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Professor for East Asian Religions
Center for Religious Studies / Section Religions of East Asia, Department of East Asian Studies

Office Hours

Wed 16-18 h (during term), or on appointment

Areas of Research

Early Korean Hwaŏm- und Samnon-Buddhism in East Asian Context, Literary and Pragmatic Dimensions of Buddhist Commentaries (especially Writing and Reading as Spiritual Practice), Religious Processes of Transfer (especially “Sinification of Buddhism”, Interdependencies between Buddhism and Taoism / Hsüan-hsüeh, Buddho-Confucian Interactions in Korea).


Plassen, Jörg. 2017. Some musings on changing conceptions of the Way and their impact on early Chan practice. Hōrin 18: 320–338.


Liefke, Lena und Jörg Plassen. 2016. Some new light on an old authorship problem in Huayan studies: the relation between T.1867 and T.1877 from a text-critical and linguistic perspective. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 39: 103–136.
Plassen, Jörg. 2016a. Some further reflections on Hye’gyun's Taesŭng saron hyŏnŭi ki and its place within East Asian buddhism: a note on the explanations of the „Chojang“ formula, and their possible implications. International journal of Buddhist thought & culture 26, Nr. 1: 55–74.
---. 2016b. Some remarks on the Notions of “Freedom” (cbayu) and “Love” (sarang) in Manhae Han Yong-un’s (1879-1944) Nim-ui ch’immuk. In: The dynamics of knowledge circulation: cases from Korea, 65–78.


Akasoy, Anna, Jörg Plassen, Gerhard Endreß, Jörn Müller, Beate Ulrike La Sala, Piero Capelli, Ann Giletti, u. a. 2015. Transcending words: the language of religious contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in premodern times. Hg. von Knut Martin Stünkel und Görge K. Hasselhoff. Bochum: Winkler.
Plassen, Jörg. 2015a. The taoist voice of the Buddhist commentaries?: Some remarks on the influence of the Chuang-tzu on the use of language in Buddhist commentarial literature. In: Transcending words: the language of religious contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in premodern times, 13–26.
---. 2015b. Einige kursorische Bemerkungen zur Frage des Einflusses des Huayan auf den Neo-Konfuzianismus. In: Auf Augenhöhe: Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Heiner Roetz, 383–392.
---. 2015c. Einige Überlegungen zum Wandel der Konzeption des Übungsweges und deren Auswirkungen auf die spirituelle Praxis im frühen Chan-Buddhismus. In: Buddhismus und komparative Theologie, 185–201.


Plassen, Jörg. 2013. Some rather prefatory musings on the role of Dhāraṇī in east asian Hua-yen/Hwaŏm circles and beyond. International journal of Buddhist thought & culture 21: 23–39.


Plassen, Jörg. 2012a. From apologetics to subversion: some initial observations on Sŏlcham’s 雪岑 Chodong owi yohae 曹洞五位要解. In: Zen Buddhist rhetoric in China, Korea, and Japan: [the papers ... are originally based on presentations given at a conference on Zen Buddhist rhetoric in the autumn of 2008 in Norway], 363–377.
---. 2012b. From terms to schemata: some prefatory remarks on a complementary approach to Wŏnhyo’s commentarial practice. 佛敎硏究 36: 109–134.


Plassen, Jörg. 2011. Some musings on metaphoric imagery and the circulation of thought in Early East Asian Hwaŏm / Hua-yen. Kojŏn’hak yŏn’gu 1: 63–90.


Plassen, Jörg. 2010. Exegesis as spiritual practice: the cathartic commentary and the visualizing mode. International journal of Buddhist thought & culture 14: 71–90.


Plassen, Jörg. 2009. Some remarks on the significance of the Taesŭng saron hyŏnŭi ki for the recon­struction of Fa-lang’s (507-581) thought. Critical review for Buddhist studies 5: 117–141.


Plassen, Jörg. 2008a. Mc Bride, Richard D.: Domesticating the Dharma. Buddhist Cults and the Hwaŏm Synthesis in Silla Korea. The journal of Korean studies 13: 115–118.
---. 2008b. Hwa in East Asian Buddhism: once more on the originality of Wŏnhyo’s works. Ch’ŏnt’aehak yŏn’gu 10: 85–126.


