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About Christopher Key Chapple

Christopher Key Chapple is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Chapple received his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his doctorate in the History of Religions through the Theology Department at Fordham University. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism for five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the faculty at LMU. He co-founded LMU’s program in Asian and Pacific Studies, chaired the Department of Theological Studies for five years, and served as Associate Academic Vice President for four years. In 2002, he established the Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program through LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality.
Dr. Chapple's research interests have focused on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism.



Research Interests

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  • Religions of the World (THST 180)
  • Religions of India (THST 382)
  • Religions of the Far East (THST 384)
  • Buddhism (THST 384)
  • Hindu and Jaina Theology (THST 498)
  • Manitou, Mormons, Masala (THST 398/AMCS 398)
  • Religion and Ecology (THST 398/POLS 398)
  • Comparative Religious Ethics (THST 681)
  • Comparative Mysticism (THST 682)
  • Indic Traditions: Vedanta and Yoga (THST 698)
  • Elementary Sanskrit (CLAS 298)

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Phone: 310 338 2846
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