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Dr. Thich Hang Dat

Knobview Hall 110
Phone: (812) 225-0228
hthich@iu.edu

Biography

Dr. Thich Hang Dat (Trung Huynh) obtained a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering at the Penn State University, and a Master degree and a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies at the University of the West, California. Currently, he is teaching Buddhism, Buddhist Meditation, Mindfulness Practice, and Asian Religions at Indiana University Southeast, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University Kokomo, and the University of Houston. 

For more information about the teachings of Dr. Thich Hang Dat (Trung Huynh), please visit his personal website: www.thichhangdat.com.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of the West, Rosemead, California, United Sates of America
    • Doctorate Degree, Major in Religious Studies
  • Masters

    • University of the West, Rosemead, California, United States of America
    • Master Degree, Major in Religious Studies
  • Bachelors

    • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Bachelors Degree, Major in Electrical Engineering

Professional Interests

Teaching

My expertise focuses on Buddhist Studies, Zen Buddhism, Buddhist Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation.

Also, I am interested in the implementation of Buddhist Meditation and Compassion in Healthcare since a growing number of medical providers are practicing Buddhist meditation, utilizing innate compassion in coping with burnout, compassion fatigue, and suicide, and teaching their patients those remedies in handling individual physical and mental illnesses.  

Besides, since the focal point of Buddhist psychology and Western psychology is to find effective remedies for the alleviation of human sufferings, distress, and dissatisfactory, I am interest in their parallel analysis of human emotion, cognition, behavior, and psychology. 

 

 

Research

My research interests focus on Buddhist Studies, Mahayana Buddhist Tradition, Zen Buddhism, and Buddhist Meditation.

 

CONFERENCE:

*Co-chair, Buddhist Pedagogy Seminar of the American Academy of Religion, term 2019-2025.

*Paper Presentation, “Advocacy for teaching Buddhism in Public School,” Buddhist Pedagogy section of the American Academy of Religion, November 2019 annual meeting.

*Paper Presentation, “Some Buddhist approaches to ecological issues,” Asian Religions section of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, March 2019 annual meeting.

*Paper Presentation, “The Exceptional Causes of Buddhist Self-Immolation,” Asian Religions section and Religion, Conflict, and Peace section of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, March 2019 annual meeting.

*Panel Presentation, “Eastern Practice of Mindfulness Goes Mainstream,” 34th Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies, Indiana University Southeast, November 20-22th, 2016. 

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Huynh, Trung (Thich Hang Dat). (2021). Advocacy for Teaching Mindfulness Practices and World Religions in Public Schools.. The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching, 2 (1), 175-184.
  • Huynh, Trung (Thich Hang Dat). (2020). Advocacy for Teaching about Buddhism as an Elective Course in Social Studies. The Social Studies Texan, 36 (3), 47-50.
  • Huynh, Trung (Thich Hang Dat). (July, 2013). Why did Ambedkar Choose Buddhism to liberate his depressed classes? Was his failure in politics leading him to Buddhism?. Living in Peace: Insights from Buddhism, NA (NA), 265-283.

Books

  • Huynh, Trung (Thich Hang Dat). (2018). The Early Development of Buddhism in the Red River Delta Basin-Jiaozhi: The Case of a Sogdian-Jiaozhi Buddhist Monk Kang Senghui in Southern China.. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic.
  • Huynh, Trung (Thich Hang Dat). (2016). A reappraisal of Kumarajiva role in medieval Chinese Buddhism.. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic.

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