TING Jen-Chieh is an Assistant Research Fellow in the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Ting graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology Department in 1997, specializing in Social Psychology and Sociology of Religion. His dissertation is a case study of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Association, one of the most fluorishing Buddhist movements in Taiwan. Later, his interests moved to the study of new religious phenomena in modern Taiwan, especially concerning the dynamics of syncretism, spiritualism, charity, and local leadership under Chinese cultural context. Studies cover various modern religious organizations and movements, such as the Tzu-Chi Association, Ching Hai Association, True Buddha Association, this-world Buddhism, and some folk collective trance movements, etc. At HYI his project was on both the Falun Gong overseas and the organization of Scientology.