Adamek 2020

Dr. Wendi Adamek

Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies
Pronouns: She, hers. I support non-binary usages.

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-3073

Preferred method of communication


Educational Background

B.A. International Relations, Stanford University, 1981

Doctor of Philosophy Religious Studies, Stanford University, 1998

M.A. Asian Studies, Stanford University, 1981


Wendi L. Adamek is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary and holder of the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies. Her research interests include medieval Chinese Buddhism and living systems theory. Her most recent book Practicescapes and the Buddhists of Baoshan (University of Hamburg Press) centers on a 6th-7th-century community in north-central China. Previous publications include The Mystique of Transmission: On an Early Chan History and its Contexts (AAR Award for Excellence in Textual Studies, 2008) and The Teachings of Master Wuzhu (Columbia University Press Asian Classics Series, 2011). Born in Hawai’i, she earned her degrees at Stanford University and has held research fellowships at Kyoto University (BDK, Fulbright), Peking University (NEH, Fulbright), the Stanford Humanities Center, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. 


Areas of Research

Buddhist Studies, Cultural Studies

East Asian Buddhism, living systems theory, process philosophy, phenomenology, food and soil sustainability studies, permaculture, contemplative studies, dialectical practice in therapeutic modalities

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
RELS 360 Buddhist Practice Traditions Fall 2023
RELS 313 Introduction to Buddhism: Philosophy Winter 2024
RELS 440 Religion and Economic Systems Winter 2024
RELS 603/703 Studies in Eastern Religions: Religion and Economic Systems Winter 2024


  • Residence Fellowship, Calgary Institute for the Humanities. 2018
  • Grand Prize, Subul Scholarly Awards, University of California, Los Angeles. 2018
  • Residence Fellowship, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. 2015
  • Residence Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. 2009
  • Award for Excellence in Textual Studies, American Academy of Religion . 2008
  • Research Fellowship, Fulbright (CIES, China). 2004
  • Research Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities. 2000
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Foundation. 1994
  • Research Fellowship, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Society for the Preservation of Buddhism). 1992
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Fulbright (IIE, Japan). 1990


  • Practicescapes and the Buddhists of Baoshan. University of Hamburg Press. (2021)
  • The Mystique of Transmission. Columbia University Press. (2007)
  • The Teachings of Master Wuzhu. Columbia University Press. (2011)
  • Kunlun. New Wuxia Press. (2014)