José Cabezón | Cabezón is the Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies and Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds one of only three endowed chairs in Tibetan Buddhist Studies in North America. Over the span of his long career, some of his work has interrogated some of the basic categories of the field, including theology. He contributed a chapter on Buddhist Theology in the Academy to Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, a collection of critical essays on the emerging field published in the year 2000. Dr. Cabezón was President of the American Academy of Religion in 2020.
Chenxing Han | Han is the author of the widely reviewed Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists, and the forthcoming one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care, both with North Atlantic Books. She is a regular contributor to Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and other publications, and a frequent speaker and workshop leader at schools, universities, and Buddhist communities across the nation. Her work focuses on Buddhist communities in the United States and on Buddhist Chaplaincy, a specific manifestation of Buddhist theological work. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a certificate in Buddhist chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California.