Charles D. Orzech
Assistant professor of Religious Studies, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Co-founder of the Society for Tantric Studies. Publications include: "Seeing Chen-yen Buddhism: Traditional Scholarship and the Vajrayâna in China," in History of Religions 29.2 (1989); "Esoteric Buddhism and the Shishi in China," in Henrik H. Sorensen, éd., The Esoteric Buddhist Tradition, SBS Monographs 2 (1994); '"Provoked Suicide' and the Victim's Behavior: The Case of the Vietnamese Self-Immolators," in Thee Smith and Mark Wallace, eds., Curing Violence (Polebridge, 1994). Translations: "From the Scripture of the Amoghapàsa Dhâranï, the Sovereign Lord of Spells," in Victor Mair, éd., Columbia Anthology of Chinese Literature (forthcoming); "The Legend of the Iron Stupa," in Donald Lopez, éd., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton, forthcoming). Currently completing a study and full translation of the Jen-wang ching titled Signs of Authority: the Scripture for Humane Kings and the Creation of National Protection Buddhism, to be published in the Hermeneutics Series of Penn State Press.