The Bodhi Lectern
THE EMINENT PROFESSOR LO
--By Bhiksu Heng Kuan
|Professor Irving Yucheng Lo(), who recently joined the Vajra Bodhi Sea staff as Advisor, is a native of China. The breadth of his education and travels is remarkable. After graduating from St. John's University in Shanghai, China, he earned a Masters Degree from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from Wisconsin.|
Subsequently he taught at
Stillman College in Alabama, Western Michigan University, and the University of
Iowa. He is currently a Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and
Literatures at Indiana University.
Among Professor Lo's publications, the most important is a series of translations and commentaries on the life and works of the famous Sung poet Hsin Ch'i-chi. He is currently compiling an anthology of heretofore-untranslated Chinese poetry. Commenting on his work and its usefulness, in a letter to Vajra Bodhi Sea the Professor wrote:
Active toilers for Faith and Poetry, each in his own way, not only give meaning to existence but also create a bond among men and cultures. By profession and interest I labor along the periphery; and I will be happy to share with you whatever training I have received in language and literature. I look forward to seeing more of your translations. Poetry, as you must know, can also serve as handmaiden of faith. The needs of the world cry out to be answered, and one who toils with a pen (or typewriter) performs a duty as important as one whose hand lifts a rafter.
Bodhi Sea is pleased to welcome Professor Lo to the staff, and hopes to benefit
from his criticism in the future.
Watch for “The Ten Dharma Realms are Not Beyond a Single Thought,” a gatha (Buddhist poem) composed by the Venerable Master Hua to commemorate the opening of Hung Fu Temple, in forthcoming issues of VBS.