BuddhismBuddhist Life at Gustavus

Buddhist students at Gustavus include those growing up in Buddhist families and students exploring Buddhism for the first time.

Virtual resources:

An excellent resource with daily readings, dharma talks, and even crossword puzzles can be found here.

Campus resources: 

multifaith center

When the Coronavirus crisis has ended, students will once again be welcome to come to the beautiful Bonnier Multifaith Center for personal prayer or meditation whenever it is not in use. 

Courses in Buddhism are offered by Dr. John Cha, Associate Professor in Religion and Japanese Studies. Dr. Cha's teaching and research interests include Buddhist philosophy, comparative philosophy, and inter-religious dialogue, particularly between Buddhists and Christians. Dr Cha is on sabbatical during Academic Year 2020-2021.


Dr. Cha is a resource for students and others who are already Buddhists but see the need for discussion partners, those exploring Buddhism as an alternative religious tradition, and students who are attempting to establish Buddhist forms of meditation practice. 

In addition, students interested in Buddhism are invited to work with Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator in the Office of the Chaplains, and with Abbey Lane, who coordinates the Crossroads Program, to plan educational activities, interfaith discussions, or other programming. 

Students who identify as Asian are welcome to join the Asian Student Union.

 Regional resources can be found here.