Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
William Chu completed his PhD in Buddhist Studies from UCLA in 2006. He also received his BA from UCLA, with a major in psychology. Combining his interest in these two fields, he is currently researching Buddhist meditation and psychology. He has two books that are near completion: “A Buddha-Shaped Hole: Spiritual Crises in a Doctrinally-Undermined Chinese Buddhism,” and “A Godless Alternative: Buddhist Cure for Belief and Disbelief.” He has also translated the bulk of the Madhyamagama and substantial parts of the Fayuan zhulin for the Numata Center translation of the Chinese Buddhist canon. Dr. Chu is currently teaching at University of the West, where he holds positions as Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies, Chair of Academic Senate, and Ph.D. Adviser. He also is Chair of the Buddhist Renaissance Foundation.