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Dr. Lili Zhang

Lili Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religion
Polytechnic Methodist United Church 307

Courses Taught

  • REL 1321 Introduction to World Religions
  • REL 1322 Ways of Being Religious
  • REL 2321 Asian Religions 
  • REL 3322 The Buddha and His Teachings


  • PH.D., Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2005.
  • M.Phil., Department of Religious Studies,  Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2001.
  • M.A.T.S., Theological Studies, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, 1997.
  • M.A., Buddhist Studies, Department of Philosophy, People’s University of China, Beijing, China,      1996.
  • B.A., Department of Philosophy, Beijing University, Beijing, China, 1991.

Personal Interests

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Meditation

  • Book, co-authored with Mark Hanshaw, From West to East: A Comparative Study of the World’s Great Religions, 2nd Edition. Redding CA: BVT Publishing, 2016.
  • Book. Buddhist Logic. Taiwan: Foguang shan wen jiao ji jin hui, 2001.
  • Film, co-produced with Mark Hanshaw, A Day with Tao: The Ritual Life in a Taoist Temple won a silver    annual WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival, 2015
  • “A Sociological Interpretation of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism,” invited to lecture at the      Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China, June 28, 2015.
  • “The Mao Cult” presented in the AAR Southwestern Regional Conference in March 8, 2014.
  • “A Critical Reflection on the Pedagogical Role of Contemplation” presented in the AAR Southwestern Regional Conference in March 15, 2013.