Caleb Carter received his BA (2000) in Philosophy from Colorado College and his MA (2008) in Buddhist Studies from UCLA; he is currently preparing for his PhD comprehensives. His main area of study is Japanese religions, particularly Shugendō (Japan’s tradition of mountain asceticism). Other interests include Esoteric Buddhism, combinatory practices, sacred mountains, pilgrimage, Japan’s early modern and modern periods, and Chinese religions. Caleb recently received a Japan Foundation Fellowship to conduct dissertational research in Japan for the 2011–2012 academic year. This research will consider religious life at the mountain site of Togakushi-san from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. When not studying, he’s usually spending time with his family and occasionally out rock climbing or attempting to surf.