Nathan Jishin Michon

Nathan Jishin Michon is JSPS Visiting Scholar at Ryukoku University, focused on Buddhist Chaplaincy. Michon received a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and holds an MDiv in Buddhist chaplaincy, an MA in Comparative Religion, and a certificate in Advanced Peace and Conflict Studies. He trained at monasteries in Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, the US, and Japan, where he became ordained in the Japanese Shingon Buddhist tradition. He received a Fulbright to complete his dissertation research in Japan to study the emergence of Buddhist chaplaincy after the devastating 2011 tsunami. His own chaplaincy experience includes assisting disaster survivors and leading training workshops. He lives in Japan.