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Page Title:   John Cha, Associate Professor of Religion
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Professor John Cha
Associate Professor of Religion and Director of International Education ( B.A., Quincy College, 1986; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern, 1992, 1997). Cha teaches in the areas of Indian Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Contemporary Japanese philosophy/Buddhism, and World Religions. His teaching and research interests include Western philosophy (phenomenology), inter-cultural communication, comparative philosophy, and inter-religious dialogue (primarily Buddhist/Christian dialogue). Recently, Cha has presented on "Reflecting Reality: Critical and Foundational Aspects of Indian Yogacara Epistemology" at the American Academy of Religion National Conference (AAR) in Toronto; "Causality and Its Cessation: The Process of Purification in Classical Indian Yogacara Thought." at the 2nd Annual conference of the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP), Gustavus Adolphus College; "The Problem of Identity and Difference in Indian Yogacara Conceptions of Reality: Emptiness According to the Madhyanta-vibhaga and its Indic Commectaries." at the 1st Annual conference of the ISBP, Luther college. Cha's most recent publication is entitled "Language Conceptualization and Awakening: On the Paradox of Discourse in Classical Indian Yogacara", Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, Vol 2 No. 3, 2001.
Contact Information:

John Y. Cha
Office of International Education
800 West College Avenue
Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN

Office: (507) 933-7545
Fax: (507) 933-7900
E-mail: jcha@gustavus.edu

Courses Taught:

  • REL 115 World Religions
  • REL 125 Sanskrit I: Introduction to Classical Sanskrit
  • REL 235 Zen and Japanese Culture
  • REL 355 Buddhist Philosophy

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