Born in Hawai’i, Wendi L. Adamek holds the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the Department of Religious Studies at the Univeristy of Calgary. She has lived in China, Japan, and India, studying and practicing Buddhism. Her award-winning first book, The Mystique of Transmission, explores the world of an 8th century Chan community in Sichuan. She is currently working on a book on a 7th century Buddhist community in Henan and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. Her other interests include writing fiction, Daoism, Buddhist art, forest restoration, and environmental literature. A future book project on environmental and social issues is underway.