Hsuan Chuang University is a non-public Buddhist university in Xiangshan District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan. Founded in 1997 by way of the Ven. Liao Zhong , and named for the Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang, the faculty turned into promoted to college repute in 2004. It gives bachelors and master's degrees, particularly in humanities topics.
A "contest" was held to decide the call of the new college, but none of the masses of entries were ever used.
One name preferred by means of the working group become "Chung Hua University," selected for its loss of explicit Buddhist content. ("Chung Hua" refers to Chinese tradition and/or the Republic of China), but another (non-Buddhist) college venture was discovered to be the usage of this call. "Xuanzang Technical College" become any other running call for the deliberate institution. The school finally opened underneath the name of "Hsuan Chuang College of Humanities and Social Science. However, the name "Hsuan Chuang University" become in use nicely before government approval of its college reputation.
As spelled on all faculty signage, "Hsuan Chuang" follows the Wade-Giles phonetic widespread that would equate to Pinyin Xuán ZhuÇng (but no longer zàng). The character in question, å¥, has pronunciations, one associated with its "certain" form, and the alternative with its unbound and stative-verb form; they have got slightly specific levels of denotations. As a end result, there are, in effect, two exclusive phonetic "interpretations" of the name of the ancient monk alluded to (Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang).
Although based by means of Buddhists, Hsuan Chuang University is widely indistinguishable from different decrease-tier private universities in Taiwan. There aren't any non secular necessities or restrictions (indeed, these would not be allowed by means of the Ministry of Education), and except for a handful of monks and nuns, religion does no longer seem to be an critical issue in attracting college students. It is indicative that the university does currently (April, 2011) serve meat to its college students—indeed, there are no vegetarian options inside the student dining hall. However, the religious research software does have an in depth set of publications on Buddhism, inclusive of specialised publications in,
• Taiwanese Buddhism
• Taoism, Confucianism, and the most important historic schools of Chinese Buddhist notion