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Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Geneva in Switzerland, 1992
Michel Mohr currently serves as Department Chair. His research focuses on Japanese religions, paying special attention to the neglected phases of religious and intellectual history between the eighteenth and twentieth century. Because of his grounding in the study of Indian and Chinese religious traditions, he has a deep interest in nondenominational approaches to religious practice. Born in Europe and having lived almost twenty years in Japan, his inquisitive mind is open to all serious approaches to the true self. Recent publications include the chapters "The Use of Traps and Snares: Shaku Sōen Revisited," in Zen Masters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), “Invocation of the Sage: The Ritual to Glorify the Emperor,” in Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), and the articles “Filial Piety with a Zen Twist: Universalism and Particularism Surrounding the Sutra on the Difficulty of Reciprocating the Kindness of Parents,” in Journal of Religion in Japan 2 (1), May 2013, and “Plowing the Zen Field: Trends since 1989 and Emerging Perspectives,” in Religion Compass 6 (2), 2012. For current research projects and his latest publications in English, Japanese, and French, please consult his personal website.
Some of his journal articles are available from his collection in ScholarSpace, the institutional repository at UHM. See the UH Open Access Policy: http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/about/scholcom/OA-Policy.pdf
See also the collections of digitized primary sources that he maintains in the eVols repository: Works by Shaku Soen and Works by Torei Enji.
Recent Book: Buddhism, Unitarianism, and the Meiji Competition for Universality
More information on the publisher's Website.