Jeffrey Dippmann
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Since arriving at Central Washington University in 2000, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous students in Religious Studies and Philosophy who have both challenged and inspired me. As a result of their enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity, I have been fortunate enough to offer courses in Daoism, Buddhism, and special topics in areas such as comparative monasticism and the roots of religious violence and its nonviolent alternatives.

Through CWU's Office of International Studies, I have also been able to co-direct a variety of short-term study-abroad programs, including trips to China's sacred Buddhist mountain Emeishan, and sites in Cambodia (Angkor Wat) and Vietnam.

My teaching and research interests primarily lie in Chinese religions and philosophy. My most recent project resulted in the publication of Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic, co-edited with Ronnie Littlejohn (Belmont University) and slated to appear in paperback in January 2012. Current projects include an analysis of the Daoist conception of human rights and the self as portrayed in the Taiping ching, and the notion of liminality in the lives of Daoist nuns.

I am also actively engaged in the area of comparative religion and philosophy, with conference presentations slated for 2012 on Steven Burik's analysis of Daoism in his recent The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking: Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism, and Keiji Nishitani's role in fostering inter-religious dialogue through his essay "What is Religion?"

My interests in comparative studies is also reflected in numerous course offerings at CWU, including the Spring 2012 RELS 376 (Contemporary Religious Thought), where we will examine a variety of comparative perspectives on the body and world religions. Topics will include the embodiment of religious truths and practices, dietary regulations, our relationships to animals, asceticism, and self-flagellation and "burning for the Buddha," among others.

Riding the Wind with Liezi
New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic

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Contact Information:
Office phone: 963-1830
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
LL 337C, 400 E University Way
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA, 98926