Ch’oe, Yeonsik und Jörg Plassen. 2007. On the identification of the Taesŭng saron hyŏnŭi ki as a Buddhist text from Paekche. In: AKSE. 30th anniversary conference, 1977-2007: Proceedings. Dourdan, France, 16-20 April 2007, 55–57.
Plassen, Jörg. 2007a. Entering the dharma-gate of repeated darkening:: towards a reassessment of hwajaeng in its Chinese context. In: Korean buddhism in East Asian perspectives, 213–240.
---. 2007b. Some remarks on the authorship of the Ilsŭng pŏpkyedo. In: Reflecting mirrors: Perspectives on Huayan Buddhism, 261–280.
---. 2007c. The Heirs of Ch’oe Cheu?: Some musings on the early history of democratic thought in Korea. In: Conference aspects of democracy: Preconditions, paths of development and contemporary issues; Berlin, September 21 and 22, 2006, 119–139.
---. 2007d. On the significance of the Taesŭng saron hyŏnŭi ki for research on early Korean Buddhist thought: some initial observations focusing on hwajaeng. Han’guk-sa-yon'gu-hwibo 136, Nr. 3: 29–52.
---. 2007e. Huayan studies in the west: some remarks focusing on works concerning the early history of the tradition. In: Reflecting mirrors: Perspectives on Huayan Buddhism, 1–18.
---. 2007f. Das Kŭmgang sammaegyŏng non (T.1730.34.961a-1008a): Ein sino-koreanischer buddhistischer Kommentar des 7. Jahrhunderts. In: Kommentarkulturen: Die Auslegung zentraler Texte der Weltreligionen; ein vergleichender Überblick, 115–134.


Plassen, Jörg. 2006. Von der Klasse zur Nation: Einige flüchtige Notizen zum Wandel der Gegenwartsideologie der DVRK. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 30: 191–200.


Eggert, Marion und Jörg Plassen. 2005. Kleine Geschichte Koreas. Beck’sche Reihe. Orig.-Ausg. Bd. 1666. München: Beck.
Plassen, Jörg. 2005. Sŭng Tonang (僧 道朗) (a.k.a. Sŭngnang (僧朗), fl. 476?-512) from Koguryŏ and his role in Chinese San-lun. International journal of Buddhist thought & culture 5: 165–198.


Plassen, Jörg. 2004a. Some random (and very preliminar) notes on performative dimensions of Buddhist commentaries written in China and Korea. Asiatische Studien 58, Nr. 3: 597–611.
---. 2004b. Woo, Hai-Ran: Neue Religionen anders verstehen. Das Beispiel des Won-Buddhismus. Spirita: R9–R10. /r04-plassen.pdf.


Eggert, Marion und Jörg Plassen, Hrsg. 2003. The politics of cultural status: ancient and modern reflections on Korea’s role in East Asia. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung. Bd. 27. München: Iudicium-Verl.
Plassen, Jörg. 2003a. Wagner, Rudolf G.: Language, ontology, and political philosophy in China. Wang Bi‘s scholarly exploration of the dark (Xuanxue). Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 27: 286–295.
---. 2003b. Another inquiry into the commentarial structure of Wonhyo’s works: focussing on “Kumgang Sammaegyong non”. In: Proceedings of the 21st conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe: 21st AKSE Conference, Frascati: 9-13 April, 2003.


Plassen, Jörg. 2002. Die Spuren der Abhandlung (Lun-chi): Exegese und Übung im San-lun des sechsten Jahrhunderts. Hamburg: Universität Hamburg.
Yu, Myoungin und Jörg Plassen. 2002. The centres and the periphery: Korea’s cultural status viewed from Buddhist sources until the Koryŏ period. 11. Oktober, B.


Plassen, Jörg. 2001a. Denial and affirmation in Wônhyo’s exegesis. In: History, language and culture in Korea: Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE).
---. 2001b. Forte, Antonino: A Jewel in Indra‘s Net. The letter sent by Fazang in China to Ŭisang in Korea. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 25: 298–300.
---. 2001c. Lehnert, Martin: Die Strategie eines Kommentars zum Diamant-Sûtra. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 25: 301–304.


Plassen, Jörg. 1997. Some problems in understanding Jizang: The Buddha-nature of the insentient. Studies in Central and East Asian religions : SCEAR 10: 1–16.


Breuer, Rüdiger, Stefan Köck, Sven Osterkamp, Alexander Saechtig, Jörg Plassen und Marion Eggert, Hrsg. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung. München: Iudicium-Verl.

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