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Alexander Leonhard Mayer

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Personal profile

Office Address

E Asian Lang & Cult
707 S Mathews, Rm 3016
608 S Mathews
M/C 146
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

(217) 244-1432

Research Interests

Chinese Buddhism, the intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism, biographical literature and the representation of the person in the 7th century; Chinese Buddhist commentary

Professional Information

Current Projects:

Açvaghosa's Dacheng qixin lun in Fazang's (Tang) and Xufa's (Qing) Interpretation
Chinese Buddhist Sutra Exegesis in Historical Perspective
Kuiji's Commentary Jingang jing Zanshu on the Vajracchedikå-sutra; and Sthiramati's Trimçikå Commentary on "Mere Cognition".


Habilitation, University of Heidelberg, 1999
Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen, 1989
M.A. University of Tübingen, 1985


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Research Output

Tools for the Study of Louis de La Vallée Poussin's Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi: Cheng weishi lun

Mayer, A. L., 2017, Motilal Banarsidass Publishing House. 1901 p. (The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi: A Commentary (Cheng Weishi Lun) on Vasubandhu's Triṃśikā by Xuanzang

Lodrö Sangpo, G. (Translator), Migme Chödrön, G. (Translator) & Mayer, A. L. (Translator), 2017, Motilal Banarsidass Publishing House. 1901 p. (The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin; vol. 1-2)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

Xuanzangs Leben und Werk: Lexikalische Untersuchungen zur uigurischen Xuanzang-Biographie

Mayer, A. L. (ed.) & Röhrborn, K. (ed.), Jan 5 2005, Harrassowitz Verlag. 239 p. (Veröffentlichungen der Societas Uralo-Altaica; vol. 34, no. 8)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

Der Anblick des Berges in den chinesischen Bergmonographien

Mayer, A. L., Jan 1 2003, Erkundung und Beschreibung der Welt. Giesemann, G. & Ertzdorff, X. (eds.). Brill, p. 511-520

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter