Gene Reeves

 Gene Reeves

Address5701 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Professor Emeritus, Meadville/Lombard Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Emory University,
S.T.B., Boston University,
B.A., University of New Hampshire,

Gene Reeves was the head of Meadville Lombard from 1979 to 1988 and Professorial Lecturer in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is now Professor Emeritus. Since 1989 he has been studying, teaching, and writing on Buddhism in Japan. Now a consultant and teacher at Rissho Kosei-kai and the Niwano Peace Foundation, he is retired from Tsukuba University, where he taught for eight years. He is a founder of and currently serves as the Dharma Preacher at the International Buddhist Congregation in Tokyo. He most recent book is an anthology of essays on the Lotus Sutra, A Buddhist Kaleidoscope. He has also translated that Sutra from Chinese to English. A series of articles on the stories in the Lotus Sutra is being published in the magazine Dharma World. As a Buddhist teacher, he frequently gives public lectures in Japan travels often to Singapore, China, Taiwan, America, and Europe to give talks at universities and churches, mainly on the Lotus Sutra.

Before going to Chicago, he was assistant to the President of Wilberforce University in Ohio, where he had been Academic Dean and Professor for several years. He has also been a professor at Tufts University and at Antioch College. Recently he served on the Board of Trustees of the Tokyo Keizai University.

He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Emory University, an S.T.B. in theology from Boston University, and a B.A., with graduate work in psychology, from the University of New Hampshire. He is serving or has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Religion, Process Studies, and The American Journal of Philosophy and Theology, and as advisor to the World Hongming Philosophical Quarterly and Dharma World.

In addition to academic pursuits, he was very active in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 60s and 70s, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, and in Chicago politics with Harold Washington in the 1980s. He is a founder of Zero Population Growth and People for the American Way.

Reeves has also been active in interfaith conversations and organizations, serving as Chair of the Planning Committee for the 1987 Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) at Stanford University, being one of the founders of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and a member of the Board of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. In Japan he has been an advisor to the Japan Liaison Committee of the IARF, a participant in the Religious Summit at Mount Hiei, and in various activities of the World Conference for Religions and Peace.

He is currently married to Yayoi Reeves and has two daughters and four grandchildren from a previous marriage. The oldest daughter is the UU minister, Eva Cameron.

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