Christopher Key Chapple
Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Department of Theological Studies


Contact Information
Office: University Hall #1840
Office Phone: (310) 338-2846 338-2846
Office Fax: (310) 338-2706



Christopher Key Chapple is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Chapple received his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his doctorate in the History of Religions through the Theology Department at Fordham University. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism for five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the faculty at LMU.

Dr. Chapple's research interests have focused on the renouncer religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism. He has published several books, including Karma and Creativity (1986), a co-translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1991) and Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Hinduism and Ecology (2000), a co-edited volume, Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life (2002) and Reconciling Yogas (2003). 

Curriculum Vitae

Pictures of Christopher in India



  • Ph.D., 1980, Theology, Fordham University, History of Religions Program

  • Dissertation: "The Concept of Will in the Yogavasistha"
  • M.A., 1978, Fordham University 

  • Thesis: "Tson Kha Pa and the Synthesis of Buddhism in Tibet" 
  • B.A., 1976, summa cum laude, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies 


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Articles, Book Chapters, and Introductions

Online Essays

Book Reviews 


Forthcoming Publications

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Additional Conference Participation and Responsibilities


Classes Typically Taught

  • Religions of India (THST 382)
  • Asian American Religions in Los Angeles (HNRS 498)
  • Religions of the Far East (THST 384)
  • Religions of the World (THST 180)
  • Buddhism (THST 398)
  • Comparative Religious Ethics (THST 681)
  • Topics in Comparative Theology (THST 480)
  • Manitou, Mormons, Masala (THST 398/AMCS 398)
  • Comparative Mysticism (THST 682)
  • Religion and Ecology (THST 398/POLS 398)
  • Asian and Pacific Studies Senior Integrating Seminar (ASPA 500)
  • Elementary Sanskrit (CLAS 298)

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