Shiu, Henry C.H.

Henry Shiu
College: Emmanuel College
Degrees: PhD (Toronto)
Phone: 416-585-4534
Teaching Category:
Regular Tenure Stream
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree
GCTS Associate


Henry Shiu is the Shi Wu De Professor in Chinese Buddhist Studies. He has a keen interest in the study of Mahayana Buddhism in India, China, and Tibet, particularly in the historical and doctrinal studies of the Madhyamaka and Yogacara traditions. His area of research specialization lies in the theory of the tathagatagarbha or Buddha nature. He also has a research interest in contemporary Buddhist movements, Buddhist Chaplaincy, and the development of Buddhism in Canada. He has been teaching at New College for many years, offering a variety of courses from Engaged Buddhism to Buddhist Psychology. In recent years, Shiu has taught courses at Emmanuel College, including Buddhist Contemplative Care, Buddhist Ethics, and Buddhist Meditative Traditions. His recent publication includes an in-depth examination and Chinese translation of the hymns of Nagarjuna.

Besides Buddhist studies, Shiu has also taken on research in Western classical music. Three books on this subject were published by Oxford University Press in Hong Kong.  He is equally enthusiastic in the study of Daoist texts such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, and other Chinese classics like the Yijing (Book of Changes).

  • Specializations

    • Mahāyāna Buddhism (historical, textual, and doctrinal studies)
    • Buddhism in Canada
    • Buddhist Contemplative Care (Buddhist approach to dementia care)
    • Engaged Buddhism
    • Buddhist Chaplaincy
    • Buddhist Liturgy
    • Western Classical Music
  • Publications

    • The Fourfold Environmental Protection Initiative of Dharma Drum Mountain,” in Religions: Special Issue on Buddhism and Other Practices for the Environmental Crisis, edited by Deborah Orr.  Vol. 14, No. 12 (2024).
    • “Beyond Binary Distinctions: Reappraising the Intricate Nature of Apocrypha in the Sūtra of Perfect Enlightenment,” South Asian Journal of Religion & Philosophy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2023).
    • “The Emergence of Buddhist Chaplaincy Training in Ontario, Canada” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Vol. 17, 2022: 138-167.
    • “Chinese Diaspora and Buddhist Women,” in Sailaja Krishnamurti and Becky Lee, eds., Relation and Resistance: Racialized Women, Religion and Diaspora. McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming, 2021.
    • “A Prime Example of Buddhist Architecture in Canada,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Volume 46, Number 2 (2022): 38-59. (joint-authored with James S. Scott)
    • Libeng yue buhuai  禮崩樂不壞 (Music of the Times). Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2023.
    • Zhushen de huanghun  諸神的黃昏 (In Time with the Late Style). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2019 (Joint authored with Leo Ou-fan Lee 李歐梵).