Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism

Databases (Find Articles and Reports)

National Social Sciences Database 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库 Individual registration required.

A national Chinese database indexing articles in social sciences, including religious studies.

香港中文期刊論文索引 (HKInChiP) Abstract only.

A database which indexes Chinese and Chinese/English journal articles published in Hong Kong.

Chinese Buddhist Canon

Bibliography of Translations from the Chinese Buddhist Canon into Western Languages Abstract only.

This is a working bibliography of translations of Chinese Buddhist texts from the Taishō edition of the canon into Western languages. Some translations of extra-canonical Chinese Buddhist texts are included.

CBETA 中華電子佛典協會

Software for reading and searching through the Chinese Canon.

Digital Database of Buddhist Tripitaka Catalogues 佛教藏經目錄數位資料庫 Mixed abstract and full-text.

A collection of multi-lingual Tripitaka catalogues. "There are 22 editions and about 33,700 catalogs from Chinese Buddhist Tripitaka, including the stone carved "Fangshan Shijing". The Tibetan Buddhist Tripitaka has about 4,569 catalogues, the Pali Tipitaka has 7,003 catalogues of Nikaya and Agama suttas, and there are also Sanskrit catalogs, deriving mainly from the manuscripts found in Central Asia."

WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist texts

"...a comprehensive list of Chinese Buddhist texts. It currently contains 4418 texts by 1513 authors/translators/compilers." -- Introduction.

Chinese Classic Texts

Chinese Text Project

An online digital library that makes pre-modern (pre-Qin and Han, post-Han) Chinese texts available online. Includes annotations, overlayed dictionary entries, references, English translations, and more.


"With MARKUS you can upload a file in classical Chinese (and perhaps in the future other languages) and tag personal names, place names, temporal references, and bureaucratic offices automatically. You can also upload your own list of key terms for automated tagging. You can then read a document while checking a range of reference works at the same time, or compare passages in which the same names or keywords appear." Check its research blog examples of how the data extracted from this tool is used.

Dissertations & Theses

佛教相關博碩士論文提要檢索系統 Abstract only.

Searchable index of Buddhist dissertations from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Reference (Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Bibliographies)

China Biographical Database Project (CBDB)

The China Biographical Database is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information about approximately 360,000 individuals as of April 2015, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries. With both online and offline versions, the data is meant to be useful for statistical, social network, and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. 

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism Select items at the resource for UWest patrons only.

A compilation of Buddhist terms, texts, temple, schools, persons, etc. found in Buddhist canonical sources with indices to other major Buddhist dictionaries. Non-UWest patrons can login with "guest."

The China Historical Geographic Information System

"...a free database of placenames and historical administrative units for the Chinese Dynasties."

佛學規範資料庫 Buddhist Studies Authority Database Project

Cross referencing names of people, places, and time in the Buddhist literature.

Related Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers)

Asian Ethnology Select items at the resource for UWest patrons only.

"...seeks to deepen understanding and further the pursuit of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Asia."

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy For current UWest patrons only. Mixed abstract and full-text.

A journal of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America.

Journal of Chinese Buddhist studies 中華佛學學報

"...a scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods."

Journal of Chinese Religions For current UWest patrons only. Mixed abstract and full-text.

Journal for the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions.

The Eastern Buddhist Select items at the resource for UWest patrons only. Mixed abstract and full-text.

"...carries articles on all aspects of Buddhism as well as English translations of classical Buddhist texts and works by modern Buddhist thinkers."

Citing with Chicago Manual of Style

Quick Guide on Citation Style for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Sources

This guide from Yale gives an overview of how to cite Chinese, Japanese and Korean sources in Chicago style.