Mario Poceski, Assistant Professor at University of Florida, received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from U.C.L.A. in 2000. His research project is Monasticism and Morality in the Chan School of Late Medieval Chinese Buddhism." Before entering graduate school, Poceski left his native Macedonia and spent ten years in Asia as a Buddhist monk. His publications include works on the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Hung-chou School of Ch'an Buddhism.