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AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
- Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion, 1992-present
- Eugene M. Lang Research Professor, Swarthmore College, 1987-1992
- Chairperson, Dept. of Religion, Swarthmore College, 1986-1991
- Prof., Swarthmore College, 1975-present (Acting Chairperson, 1979-80, 1992-93, Spring 1997, 1999-2000)
- Assoc. Prof., Swarthmore College, 1970-75 (Acting Chairperson, 1973-74)
- Acting Assoc. Prof., University of Pennsyvania, 1970-72
- Ass't. Prof., Oberlin College, 1965-70
- Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2002-2004
Hershey Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, Harvard University, 2000-2001
Brown University, "Justice and Compassion in Buddhism and
Christianity," Summer, 1996. NEH Summer Seminar for college teachers
co-taught with Professor John P. Reeder
Numata Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University
of Hawaii, Fall Term, 1993-94
Adjunct Professor of Religion, Temple University, (1992-present)
Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, (1979-1993)
Princeton University, Ph.D., 1967; M.A., 1965; A.B., 1956 (Cum Laude)
Yale University Divinity School, S.T.M., 1963; B.D., 1962
AND PROFESSIONAL OFFICES
Fulbright (CIES) Senior Research Fellowship for a study of the Buddha Image
Consecration Ceremony, Northern Thailand, 1989-90
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994; Fulbright-Hayes Research Fellowship, 1994.
A study of Sacred Mountain Traditions in Thailand and SE Asia.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers,
1998-99. To complete the monograph on Sacred Mountain Traditions in Thailand and SE Asia
Henry Luce Foundation, 2001-2004, in support of a study of Christian Identity in Buddhist Thailand. During this period I shall teach in the Fall at Swarthmore and work on this project the remainder of the year.
Association for Asian Studies, Board of Directors and Southeast Asia Council,
1977-80; Nominating Committee, 1979-80
American Academy of Religion (Vice-President, Middle Atlantic Region, 1971-72)
American Society for the Study of Religion
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (Board of Directors, 1994-1998)
Forum for Religion and Ecology (Board of Advisors, 1998-present)
Religious Pluralism Project (Board of Advisors, 1998-present)
Assistant Editor, Journal of Asian Studies, 1978-80
Editorial Board, Journal of Religious Ethics, 1978-1993
- Editorial Board, Crossroads. An Interdisciplinary Journal of
Southeast Asian Studies, 1988-present.
Consulting Editor, Buddhist-Christian Studies, 1981-present.
Book Review Editor for Southeast Asia, Religious Studies Review,
Editorial Board, Curzon Press, "Critical Studies in Buddhism," 2000-present
- Editorial Board, Journal of Religious Ethics, 1978-1993, 2002-
||Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in
Thailand. Princeton University Press
||Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends. Sommai Premchit and Phaitun Dokbuakaew. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books
||The State of Budhist Studies in the World, 1972-1997. , eds.
K. Swearer and Somparn Promta Bangkok: Center for Buddhist Studies,
||The Legend of Queen Cama. Camadevivamsa [with Sommai Premchit]
Albany: State University of New York Press.
||Secrets of the Lotus: Studies in Buddhist Meditation. Delhi:
Sunil Gupta. Indian edition of the 1971 Macmillan publication with a new
||The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia. Albany: State University
of New York Press.
Articles, Book Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries
"Theravada Buddhist Societies," in Global Religion. A Handbook,
ed. Mark Juergensmeer. Oxford: Oxford University Press
"Aniconism vs. Iconism in Thai Buddhism," in Buddhism and
Modernity, ed. Steven Heine and Charles Prbish. Oxford: Oxford University Press
"In the Presence of the Buddha," in Approaching the Dhamma:
Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and Southeast Asia, ed. Anne M.
