Wu Yi, now thirty-eight years of age, was originally a native of the district of
Ch'ing T'ien in Chekiang Province in China. He received his B.A. from the
Taiwanese National University for Teachers and Educators in the Chinese Language
Department, and then attended the College of Chinese Culture in the Graduate
School of Philosophy. There he obtained his M.A. and went on to be awarded the
National Literature Ph.D. When he had completed his doctorate, he was appointed
Chairperson of the College of Chinese Culture's Department of Philosophy,
discharge those duties for six years before accepting the post of Chairperson of
the College of Chinese Culture Graduate School of Philosophy for another two
years. During that time he emphasized Chinese Philosophy, and developed the
finest program in Chinese philosophical studies in Taiwan, making that
department a center for teacher training in Chinese Philosophy.
|Professor Wu specializes in the philosophies of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, Ch'an Buddhism, and the history of Chinese philosophy. Besides teaching those subjects, he writes on them extensively. While he was still in graduate school, he regularly furnished philosophical essays to the Taiwanese newspapers. Those articles have been compiled and published in three volumes: Man and the Path, Man and the Bridge, and A Bundle of Straw. He was also the co-author of The Story of Chinese Philosophy along with Professor Constant C.L. Chang. While in graduate school, he concentrated on the study of Buddhist philosophy and Tao-ist thought, and during that time he wrote Ch'an in Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, That Free and Easy Chuang Tsu. He translated his teacher. Dr. C.H. Wu's book|
The Golden Age of Zen
into English from Chinese, and his own Ph.D. thesis was entitled The Philosophy
of Sincerity in the Golden Mean. Lectures he has delivered at several
universities have been collected into the book Lectured Essays in Philosophy.
Professor Wu has recently accepted the post of Chairperson of the Department of Chinese Philosophy and Religion at Dharma Realm Buddhist University in Talmage, California. He wishes, as he says, to plant the seeds of the understanding of Chinese philosophy and religion in Western soil, with the hope that Westerners will tend and irrigate the garden which will then produce the flowers and fruit of all the best in human nature shining forth for humanity.