Program Participants

Born and raised in Japan, T. James Kodera was educated at Carleton College, Yale University Divinity School, and Columbia University.  He is Professor of Religion and Co-director of East Asian Studies at Wellesley College, and is on the board of Asian Network, a national organization committed to Asian Studies.  He has traveled extensively in Asia and has served twice as visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.  He also serves as Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, MA.

Dr. Kodera’s published works include: “Dogen’s Formative Years in China” (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980).  Currently, he is working on the contribution of the Koreans in early Japanese religious and cultural history; the role of religion in war and peace in modern East Asia.


T. Allen LeVines is an ARC Fellow, composer, conductor, and faculty member at Berklee College of Music.  He was educated at Stetson University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Tanglewood Music Center.  LeVines’ compositions have received numerous awards, including an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award and commissions in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  Much of his music is influenced by Japanese literature, and most often by Japan’s most celebrated poet, Matsuo Basho.

In Japan in 1994 LeVines began researching the feasibility of finding lost sections of Oku-no-Hosoiochi (Narrow Road to the Deep North). The full text of the study is available on-line at

Bijoy Misra received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Poona in India and studied applied mathematics and atmospheric sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He works as a senior scientist with General Dynamics at Lincoln Laboratory of MIT, and is on the Faculty of Computer Science at Harvard Extension School.  His research contributions are in the areas of atmospheric physics, plasma physics, cognitive studies, and space sciences.

Dr. Misra is active in Indian community affairs in Boston, MA.  He is the Convener of the Outreach Committee of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University.  A certified yoga teacher, Dr. Misra is well-versed in Hindu scriptures and yogic literature and is known for his lucid commentary of yogic concepts.  Books he has edited include: “Biography of Sri Prabhuji” and “Sri Krishna Yoga – Lectures by  Swami Sarvagatananda.”

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