Blackburn & Jeffrey Samuels. Seattle: PBS Pariyatti Editions, pp. 91-104
"Buddhism and Abortion," in Socially Engaged Spirtuality: Essays in Honor of Sulak Sivaraksa on His 70th Birthday, ed. David W. Chappell. Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation
||"Phra Dhammapitaka on Buddhism and Abortion," Pannya (Knowledge), 10, no. 47 (Feb-Mar, 2002), pp. 47-51 (Pt. I), 10, 48 (Mar-May, 2002), pp. 51-57 (Pt. II)|
||2001 "Principles and Poetry, Places and Stories: The Resources of Buddhist
Ecology, " Daedalus, 30, no. 4 (Fall, 2001), 225-241
||"Introduction: Issues and Themes in International Buddhist Studies,"
in The State of Buddhist Studies in the World, 1972-1997, eds. Donald
K. Swearer and Somparn Promta. Bangkok: Center for Buddhist Studies, Chulalongkorn
University, pp. Viii-xxv.
"Buddhadasa," in Encyclopedia of Monasticism, ed. William M.
and Claire Rankin. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
"Creating and Disseminating the Sacred," in The Life of Buddhism,
Frank E. Reynolds & Jason A. Carbine. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 26-43.
||"Dhammapitaka on Monks and the Forest," in Socially Engaged Buddhism
for the New Millenium: Essays in Honor of the Ven. Phra Dhammapitaka
Bangkok: Santhirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation and Foundation for Children,
"Center and Periphery: Buddhism and Politics in Modern Thailand," Buddhism
and Politics in Modern Asia, ed. Ian Harris. London: Pinter-Cassell,
1999), pp. 194-228.
"Buddha Loves Me This I Know, For the Dhamma Tells Me So," Journal
of Buddhist-Christian Studies, 19 (1999), 113-120
||"Buddhist Virtue, Voluntary Poverty, and Extensive Benevolence," Journal
of Religious Ethics, 26:1 (Spring, 1998), 71-103
"Buddhism and Ecology: Challenge and Promise," Earth Ethics
10:1pp. 19-22. 1999 "
||"The Worldliness of Buddhism," The Wilson Quarterly (Spring),
"Buddhist Views on Mission and Dialogue: A Response," Journal of
Buddhist-Christian Studies, 17, (1997), pp. 114-117.
"The Hermeneutics of Buddhist Ecology in Contemporary Thailand: Buddhadasa
Dhammapitaka," in Buddhism and Ecology, eds. Mary Ellen Tucker
and Duncan Williams. Cambridge: Harvard University,Press, pp. 21-44.
"Rights Because of Intrinsic Nature or Responsibilities Because of
Mutual Interdependence?." In Buddhist Perspectives on the Earth Charter.
Cambridge: Boston Research Center, pp. 87-91.
||"Bhikkhu Buddhadasa's Interpretation of the Buddha," Journal of
the American Academy of Religion, LXIV/2 (Fall, 1996), pp. 91-114
"Green Theology and Democratic Ecology," Religion & Values in
Public Life (Harvard Divinity School), vol. 4, no. 4 (Summer, 1996),
||Hypostasizing the Buddha: Buddha Image Consecration in Northern Thailand,"
History of Religions, Feb., 1995, pp. 263-280
Buddhism in Practice, ed. Donald Lopez Jr. Princeton: Princeton
(1)"The Seven Abhidhamma Books Summarized" [Abhidhamma Ruam]
(2)"Consecrating the Buddha" [Buddha Abhiseka]
(3)"Bimba's Lament" [Bimba Bilap]
(4)"Meditation' [Bhavana] by Bhikkhu Paññavamsa
(5)"True Giving" [Hai Dana Thi Mai Sia Ngen] by Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
I teach a wide ranges of courses in comparative and Asian religions. My
current major interest is in the field of comparative religious ethics.
My course, Buddhist Social Ethics, and honors seminar, Religious Belief
and Moral Action, are in this area. My major field of research is Buddhism
in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. I've just completed a book on the
Buddha image consecration ritual, and am currently finishing a study of
sacred mountain traditions in Southeast Asia. Another area of interest
is Buddhist-Christian dialogue. My books in this area include Dialogue:
The Key to Understanding Other Religions and For the Sake of the
World: The Spirit of Buddhist-Christian Monasticism that I co-authored
with a former Swarthmore colleague, Patrick Henry. In 2002 I'll begin a
new project in this area that I'm calling, "Christian Identity in Buddhist