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About the founder
Dr. Chanju Mun (Venerable monk Seongwon) is the founded Blue Pine Books in 2004. He received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University
of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002 and a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Seoul
National University in 1991. He has been a researcher at exiled Tibetan Drepung
Monastic University in South India and at the University of Tokyo. His recent
publications include The History of Doctrinal Classification in Chinese Buddhism:
A Study of the Panjiao Systems (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America,
2006), "Tibetan Monastic Education Curriculum and its Theoretical Background"
(Buddhist Soteriology, 2005), "Wonhyo (617-686): A Critic of Sectarian
Doctrinal Classifications" (Hsi Lai Journal of Humanistic Buddhism 6, 2005)
and "Historical Introduction to Minjung Buddhism (Korean Liberation Buddhism)"
(Kankoku bukkyo semina - 9, 2003) and others.
Seongwon left this world of samsara in 2017 but his legacy lives on in his works.
Dr. Ronald S. Green is coordinator of Blue Pine Books. He received a
Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003 and studied with Ven. Seongwon there.
He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Japanese Literature from the University
of Oregon and a Master of Science Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech. In
addition to his interest in Socially Engaged Buddhism, his research focuses on the lives and practices of East Asain Buddhists past and present, Buddhism in Literature and Film, and Buddhism in Popular Culture. He teaches these topics and more at Coastal Carolina University.