Daniel Getz

Daniel Getz

Associate Professor

    Bradley Hall 277
    (309) 677-2435


Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University
M.A., Philosophy, National Taiwan University
B.A., Philosophy, Maryknoll College


Daniel Getz came to Bradley in 1992 after graduate study at Yale University in Chinese Buddhism and East Asian religious traditions. Dr. Getz teaches courses in world religions, the religious traditions of India, China, and Japan, and Western Civilization. In his courses, Dr. Getz situates the development of religious traditions within the historical context of civilization and explores the ways in which religion has influenced and has been shaped by the intellectual, political, social, economic, and linguistic forces within civilizations. At the same time, Dr. Getz is committed to promoting Bradley University’s broader offerings in Bradley’s Asian Studies program, particularly those related to the study of China.  His research in the field of East Asian Buddhism addresses the development of the Tiantai and Pure Land traditions during China’s Song dynasty.


  • RLS 101 – Comparative Religion
  • RLS 331 – Religions of the Eastern World
  • RLS 336 – Buddhism and Asian Civilizations
  • RLS 338 – China: Religion and Culture
  • RLS 340 – Japan: Religion and Culture
  • CIV 101 – Western Civilization to 1600


  • Buddhism in the Song, co-edited with Peter Gregory (University of Hawaii, 2000)
  • "Popular Religion and Pure land in Song Dynasty Tiantai Bodhisattva Precept Ordination Ceremonies," in Going Forth: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya (University of Hawai’i Press, 2005)
  • "Shengchang and the Pure Land Patriarchate," in The Cult of Amitabha (University of Hawai’i Press, 2003)
  • "T'ien-t'ai Pure Land Societies and the Creation of the Pure Land Patriarchate," in Buddhism in the Sung (University of Hawai'i Press, 1999)