Robert E. Buswell, Jr.
Robert E. Buswell Jr., Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, is the Irving and Jean Stone Chair in Humanities at UCLA, and the founding director of the university’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. From 2009-2011, he served concurrently as founding director of the Dongguk Institute for Buddhist Studies Research (Pulgyo Haksurwon) at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. He is one of the leading specialists in Korean Buddhism, but is also know for his work in the broader area of East Asian Zen, and Buddhism in general. In addition to his editorial roles in the highly praised reference works, the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Macmillan Reference, 2004), and the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Robert has authored or published more than a dozen monographs, along with scores of articles on Korean and East Asian Buddhism. He has contributed many new terms to the DDB (mainly related to Zen) and has provided many corrections and improvements to pre-existent entries. [2015.11.13]