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Sarah Hadmack
M.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2005, Religion)
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Sarah Hadmack is a religion lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the religion instructor at Windward Community College. Her research interests include Northern Indian ascetics with an emphasis on Jain sadhvis and samanis, Indian religions' environmental movements, and Indian philosophies grounded in ahimsa as an impetus for further peace studies and social activism. Hadmack is a member of the Academic Council of the International Summer School for Jain Studies. Please contact her if you are interested in studying Jainism in India.

Chanju Mun
Visiting Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (2002, Buddhist Studies)

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Ven. Chanju Mun (Ordination Name: Seongwon) taught East Asian Buddhist Studies at the University of the West in Los Angeles between Summer 2004 and Spring 2007 and is currently teaching Buddhism at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since Fall 2007. 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 in Japan. He recently edited and published four books on Buddhism and peace and wrote and published a book entitled The History of Doctrinal Classification in Chinese Buddhism: A Study of the Panjiao Systems (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2006). He plans to publish three books on modern Korean Buddhism in the near future.

David Panisnick
Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (1975, Philosophy)
(808) 956-5106
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David Panisnick is a professor of Religion at Honolulu Community College. He is also a religion lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he teaches several undergraduate courses. Dr. Panisnick entered post-graduate studies in Religion at the Pacific School of Religion and the University of California, Berkeley prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i in 1975. His current area of specialized interest and research is in the biological and evolutionary origins of religious beliefs and practices.

Jay Sakashita
Ph.D., University of Stirling, Scotland (1998, Japanese Studies)
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An alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i, Jay received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland, where his research focused on contemporary Japanese religions. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals, and books. Jay is also Assistant Professor of Religion at Leeward Community College where he teaches several courses in religion, including those related to Christianity and Japanese religions. He has no hobbies, no time to read books, and absolutely no social life. This is his children’s fault.

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