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Teaching and Research Interests:
I have cross-disciplinary interests in Western philosophy and religion, and in Asian philosophy and religion.
I have conducted field research in India nine times, as well as in Japan, China (PRC), Taiwan (ROC), Thailand, and Burma (Kampuchea). I have led or co-led three undergraduate study programs in India and mentored individual undergraduate research projects in India three times. I was a co-founder and board member of the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India, 1990-2008. I served on the board of ASIANetwork, 1999-2003. I was a founding member of the Saratoga Hospital Ethics Committee, 1984-1988.
2. “Religious Diversity, Hindu-Christian Dialogue, and Bede Griffiths” in Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium of Asian Studies, 1986 (Hong Kong: Asian Research Service, 1987).
3. “Nishitani and Nietzsche on the Selfless Self” in Asian Philosophy, Vol. 4 No. 2, 1994.
4. “Human Insufficiency in Shinran and Kierkegaard” in Asian Philosophy, Vol. 6 No. 2, 1996.
5. “Masao Abe on Negativity in the East and the West” in Donald W. Mitchell (ed.), Masao Abe: A Zen Life of Dialogue (Boston: Charles E. Tuttle & Co., 1998).
6. Book review of The Concept of Bodhicitta in Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara (SUNY Press, 2000) in International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2000.
7. Book review of The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita’s Madhymakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham (Shambhala, 2005) in East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies 6.1 (2006).
Works in Progress:
1.“Jesus Was not a Bodhisattva: Jesus, Shantideva, and the Dalai Lama on Compassion”
2.“Purity and Pollution at the Ganges: The Transcendent and Immanent Goddess”
3. “Transcendence Embodied: Christian Trinity and Buddhist Trikaya”
4. “Buddhist Upaya and Religious Pluralism”