Steven Heine

Steven Heine (born 1950), is a scholar in the field of Zen Buddhist history and thought,[1] particularly the life and teachings of Zen Master Dōgen (1200–1253). He has also taught and published extensively on Japanese religion and society in worldwide perspectives. He was the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to Japanese Studies.[2][non-primary source needed]

Steven Heine
Steven Heine
EducationB.A. at the University of Pennsylvania
M.A. and Ph.D. at Temple University
OccupationProfessor of Religious Studies and History
Director of Asian Studies
EmployerFlorida International University
OrganizationAsian Studies Program
Known forStudies in Zen Buddhist history and thought

Teaching and research careerEdit

Heine lectured at Villanova University in Religious Studies from 1982 to 1987. In 1987, he became an Assistant Professor of Religion at La Salle University and taught there until 1991 when he moved to Penn State University and became an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. He left Penn State University in 1997 to work as director of Florida International University's Asian Studies Program.[3] Since his arrival at FIU, Heine has expanded Asian Studies and helped facilitate its growth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program also has an extensive outreach component. He is editor of the Japan Studies Review and a review editor for Philosophy East and West.[4]


Dogen Studies

  • A Blade of Grass: Japanese Poetry and Aesthetics in Dogen Zen (Peter Lang Publishing, 1989, ISBN 978-0-8204-0627-5)
  • Did Dogen Go to China? What He Wrote and When He Wrote It? (Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-530592-0)
  • Dogen and Soto Zen (Oxford University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0-1993-2486-6)
  • Dogen and the Koan Tradition: A Tale of Two Shobogenzo Texts (SUNY, 1993, ISBN 978-0-7914-1773-7)
  • A Study of Dogen: His Philosophy and Religion (SUNY, 1991, ISBN 978-0-7914-0838-4)

History and Thought of Zen Buddhism

  • Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening the Sword at the Dragon's Gate (Oxford University Press)
  • From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-01-9063749-1)
  • Like Cats and Dogs: Contesting the Mu Koan in Zen Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-19-983730-4)
  • Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters (Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-517434-2)

Asian Religion in Contemporary Culture: East & West

  • Bargainin' For Salvation: Bob Dylan, A Zen Master? (Continuum, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8264-2950-6)
  • Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-986144-6)

Co-Edited Series with Dale S. Wright


  1. ^ Yu, Jimmy (September 2011). "Contextualizing the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Chan/Zen Narratives: Steven Heine's Academic Contributions to the Field". Religious Studies Review. 37 (3): 165–176. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2011.01523.x. ISSN 0319-485X.
  2. ^ "Curriculum Vitae | Asian Studies Program" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Welcome - Asian Studies Program". Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Courses Taught | Asian Studies Program".

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