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Shi Wu De Assistant Professor in Chinese Buddhist Studies 

BA Department of Religious Studies, University of Toronto
MA Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
PhD Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto


Tel.: 416-585-4534

Teaching and Research Interests

Henry Shiu has a keen interest in the study of Mahayana Buddhism in India, China, and Tibet, particularly in the historical and doctrinal studies of the Madhyamaka and Yogacara traditions. His area of research specialization lies in the theory of the tathagatagarbha or Buddha nature. He also has a research interest in contemporary Buddhist movements, Buddhist Chaplaincy, and the development of Buddhism in Canada. He has been teaching at New College for many years, offering a variety of courses from Engaged Buddhism to Buddhist Psychology. In recent years, Shiu has taught courses at Emmanuel College, including Buddhist Contemplative Care, Buddhist Ethics, and Buddhist Meditative Traditions. His recent publication includes an in-depth examination and Chinese translation of the hymns of Nagarjuna.

Besides Buddhist studies, Shiu has also taken on research in Western classical music. Three books on this subject were published by Oxford University Press in Hong Kong.  He is equally enthusiastic in the study of Daoist texts such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, and other Chinese classics like the Yijing (Book of Changes).  

Selected Publications


Libeng yue buhuai 禮崩樂不壞 (Music of the Times). Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2023. 

Zhushen de huanghun 諸神的黃昏 (In Time with the Late Style), co-authored with Leo Ou-fan Lee.  Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Longshu zange ji miyi 龍樹讚歌集密義 (The Hymns of Nāgārjuna).  Taipei: BuddhAll Publications, 2015.

Putixinshi miyi 菩提心釋密義 (A Study of Nāgārjuna’s Bodhicittavivaraṇa).  Taipei: Buddhall Publications, 2015.

Yaoyue zhi le: Bahe Guodebao bianzouqu de yishu 樂樂之樂:巴赫〈郭德堡變奏曲〉的藝術 (J.S. Bach, Joy of Man’s Desiring: The Art of the “Goldberg Variations).  Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2014.


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“The Emergence of Buddhist Chaplaincy Training in Ontario, Canada” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Vol. 17, 2022: 138-167.

“A Prime Example of Buddhist Architecture in Canada,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.  Volume 46, Number 2 (2022): 38-59.  (joint-authored with James S. Scott)

“Chinese Diaspora and Buddhist Women,” in Sailaja Krishnamurti and Becky Lee, eds., Diaspora, Religion, and Women: Canadian Experience Forthcoming.  

“Non-Substantialism in New Confucianism: Mou Zongsan and the Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy (volume 38, issue 2, 2011): 223-237.

“Buddhism After the Seventies,” in John Harding, Victor Sogen Hori and Alexander Soucy, eds., Wild Geese: Studies of Buddhism in Canada.  Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2010: 84-110. 

“Buddhist Animal Release Practices: Historical, Environmental, Public Health and Economic Concerns,” (with Leah Stokes), in Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2008): 181-196.

“The Polarity In the Two Trends of Practicing Tibetan Buddhism in Hong Kong,” in Monica Esposito, ed., The Image of Tibet in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Paris: EFEO, L'image du Tibet aux XIXeme-XXeme siecles, 2008: 11-36.

Other publications 

Documentary Film, Buddhist Voices of Two Cities, Los Angeles and Toronto: The Toronto Chapter (funded by the Wabash Digital Salon Grant)

Other Information

Guest Editor, Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies: A Special Issue on ‘Applied Buddhism,(co-edited with Sarah Haynes), Vol. 17, 2022: 1-341. 



  • American Academy of Religion
  • International Society for Chinese Philosophy
    Canadian Society for the Study of Religion
  • International Association of Buddhist Studies
    The Association for Asian Studies


Selected Courses

  • EMT 1620HF History of Buddhist Traditions
  • EMT 1631HF Foundational Tenets and Practices of Buddhism
  • EMT 26311HS Buddhist Ethics