Liu Zhen studied Indology, Tibetology and Sinology at Universität-München, Germany from 2001-2008. In 2001 he received his MA with a thesis on The Maitreyavyākarana - A Comparison of the Different Versions with a Translation of the Sanskrit Text. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Meditation and Asceticism - A New Sanskrit Source for the Buddha Legend. He is currently a professor in the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, and Director of the Center for Gandhian and Indian Studies, at Fudan University. His research specialties are Veda and Vedic literature, comparisons between Chinese and Indian literature, Indian Mahā- and Hīna-yāna Buddhism, comparisons of Indian, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist documents, Sanskrit manuscripts and Indian and Central Asian art.