University of Washington

Professor Kyoko Tokuno

University of Washington

427 Thomson
Box 353650
Seattle, Washington 98195
Tel: 685-0105


University of Washington:

  • University of Washington, 2008-present : Senior Lecturer of East Asian Religions
  • University of Washington, 2002-2008: Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions;
  • University of Washington, 2001-2002: Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions.

Other Universities: 

  • University of Oregon, 1999-2000: Research Associate, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies;
  • University of Oregon, 1994-99: Assistant Professor of East Asian Religion;
  • University of Oregon, 1992-94: Acting Assistant Professor of East Asian Religion.



  • RELIG 490/590   Special Topics (Religion in Japan; Women in Buddhism; Engaged Buddhism; Religious Syncretism in East Asia; New Religions of East Asia; Skillful Means in Buddhism; Lay Buddhism; Sources of East Asian Religions: Apocryphal Scriptures; Readings in East Asian Buddhist Scriptures)
  • SISEA 445  Religion in China
  • RELIG 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions
  • ASIAN 585  Seminar in Buddhism
  • RELIG 354 Buddhism
  • RELIG 502 Scripture Canon in Asian Religions



  • Ph.D. Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • M.A. Oriental Languages (Chinese Language & Literature), University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • B.A. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • B.A. Oriental Languages (Chinese Language & Literature), University of California, Berkeley, 1977.


    Buddhist texts and culture of medieval China and Japan and their relation to Indian Buddhism; concepts and uses of scripture in East Asian religious traditions; development of Buddhist canon in East Asia. 


  • Byways in Medieval Chinese Buddhism: The Book of Trapusa and Indigenous Scriptures (Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism Series, University of Hawaii Press; accepted for publication);
  • "Is Religious Violence Inevitable?", co-authored with Jim Wellman (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43:3, September 2004;
  • "Catalogues of Scriptures" and "Apocrypha" in Encyclopedia of Buddhism (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003);
  • Book review: The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawaii Press, 1994) by Stephen F. Teiser (Journal of Chinese Religions, 1998);
  • Translation: "The Book of Resolving Doubts Concerning the Age of Semblance Dharma," in Buddhism in Practice, edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995);
  • Book review: The Manuscripts of Nanatsu-Dera (Kyoto: Italian School of East Asian Studies), Occasional Papers 3 (1991) by Ochiai Toshinori (Studies in Central and East Asian Religions 5/6, 1992-93);
  • "Chinese Buddhist Ethics" in A Bibliographic Guide to the Comparative Study of Ethics, edited by John Carman and Mark Juergensmeyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991);
  • "The Evaluation of Indigenous Scriptures in Chinese Buddhist Bibliographical Catalogues" in Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha, edited by Robert Buswell (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990).


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2000
  • CIAC/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Small Grant, 2000
  • Summer Research Award, University of Oregon, 1999
  • Chiang Ching-kuo/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies, 1996
  • Humanities Center Research Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 1994 Summer Research Award, University of Oregon
  • 1994 New Faculty Award, University of Oregon, 1992
  • Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), 1987-88
  • Vera Green Memorial Prize for Excellence in Language (Sanskrit),1 University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Chinese), University of California, Berkeley, 1978-80, 1983-84