Robban Toleno

Robban Toleno holds a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He researches the premodern history of Chinese religion and society, with particular emphasis on food and nourishment in Chinese Buddhism. His recent project uses a tenth-century Buddhist encyclopedia, Yichu's Shishi liutie, to investigate how religious attitudes influenced cultural patterns of eating in China, and vice versa. He also has projects on Buddhist involvement in premodern medicine and on questions surrounding the relative longevity of premodern Chinese Buddhists in comparison with the base population. His annotated translation "Buddhist Method as Medicine: The Chan Materia Medica and its Ming-Dynasty Elaboration" is scheduled for inclusion in a volume on the history of Buddhism and Healing, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2017. From 2016 to 2018 he is in residence at Columbia University as Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism.