Christopher Key Chapple grew up in the western New York countryside. At the age of eighteen he joined Yoga Anand Ashram, a mediative community on Long Island, where he trained in classical Yoga for over twelve years. Simultaneously, he studied Tibetan and Sanskrit at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he majored in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies. He completed his doctorate at Fordharn University in New York City under the guidance of Thomas Berry, Jose Pereira, and John Chethimattam. For five years he served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions at SUNY Stony Brook, where he also taught Sanskrit and Asian religions. In 1985 he joined the faculty of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he currently serves as Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Asian and Pacific Studies Program. Dr. Chapple has published ten books, including several on Indian thought. In the area of ecological studies, he has published Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Ecological Prospects (1994), Hinduism and Ecology (2000), and the forthcoming Jainism and Ecology (2001). The latter two volumes are being distributed by Harvard University Press as part of the activities of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, for which Dr. Chapple serves on the advisory board.
This lecture is third in a series funded by CMC alumnus, L.J. Kutten '74. A vegan dinner will be served.