Revisioning Karma–The eBook

About the Editors

Dale S. Wright is David B. and Mary H. Gamble Distinguished Professor of Religion at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is author of Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism, and coeditor with Steven Heine of The Koan: Text and Context in Zen Buddhism, The Zen Canon: Textual Foundations of Zen Buddhism, Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism, and Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice.

Charles S. Prebish holds the Charles Redd Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Utah State University. Previously, he taught at the Pennsylvania State University for 35 years. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and more than fifty refereed articles and chapters. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Journal of Global Buddhism. Between 1996 and 2006 he was the coeditor of the Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism series which has published more than sixty titles on various aspects of Buddhism. He was an officer in the International Association of Buddhist Studies and co-founded the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion. He has held the Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary and a Rockefeller National Humanities Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He was recently honored by his colleagues with a festschrift volume titled Buddhist Studies from India to America: Essays in Honor of Charles S. Prebish.

Damien Keown is Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London. With Charles S. Prebish he was the founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series. He has authored and edited many works on Buddhist ethics including The Nature of Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Bioethics, Buddhism and Abortion, and Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction.

About The Authors

Martin T. Adam received his PhD from McGill University in 2003. He is presently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Some of his recent articles have appeared in Buddhist Studies Review, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, and Journal of Contemporary Buddhism. His studies have included extended periods in India and Nepal.

Barbra Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Eastern Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where she resides with her husband and daughter. She is co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and author of Moral Theory in Santideva’s Sikssasamucaya: Cultivating the Fruits of Virtue (London: Routledge, 2006).

Bradford Cokelet is currently a visiting instructor at Middlebury College, and plans to defend his dissertation, “Virtue, Rational Agency, and Respect for Persons,” at Northwestern University in Spring 2008. His primary research areas are Moral Philosophy and the History of Ethics.

Christian Coseru is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. His major area of research is Classical Indian theories of perception and the contemporary reception of the Dignaga-Dharmakirti school of Buddhist logic and epistemology. His other research interests include Continental Philosophy and Crosscultural Hermeneutics, with specific reference to Hellenistic and Classical Indian philosophical traditions. He is the author of journal articles including “The Continuity Between the Madhyamaka and Yogacara Schools of Mahayana Buddhism in India” and “An Essay on the Ascension of the Soul in Neoplatonism.”

Jim Deitrick received his Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Humanities and World Cultures Institute at the University of Central Arkansas. His research focuses on Western engagements with Asian religious and philosophical traditions and works to understand the ways in which Westerners are transforming these traditions for their own Western contexts.

Peter Hershock is Coordinator of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His primary research focuses on the relevance of Asian philosophical perspectives in addressing contemporary issues. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); and Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007).

Whitley R. P. Kaufman is Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His areas of teaching and publication include ethics, religion, and law.

Jessica L. Main is Ph.D. candidate at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), in the Asian Religions program. Currently, she is at Otani University (Kyoto, Japan) as a research student to complete work on her dissertation. Her area of specialization is Theravada and Japanese Buddhist ethics and law. Her dissertation work concerns the history of anti-discrimination and human rights movements in Japan and the Shin Buddhist sects (Otaniha and Honganjiha), 1868 to the present.

Eric Sean Nelson is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and has taught at the Universities of Memphis and Toledo. He is especially interested in the moral dimensions of phenomenology and Buddhism, and has published articles on ethics, religion, and socialpolitical theory in European and Asian thought. He is also the coeditor of Addressing Levinas (Northwestern University Press, 2005) and Rethinking Facticity (SUNY Press, 2008).

Abraham Velez was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and did his PhD (Universidad Complutense, 2001) on the doctrine of non-self in the Pali Nikayas under the guidance of Raimundo Panikkar and with Luis O. Gomez (University of Michigan) as external examiner. He emigrated to the USA in 2002 and after four years at Georgetown University, Theology department, he is now assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Brian Victoria is director of the Buddhist Studies in Japan program at Antioch College, and a visiting professor of Japanese Studies. He received his doctorate in Buddhist studies from Temple University, and is the author of the highly respected book Zen at War, which explores the involvement of Buddhists in the Japanese Army before WWII. He is a fully ordained Zen priest and social activist.

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