John Cha


Associate Professor in Religion and Japanese Studies

Cha's teaching and research interests include Buddhist philosophy, Indian intellectual history, comparative philosophy, and inter-religious dialogue (primarily Buddhist/Christian dialogue).

Cha has recently presented the following papers: "Buddhist Intellectual History at the Crossroads of Theory" at the The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities; "Reflecting Reality: Critical and Foundational Aspects of Indian Yogācāra Epistemology" at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting; "Causality and Its Cessation: The Process of Purification in Classical Indian Yogācāra Thought" at the 2nd Annual conference of the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP); "The Problem of Identity and Difference in Indian Yogācāra Conceptions of Reality: Emptiness According to the Madhyanta-vibhaga and its Indic Commentaries" at the 1st Annual conference of the ISBP.

Cha's most recent publication is "Language Conceptualization and Awakening: On the Paradox of Discourse in Classical Indian Yogācāra", Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, Vol 2 No. 3, 2001. At Gustavus since 1997.


B.A., Quincy College, 1986; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern, 1992, 1997

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-115World Religions312016/FA, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
REL-355Buddhist Philosophy132016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
REL-235Zen and Japanese Culture122016/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
REL-344ST:Hindu Philosophy62016/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar62012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
REL-244Special Topic: Buddhist Yoga52015/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/SP, 2004/SP, and 2000/FA
NDL-200Intercultural Issues32006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP
JPN-399Senior Thesis22016/SP and 2015/FA
CUR-399Senior Seminar22015/SP and 2014/FA
REL-216Buddhist Contemplation22013/JN and 2009/JN
REL-125Sanskrit I22007/FA and 2003/FA
PHI-344ST:Hindu Philosophy12016/SP
IDS-140Martial Arts Phil/Prac12012/JN
REL-135Sanskrit II12008/SP
REL-200Indian Philosophy12008/JN
IDS-247Liberation Movements12004/FA
IDS-246Global Development12004/FA
IDS-245India Religion, Culture, and Society12004/FA
IDS-243Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood12004/FA
REL-137Sanskrit Language12003/JN
REL-245Mahayana Buddhism12002/JN
REL-116Japanese Shingon Buddhism12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.