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
Areas of Expertise
JPN-399 (Senior Thesis), REL-115 (World Religions), REL-244 (Special Topic: Buddhist Yoga), and REL-355 (Buddhist Philosophy)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|REL-115||World Religions||28||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-235||Zen and Japanese Culture||11||2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA|
|REL-355||Buddhist Philosophy||11||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP|
|FTS-100||First Term Seminar||6||2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA|
|REL-344||ST:Indian Philosophy||5||2013/FA, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP|
|REL-244||Special Topic: Buddhist Yoga||4||2011/FA, 2008/SP, 2004/SP, and 2000/FA|
|NDL-200||Intercultural Issues||3||2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP|
|CUR-399||Senior Seminar||2||2015/SP and 2014/FA|
|REL-216||Buddhist Contemplation||2||2013/JN and 2009/JN|
|REL-125||Sanskrit I||2||2007/FA and 2003/FA|
|IDS-140||Martial Arts Phil/Prac||1||2012/JN|
|IDS-245||India Religion, Culture, and Society||1||2004/FA|
|IDS-243||Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood||1||2004/FA|
|REL-116||Japanese Shingon Buddhism||1||2000/JN|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.