Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu

Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in metropolitan Atlanta. Trained as a modern Chinese intellectual historian, she teaches Asian history and philosophy, including Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. A longtime student of Buddhism, she has benefited from studying and practicing under such masters as Thich Nhat Hanh, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, and more recently, Phakchok Rinpoche. Recipient of a Contemplative Curricular Development Fellowship from Naropa University (where she met her husband Alan Pope, also a Samye Instructor), Shu-chin is a rare historian who designs and implements contemplative courses such as Zen and Creativity, and Contemplative Japan. In addition to contemplative education, her present academic research focuses on Chinese and Tibetan independent films. Shu-chin currently serves on the editorial board of Lhasey Lotsawa Translations and Publications and facilitates the Dharma-stream group in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.