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Born in Ružomberok (Slovakia), 17 March 1970.

Graduated from the Faculty of Letters and Arts at the Comenius University in Bratislava (1994).

Ph.D. degree received from Charles University in Prague (2000), thesis subject Recorded Sayings of Master Dongshan Liangjie (洞山良价禪師語錄).

Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (since 1994) , Head of the Department (since 2013).

She took a position of Professor at the Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu (2005) and Numata Chair Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna (2020).

Her main research topics are intellectual history of China, especially the impact of Buddhism on modern Chinese thought, legacy of Lin Yutang and Qian Zhongshu.

Main publications:

Benická, Jana. “The Theory of the Non-sentient Beings Expounding Dharma in Chinese Buddhism.” The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, Number–3, 2002, p. 1–33.
Benická, Jana. “Xin as a ‘Qualitatively Equal’ Co-Constituent of Phenomena in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism: Some Remarks on its Interpretations by Using the Terms of Western Philosophical Discourse.” Monumenta Serica, Vol. 54 (2006), p. 185–194.
Benická, Jana. “(Huayan-like) Notions of Inseparability (or Unity) of Essence and Its Function (or Principle and Phenomena) in Some Commentaries on ‘Five Positions’ of Chan Master Dongshan Liangjie // Hamar I., ed. Reflecting Mirrors: Perspectives on Huayan Buddhism. Harrasowitz, 2007, p. 243–251.
Benická, Jana. “Distant Journeys and Roaming into Immortality, Or: There is No Better Place than Earth.” At Home in Many Worlds: Reading, Writing and Translating from Chinese and Jewish Cultures (Veröffentlichungen des Ostasien-Institus der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Band 56). Findeisen R.D., Gad C.I., Katz-Goehr A, Pines Y., Yariv-Laor L., eds. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009, s. 179–188.
Benická, Jana. “Lin Yutang as an Advocate of the ‘Discursive Classical Chinese’ (yuluti) Language Register.” Studia Orientalia Slovaca, 11/2 (2012): 225–238.
Benická, Jana; Hubina, Miloš. “Discourse on a White Horse—A Problem of Inherency?” Talking Literature. Essays on Chinese and Biblical Writings and Their Interaction (Veröffentlichungen des Ostasien-Institus der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Band 65), Findeisen R.D., Slobodník M., eds. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag, 2013, p. 11-30.
Benická, Jana, “‘Pigdin English’—Its Perspectives as Seen by Lin Yutang in the 1930s.” Studia Orientalia Slovaca, 14/2 (2015): 133–148.
Benická, Jana, “Liang Qichao (1873–1927) on New Literature, Political Novel and Buddhism.” Studia Orientalia Slovaca, 17/2 (2018): 69-85.



Benická J. Chan Buddhism and Huayan: Yongjue Yuanxian (1578-1657) on the Five Positions” (wu wei) Theory of Dongshan Liangjie // Written Momuments of the Orient [Письменные памятники Востока], 2(9), 2008. P. 243-255.

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