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Charles Prebish

Charles  Prebish


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Charles Prebish was the first holder of the Charles Redd Chair in Religious Studies at Utah State University from 2007 until 2010, and also served as Director of the Religious Studies Program. While at Utah State University, he helped define the Religious Studies major, created the student-run Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, and helped to develop the online course programming in Religious Studies. He came to Utah State University following more than thirty-five years on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University. He now has emeritus status in both universities. He has published two dozen books and nearly one hundred scholarly articles and chapters. His books Buddhist Monastic Discipline (1975) and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America (1999) are considered classic volumes in Buddhist Studies. Dr. Prebish is the leading pioneer in the establishment of the study of Western Buddhism as a sub-discipline in Buddhist Studies. In 1993 he held the Visiting Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary, and in 1997 was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation National Humanities Fellowship for research at the University of Toronto. Dr. Prebish has been an officer in the International Association of Buddhist Studies, and was co-founder of the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion. In 1994, he co-founded the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, which was the first online peer-reviewed journal in the field of Buddhist Studies; and in 1996, co-founded the Routledge "Critical Studies in Buddhism" series. In 2005, he was honored with a "festschrift" volume by his colleagues titled Buddhist Studies from India to America: Essays in Honor of Charles S. Prebish.