Prof. Christopher Key Chapple

Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in the religions of India, he has published more than a dozen books, including Karma and Creativity (1986), Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Yogadrstisamuccaya (2003), Yoga and the Luminous (2008, winner of Gandhi Prize for Dharma Studies) and several edited books on religion and ecology, including Hinduism and Ecology (with M.E. Tucker, 2000), Jainism and Ecology (2002), and Yoga and Ecology (2009). He serves as editor of the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology and on several advisory boards, including the Green Yoga Association (Oakland), the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale), the Ahimsa Center (Pomona), the Dharma Academy of North America, and the International Summer School of Jaina Studies (Delhi). In 2002 he established the first of several university certificate programs in Yoga Studies. For more information, go to http://myweb.lmu.edu/cchapple and http://extension.lmu.edu/yoga

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Books

Author. Reconciling Yogas.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 2003.

Editor.  Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 2002.

Co-Editor.  Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 2000.

Author. Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1993. International edition, Delhi, Indian Books Centre, 1995.

Co-translator. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: An Analysis of the Sanskrit with Accompanying English Translation. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1990.

Author. Karma and Creativity. Albany: State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 1986.

Compiler. Religious Experience and Scientific Paradigms: Proceedings of the IASWR Conference, 1982. Stony Brook, New York: IASWR, 1985.

Editor. The Bhagavad Gita . Winthrop Sargeant, translator. Second Edition. Albany: SUNY Press, 1984.

Editor. Samkhya-Yoga: Proceedings of the IASWR Conference, 1981. Stony Brook, New York: IASWR, 1982.

Articles, Book Chapters, and Introductions

“Four Recent Books on Yoga,” review essay in Religious Studies Review. Volume 27, Number 3, July 2001.  Pp. 239-242.

“Life Force in Jainism and Yoga.”  In The Meaning of Life in the World Religions.  Edited by Joseph Runzo and Nancy M. Martin.  Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 2000.  Pp. 137-152.

“Centrality of the Real in Haribhadra’s Yoga Texts.”  In Approaches to Jaina Studies:Philosophy, Logic, Rituals and Symbols.  N.K. Wagle and Olle Qvarnstrom, editors.  Toronto: University of Toronto Centre for South Asian Studies, 1999.  Pp. 91-100.

“Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga and the Samkhya System: A Case of Vedantic  Inclusivism?” in Moksha Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1998 (appeared in 1999).  Pp. 11-28.

Yoga-Drishti-Samuccaya (Selection),” in The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice, edited by Georg Feuerstein. Prescott, Arizona: Hohm Press, 1998. Pp. 204-206.

“Haribhadra’s Analysis of Patanjala and Kula Yoga in the Yogadrishtisamuccaya,” in Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History, edited by John E. Cort, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. Pp. 15-30.

“Renouncer Traditions of India: Jainism and Buddhism,” in Ananya: India’s 50 Years of Independence, edited by S.N. Sridhar, Stony Brook, New York: Center for India Studies, 1997.

“Living Liberation in Samkhya and Yoga,” in Living Liberation in Hindu Thought, edited by Andrew O. Fort and Patricia Y. Mumme. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. Pp. 115-134.

“Haribhadra,” “Mahavira,” “Patañjali,” in Great Thinkers of the Eastern World: The Major Thinkers and the Philosophical and Religious Classics of China, India, Japan, Korea, and the World of Islam, Ian P. McGreal, Editor. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Pp. 167-169, 180-182, 211-213.

“Reading Patañjali Without Vyasa: A Critique of Four Yoga Sutra Passages.” In Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Vol. LXII, No. 1, Spring 1994. Pp. 85-106.

“Practice and Dispassion: Patanjali on Meditation.” In Darshan (Nos. 77/78, August/September 1993). Pp. 78-83.

“The Unseen Seer and the Field: Consciousness in Samkhya and Yoga.” In The Problem of Pure Consciousness: Mysticism and Philosophy, edited by Robert K.C. Forman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Pp. 53-70.

“Yoga and Cross Cultural Understanding.” In Religions in Dialogue: East and West Meet. Z. Thundy, K. Pathil, F. Podgorski, editors. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1985, pp. 101-110.

“Introduction and Bibliography.” The Concise Yogavasistha. Swami Venkatesananda, translator. Albany: SUNY Press, 1984.

Citta-vritti and Reality in the Yoga Sutra.” Samkhya-Yoga: Proceedings of the IASWR Conference, 1981. Stony Brook, New York: IASWR, 1982, pp. 103-119.

“Negative Theology of the Yogavasistha and the Lankavatara Sutra.” Journal of Dharma. Vol. V, No. 1 (1981), pp. 34-45.

A full list of Prof. Chapple’s publications can be found here.