Justin R. Ritzinger. Ph.D.


Ashe 505

Office hours: W 10:30am-12:30pm

Justin R. Ritzinger earned his PhD at Harvard with a focus on Chinese Buddhism. His research explores the reimagining of values and ethics in modern Chinese Buddhism inspired by engagement with new ideas and ideologies, especially from the West. He is currently working on a manuscript, entitled "Anarchy in the Pure Land: Tradition, Modernity and the Reinvention of the Cult of Maitreya in Twentieth-Century China," that investigates the incorporation of novel values derived from Western radicalism into Chinese Buddhist moral frameworks through the re-envisioning of ideas and practices surrounding the figure of Maitreya, the next Buddha of our world system. He has also written on a cluster of related issues in modern Chinese Buddhism, including eschatology and views of time, conceptions of social contingency, and responses to Darwinism. Professor Ritzinger regularly teaches Religions of Asia, Chinese Religion, and Introduction to Buddhism as well as more specialized courses on a range of topics in Asian religions, including modernity, social engagement, narrative, ethics, and religious texts. Course offerings include REL 105, One Goal: Transforming the Self in Asian Religions, REL 384, Karma.

Course offerings in Fall 2017: 

REL 105 - One Goal: Transforming the Self in Asian Religions

REL 384 - Karma