Tanya Storch is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Pacific in California. She taught Asian religions at several universities, including the University of New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Florida.
- "Tanya Storch's recent book, The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka (Cambria, 2014), focuses on the development of Chinese Buddhist catalogs from their first appearance in the third century to the eighth century, when printed editions of the canon took over the catalog's role of identifying and delimiting the Chinese Buddhist canon. Storch has written this work with two goals in mind, which correspond to two different audiences she is targeting."
In the above text, Storch notes that:
- the early transmissions of Buddhist thought from Central Asia to China were transmitted orally, and then written down in the Chinese language (this was followed by later translations of Sanskrit texts)
- due to the incluence of Confucian texts ("book culture"), the written word was valued more than oral recitation
- the early Chinese Buddhist bibliographers were influenced by the structure of Confucian bibliographies
Storch holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Storch’s publications include:
- The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka, Cambria Press (August 29, 2015)
- Chinese Scrolls; Religions and Missionaries in the Pacific, 1500–1800
- Japan Under Snow; and Mastering the Five Elements
Overall, she has nearly thirty academic and artistic publications in the field of Asian religion and spirituality.
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- An Interview with Dr. Tanya Storch
- Description: In this video, Dr. Storch discusses her acclaimed book, “ The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka.” This book examines the history of compiling Chinese Buddhist sacred canon and makes typologically appropriate comparisons between this and the histories of other canonical collections such as Confucian and Christian. It also looks at Chinese scriptural catalogs in comparison with those by Greeks and Romans.
- 2014 Book Launch: Tanya Storch
- Description: Dr. Tanya Storch (University of the Pacific) speaks about her new book, The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka, at the AAS 2014 annual conference in Philadelphia. The foreword to this book is by Dr. Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).