Christopher Chapple

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Christopher Key Chapple is an Indologist and scholar of the renouncing religions of India, namely yoga, Jainism and Buddhism. He is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has written several books on the history and philosophy of yoga, and on the intersection of religion and ecology.[1]


Chapple received his bachelor's degree in comparative literature and religious studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1976. He went on to complete his master's degree in Buddhism (1978) and Phd in history of religions (1980) at Fordham University.[1] He noted in an interview that he initially struggled to reconcile Buddhism's "emptiness" with Yoga's self-realisation, and commented that the Yogavasistha answered the debate on "the tension between emptiness and consciousness in superbly poetic verse."[2]

He has published numerous books and papers on the history and philosophy of Indian religions, and on the intersection of religion and ecology.[3][4]

Chapple advises the International Summer School of Jain Studies, the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale), the Ahimsa Center (Pomona), the Dharma Academy of North America (Berkeley), the Jain Studies Centre (SOAS), the South Asian Studies Association, and International School for Jain Studies (New Delhi). He founded the Masters Program in Yoga at Loyola Marymount University, where he is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology.[1]



  • Karma and Creativity (1986, SUNY)
  • Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993, SUNY)
  • Reconciling Yogas (2003, SUNY)
  • Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali's Spiritual Path to Freedom (2008, SUNY)
  • Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (2020, SUNY)
  • Yoga in Jainism (2015, Routledge)
  • Engaged Emancipation: Mind, Morals and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya/Yogavasistha (2016, with Aridam Chakrabarti, SUNY)

Religion and ecology[edit]

  • Ecological Prospects: Religious, Scientific, and Aesthetic Perspectives (1994, SUNY)
  • Hinduism and Ecology (2000, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Harvard)
  • Jainism and Ecology (2002, Harvard)
  • Yoga and Ecology (2009, Deepak Heritage)
  • In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prthivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda (2011, with O. P. Dwivedi)


  1. ^ a b c "Christopher Key Chapple". Loyola Marymount University. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview with Christopher Chapple". Sutra Journal. November 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Christopher Key Chapple". Google Scholar. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Christopher Key Chapple's research while affiliated with Loyola Marymount University and other places". Retrieved 7 April 2019.

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