Donald W. Mitchell

Department Information

Philosophy // Emeriti Faculty
Religious Studies // SIS // Emeriti Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • Comparative Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religions

  • Selected Publications


    • Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, 2nd ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
    • The Gethsemani Encounter: A Diologue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics.  New York: Continuum Press, 1997.

    Book Chapters

    • “Dialogical Reflections on Christian Prayer and Zen Meditation.” In The Comity and Grace of Method, ed. T. Ryba, G. Bond, and H. Tull, Northwestern University Press, 2004.
    • “A Life Between Two Fires: Chiara Lubich and Lay Sanctity.” In Lay Sanctity, ed. A. Astell, University of Notre Dame Press, 2000.


    • “Masao Abe’s Early Spiritual Journey and his Later Philosophy,” Buddhist-Christian Studies 28 (2008): 107-110. 
    • “Re-Creating Christian Community in an Interfaith Setting,” Buddhist-Christian Studies 23 (2003): 21-32.

    Selected Honors

    • The Roche Chair for Interreligious Research (2005).
    • Luminosa Award for Interfaith Activities (1991).

    Work in Progress

    • Book: Green Monasticism: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Ecology

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