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Charles D. Orzech

His articles and translations have appeared in History of Religions, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Cahiers d'Extreme-Asie, Journal of the International Buddhist Studies Association, Journal of Chinese Religions, and elsewhere. He is author of Politics and Transcendent Wisdom: The Scripture for Humane Kings in the Creation of Chinese Buddhism (Pennsylvania State University Press, Hermeneutics Series, 1998). My primary interests are in cultural contact and interaction and in the fundamental hybridity of human cultural activity. I explore those interests primarily through research on the appropriation and transformation of late Mahayana Buddhism in eighth- through thirteenth- century China. I teach a variety of courses, from introductory Buddhism and Chinese religion to seminars on theories of myth and on semiotics.