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Ryan BongSeok Joo

Assistant Professor of Asian Religions

Ryan Bongseok Joo, assistant professor of Asian religions, holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (1996), an M.T.S. in the History of Religion from Harvard Divinity School (1999), and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Religion of Princeton University (2007).

A native of Korea, Ryan Joo has studied in China, Taiwan and Japan with funding from the Fulbright-Hays fellowship program, the Japan Foundation and the Center for Chinese Study at the National Taiwan Library. His scholarly interests include medieval Chinese and Korean Buddhism, religion and material culture, Buddhist modernism and transnationalism, and the interaction between religion and state. He is currently working on a book provisionally titled Buddhist Immortals, Eminent Ancestors and Disguised Bodhisattvas: the Cult of Arhat in Medieval China.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies

Recent and Upcoming Courses
Independent Study: Ayurveda as Spiritual Practice (Spring 2014)
HACU-0279: Decoding Zen Buddhism: Philosophy, History and Practice (Spring 2014)
HACU-0232: Asian Spirituality in the West (Spring 2014)
CSI-0310/HACU-0310: Buddhism and Psychotherapy (Fall 2013)


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