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J.F. Marc des Jardins, PhD

Associate Professor, Religions and Cultures

J.F. Marc des Jardins, PhD
Office: S-R 205 
R Annex,
2050 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5732

J.F. Marc des Jardins joined Concordia in 2005 as Assistant Professor after completing a postdoctoral degree on Conflict Resolutions at the Institute of Asian Research at The University of British Columbia.  He teaches courses on the various Buddhist traditions (Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and South Asian) as well as Chinese Popular Cults, Daoism and Tibetan religions. His research focuses on the Tibetan Bön religion and local societies and he has been actively engaged in field-based research along the Sino-Tibetan borderlands since 1991. Dr. des Jardins combines anthropological field methods with textual analysis and historiography. He has recently published a monograph entitled Le sûtra de la Mahâmâyûrî: rituel et politique dans la Chine des Tang (618-907) (Presse de l'Université Laval 2011) which is a study and translation of a key Chinese Buddhist grimoire important in the history of esoterism in Buddhism. In this work, he illustrates how Chinese indigenous cultural and political traditions were highly compatible with the Buddhist ritual traditions of Medieval India.

In 2011, Dr. des Jardins was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, and is currently working on different translation and research projects on the indigenous Bön Research which seeks to promote and support scientific research on indigenous Tibetan cultural and social traditions.


PhD (McGill University)

Research interests

Tibetan Bön, (its history, practices, beliefs, scriptures and religious lineages)
Tibetan Religions and Society
Chinese Daoism and popular cults along the Sino-Tibetan frontiers
Western China history, societies and religious minorities



Courses taught


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES(selection) all taught at Concordia University unless stated

RELI 226Introduction to Buddhism

RELI 349 Religionsof China and Japan

RELI 350 TheravadaBuddhism

RELI 364 MahayanaBuddhism

RELI 385 Women andBuddhism

RELI 398J ChineseBuddhism

RELI 398F Religionand politics in China

RELI 398R ChineseReligions

RELI 398P TibetanReligions

RELI 398Z Religionsof Japan

HIST 378  History of China; from antiquity to theend of the Tang dynasty (The University of British Columbia)

HIST 3350  China in the Twentieth Century: Reformsand Revolutions (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)



RELI 616R The GreatPerfection in Tibetan Buddhism

RELI 498/616TChan/Zen Buddhism

RELI 617 Religionsof Tibet: Advance topics

RELI 630/498 Daoismand Chinese Popular Religions: Advanced topics

RELI616P/498H Advanced Topics in Mahayana Buddhism

RELI 616BMeditation practice in East Asia

RELI616K Readings of Mahayana texts : The Yogacara Samdhinirmocana sutra andits

commentaries (Chinese and Tibetan)

RELI498D/616Z Seminar on Tibetan Bön Religion

RELI498E 616W Scriptures of the Numinous : Readings of Daoist Scriptures

Selected publications

Recent graduate seminars and reading courses

Scripts of the Numinous: Religous Taoist Texts (2010-11)
Chan/Zen Buddhism (2009-10)

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