R. (Ruixuan) Chen

  • PhD student
  • Buddhist Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4144
E-Mail: r.chen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.03b

Fields of interest

Ruixuan Chen’s research is directed, first and foremost, toward some texts written in a variety of Indian and Central Asian languages with special focus on the transmission of Buddhism, and of a predilection for approaching religious issues from a philological and historical linguistic perspective. In addition, he has an unquenchable curiosity about things Indian and Central Asian that evolve in tandem with the languages, e.g. the history of idea, material culture, rituals etc., while taking a remote interest in the history of Indology and Buddhist Studies in modern East Asia since the 19th century.

PhD research



Ruixuan Chen started learning Sanskrit as a college student whose dream was to become such a scholar of Chinese Literature as Yoshikawa Kōjirō (1904-1980). Soon afterwards he became enchanted with the ancient and medieval Indo-Iranian languages and changed his former plan. Having graduated from the Fudan University in Shanghai, he left for Munich in 2010 and studied Indology and Indo-European Linguistics under the guidance of Prof. Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Prof. Olav Hackstein and Prof. Adelheid Mette at the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität where he obtained his Magister with distinction.
Currently, he is working on a PhD project supervised by Prof. Jonathan A. Silk at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).


  • 2013 Beobachtungen zur Turfan-Chandoviciti. In: Indo-Iranian Journal. Vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 41-60. Leiden: Brill.

  • forth. Zur Vorgeschichte von toch. A kayurṣ, B kaurṣe. In: Historische Sprachforschung (= Historical Linguistics). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

  • forth. Zum Namen der Krankheit, an der ein nackter Asket starb. In: Linguistic Studies of Iranian and Indo-European Languages. Proceedings of the Symposium in memoriam Xavier Tremblay (1971-2011). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

  • forth. A Tocharian Text about Dhutaguṇa. In: Tocharian Texts in Context. Proceedings of  the International Conference on Tocharian Manuscripts and Silk Road Culture. Bremen: Hempen.

  • forth. Eine khotanische Bilingue aus Triratnadāsas Guṇāparyantastotra (together with J.-U. Hartmann). In: Memorial Volume in Honour of Prof. Werner Sundermann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

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