Lina Verchery is a scholar of religion focusing on Chinese Buddhism and an independent filmmaker.
Lina Verchery is an award-winning filmmaker and doctoral candidate in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University. Her research explores Buddhist theories of sociality, moral cultivation, and interspecies ethics in contemporary Chinese Buddhist monasticism in China and throughout the Chinese diaspora. Her areas of expertise include Buddhist Studies, Chinese Religions, Monasticism, Modernity and Transnationalism, Post-humanism, Media Ethnography (Theory & Production), and Religion and Film. Complete CV available by request.
in Buddhist Beasts: Reflections on Animals in Asian Religions and Culture. Reiko Ohnuma and Barbara Ambros, eds. Forthcoming.
"An Alternative to the ‘Westernization’ Paradigm: The Buddhist Conquest of the West and Chinese Global Imaginaires”
in The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective. John S. Harding, Victor Sogen Hori, Alexander Soucy, eds. Forthcoming.
Lectures and Conferences
"The How as the What: Buddhist Studies and Communicating Across Boundaries in the Humanities"
Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies. Baltimore, Maryland.
"Poetry and Religion in Medieval China"
Lecture for World History III: The Rise of the East. Prof. Donald Ostrowski. Harvard Extension School.
"Buddhist Monastic Life: What You Get When You Give Up"
Lecture for Religious Dimensions in Human Experience: Myth, Methods, and Understanding the Sacred Good. Prof. David
Carrasco. Harvard Extension School.
"The Advent and Spread of Buddhism"
Lecture for The Dawn of Civilization. Prof. Donald Ostrowski. Harvard Extension School.
“Zhi Qian, Kumarajiva, and Xuan Zang: Translators and Translation Styles”
Lecture for Vimalakirti Sutra Translation Seminar. Dharma Realm Buddhist University Summer School.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Modernity: Zen in Global and Historical Perspective. Harvard University.
Studying Japanese Religions Through Modern Fiction and Film. Harvard University.
Senior Thesis Supervisor for Harvard College Senior Thesis in Religion Honors Program. Harvard University.
The Religious Traditions of China and the Category of ‘Religion’. Harvard University.
* Teaching Portfolio, including sample syllabi, course evaluations, and statement of teaching philosophy, available by request.
The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經) Translation Seminar. TA for Dharma Realm Buddhist University.
Knowing Animals: Buddhist Resources for a New Interspecies Ethics. Head TA for Professor Janet Gyatso. Harvard University.
Anthropology 1400: Quests for Wisdom: Religious, Moral, and Aesthetic Searches for the Art of Living. Head TA for Professors Arthur Kleinman, Michael Puett, Davíd Carrasco, Stephanie Paulsell. Harvard University.
2017 & 2015
Lina Verchery's documentary, experimental, and educational works explore religion, language, and political and cultural identity.
Lina Verchery's works have been featured in-market at the Cannes Film Festival, the Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, le Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie, the Atlantic Film Festival, Le Festival Interceltique Lorient, le Forum International de la Francophonie à Québec, le Congrès Mondial Acadien, Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Salem Film Festival, Harvard Arts First!, as well as on television networks including the Oprah Winfrey Network, Bravo!, TV5 Monde, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Télévision Radio-Canada, and TV Ontario.
Committee on the Study of Religion, 4th floor Barker Center
12 Quincy street, Cambridge, MA, 02138