Faculty

Masaki Matsubara

Visiting Professor


education

M.A., Asian Studies, Cornell University, 2004
Ph.D., Asian Religion, Cornell University, 2009

biography

Rev. Dr. Masaki Matsubara is an eighteenth generation Zen priest in the Japanese Rinzai tradition. Following his Rinzai Zen monastic training at Heirinji Monastery in Japan, Matsubara earned a Ph.D. in Asian Religions from Cornell University with a doctoral dissertation on Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku (2009). Following his doctoral studies, he taught Buddhist Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2013) and was a fellow at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University (2013-14). He was a Visiting Scholar at Cornell’s East Asia Program (2014-2021). Further, he served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department and the Contemplative Studies Concentration (Spring 2020) at Brown University. Currently, he is a Contemplative Mentor in Residence in the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown. Moreover, he serves as a Visiting Professor at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. Recently he
has been assigned as a member of the prestigious Advisory Forum of the KAICIID (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue). He is the abbot of the Zen temple Butsumo-ji in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, traveling between the United States and Japan to lead seminars and retreats. He resides in New York City, New York.

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