong interest in Christian theology. In college, he also became fascinated by Buddhism, and resolved to continue his studies in this religion. Yu finished his master in Transcultural Studies in Heidelberg under the guidance of Prof. Michael Radich, and received training in Tibetan Studies in Hamburg with Prof. Dorji Wangchuk. His MA thesis, “The Messiah’s Dharma: A Transcultural and Philological Approach to the Zhi xuan an le jing,” reconciles his interests in Buddhism and Christianity.

Currently, Yu is working on three sūtra-s on women (the Sumatidārikā-paripr̥cchā, Aśokadatta-vyākaraṇa, and Vimaladattā-paripr̥cchā) of the Mahāratnakūṭa.


  • 2016-2018: MA Transcultural Studies (with a focus on Buddhist Studies), passed with distinction (“sehr gut”), Heidelberg University
  • 2017: Visiting Student, Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Hamburg University
  • 2012-2016: BA (Hons.) Contemporary English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University

Language Skills

  • Mandarin, Cantonese
  • English, French, Italian, German
  • Classical Tibetan, Sanskrit, Classical Chinese

See also: Academia.edu

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 006b


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