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Bony Schachter is a Religious studies scholar whose work focuses on Daoism. As the recipient of a generous scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, he studied modern and classical Chinese at Nanjing Normal University as well as read Chinese history, Sanskrit, and Tibetan at Fudan University. Subsequently, Schachter pursued specialized training in Daoism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied under the famous Daoist studies scholar Lai Chi Tim. His PhD dissertation, “Nanji Chongxu Miaodao Zhenjun: The Tianhuang zhidao taiqing yuce and Zhu Quan’s (1378–1448) Apotheosis as a Daoist God,” won the ICS Mok Hing Cheong Postgraduate Scholarship (2018–2019). Prior to joining the Department of Chinese Culture, Schachter served as an Assistant Professor at the Yuelu Academy, Hunan University. His articles have appeared in top sinological journals, including T’oung PaoBulletin of SOASMonumenta Serica, and Daoism: Religion, History and Society

Research interests

Schachter is currently working on several book projects. His first book manuscript examines Zhu Quan’s significance for ritual theory. Other works include the first English translation of the Scripture of the Jade Sovereign (Yuhuang jing 玉皇經) and books about the role of Daoism in Ming politics. Schachter has contributed to several international projects, including the Daozang Jiyao, Chinese Religious Text Authority, and Zhonghua Xu Daozang.


Schachter teaches classes on Daoism, religion, and ritual.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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