Resources for the use of social network analysis in the study of Chinese Buddhist history

Here are some resources for the use of historical social network analysis in the study of Chinese Buddhism. The dataset is the result of two projects. The first was conducted (2007-2012) at the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts (DILA) (formerly called Dharma Drum Buddhist College) and collected relational (and other) data from biographical literature regarding monks, nuns and lay-people, in particular from the following texts: 梁高僧傳, 唐高僧傳, 宋高僧傳, 明高僧傳, 比丘尼傳, 出三藏記集, 名僧傳抄, 補續高僧傳. The bulk of this data concerns persons that lived pre-1000 CE, the marked-up biographies are available here.
A second project at DILA is currently ongoing (2018-2020). Here the emphasis is on post-1000CE data. New data will be created from a variety of sources, especially Hasebe Yūkei's detailed outline of Ming and Qing dynasty monastic lineages (Hasebe Yūkei 長谷部幽蹊. 2008. “Min Shin bukkyō kenkyū shiryō 明清佛教研究資料 (僧傳之部) 1-3.” Tokyo: Manpakuji.).

The data here can be used directly with Gephi and is the basis for an ongoing series of presentations, workshops and papers. There are also samples and use-cases. If you find any errors in the data, or would like to contribute other material towards the use of social networks for the study of Buddhist history, please get in touch.

Marcus Bingenheimer

July 2016 - now



Workshop Material Singapore August 2018:



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