Credentials: Asian Languages and Cultures, PhD
M.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Research Interests: Tiantian Cai is a PhD student in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Madison, she obtained her BA in Chinese Literature from Beijing Normal University and her MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. As a graduate student, Tiantian is interested in Mahāyāna Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, and cultural transmissions. Specifically, her study centers on Yogācāya epistemology and historical traces of Buddhist concepts in religious discourses. She is also looking forward to exploring metaphorical applications in sūtras and visualization practice in meditation.