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Paul Crowe

Guest researcher

Dr. P.B. Crowe
+31 71 527 2727

Dr. Crowe is a visiting scholar in the Institute for Philosophy. He served as chair for the Department of Global Humanities (2017-2020), and as director of the David Lam Centre, a research centre with an Asia focus (2008-2015) at his home institution, Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver British Columbia. His research includes a focus on "golden elixir" alchemy traditions spanning the Song and Yuan dynasties. He has also conducted research into Buddhist and Daoist institutions in Canada and Hong Kong.

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Fields of interest

  • Song and Yuan Daoists
  • Daoist, Buddhist and Literati interactions during the Song and Yuan
  • Chinese religions, migration, and identity
  • Spirit-writing altars (Hong Kong and Canada)
  • Comparative philosophy


Dr. Crowe's currently preparing the first translation of the Qing'an yingchan zi yulu 清庵瑩蟾子語錄 (Recorded Sayings of Master Qing’an yingchan), a six-scroll Yuan dynasty inner alchemy (neidan 內丹) text included in the Daoist Canon and compiled by disciples of Li Daochun 李道純 (d. 1306). The text is dated to 1288 and represents a significant development in the history of Daoist insights into self-cultivation, and intellectual history more broadly, drawing as it does on Chan Buddhist literature, and that of the Tang (618-907) and Song dynasty Ru literati.

Curriculum vitae

University of British Columbia: 2005 PhD, Asian Studies (First Class).

University of British Columbia: 1997 MA, Asian Studies (First Class)

University of Calgary, Religious Studies: 1993 MA, Religious Studies

University of Calgary: 1988 Double Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Key publications

Clart, Philip and Paul Crowe. Eds. The People and the Dao: New Studies of Chinese Religions in Honour of Daniel L. Overmyer. Institut Monumenta Serica. New York: Routledge, 2009.

“What are “Daoist” Virtues? Seeking an Ethical Perspective on Human Conduct and Ecology.” In Ecological Virtues. , eds. Heesoon Bai and David Chang. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2020.

“Buddhisms in Diaspora: The Canadian Context of Chinese Buddhism.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press. November 2019. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.596.

“Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Transpacific Scriptures from Lü Dongbin 呂洞賓
.” In Trans-Pacific Mobilities: The Chinese and Canada. Ed. Lloyd Wong. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.

“Nature, Motion and Stillness in Li Daochun’s Vision of the Three Teachings.” Republished in Critical Concepts in Religious Studies: Taoism. Ed. Russell Kirkland. New York: Routledge, 2015.

“Dharma on the Move: Vancouver Buddhist Communities and Multiculturalism.” In Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada. Eds. Victor Sōgen Hori, John Harding, and Alexander Soucy. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.

“Dao Learning and the Golden Elixir: Shared Paths to Perfection.” Journal of Daoist Studies 7 (2014): 88-116.

“Amitābha’s Birthday and Liberation of Life.” In Studying Buddhism in Practice. Ed. John Harding. New York: Routledge, 2012: 130-141.

“Response to Armour’s Paper: ‘Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities.’” Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Dec. 2012): 571-579.

“Universal Buddhist Temple
世界佛教會: Embracing Myriad Dhārmas.” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 6 (2010): 89-115.

“Chinese Religions in British Columbia.” In Asian Religions in British Columbia. Eds. Donald Baker, Larry DeVries and Daniel L. Overmyer. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010.

"Daoist Heritage Today" in The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations. Second Edition. Eds. Peter Clark and Peter Beyer, London: Routledge, 2008.

“Chaos: A Thematic Continuity Between Early Taoism and the Way of the Golden Elixir.” In Purity of Heart and Contemplation: A Monastic Dialogue Between Christian and Asian Traditions. Eds. Bruno Barnhart and Joseph Wong. New York: Continuum, 2001.

Guest researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number NVT


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