Bernard Faure holds the Kao Chair in Japanese Religion at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D (Doctorat d'État) from Paris University in 1984, after studying for six years at the Jinbun of Kyoto University under the direction of Professor Yanagida Seizan. He is interested in various aspects of East Asian Buddhism, with an emphasis on Chan/Zen and esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyō). His work, influence by anthropological history and cultural theory, has focused on topics such as the construction of orthodoxy and heterodoxy, the Buddhist cult of relics, iconography, sexuality and gender. His current research deals with the mythico-ritual system of esoteric Buddhism and its relationship with medieval Japanese religion. He is presently working on a four-volume project on Japanese Gods and Demons. The first two volumes, The Fluid Pantheonand Protectors and Predators, appeared from the University of Hawai'i Press in 2015.