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I am professor of comparative philosophy of religion (since 2021). From 2012 to 2021 I was professor of Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with other world views. Since 2023 I am the MA programs director at the Faculty of Religion and Theology. I lead the research group Transformations of Religiosity.

Apart from my academic activities, I am also a Zen teacher at Zen in Baarn (see


From 2013 to 2018 I was project leader on an NWO-funded research project on multiple religious belonging. My current research focuses on the encounter between non-Western spirituality and Western modernity. On this topic, my most important publications have been Enlightenment Blues: My Years with an American Guru (2003); Goeroes en charisma: het riskante pad van leraar en leerling (2006); Nietzsche and Zen: Self-overcoming without a Self (2011); Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age: Charles Taylor and Zen Buddhism in the West (2020), Transforming Buddhism (2021; co-editor with Paul van der Velde and Tristan Letzer) and Ayahuasca as Liquid Divinity: An Ontological Approach (2023).


I teach or have taught the following courses:

- History of world philosophies
- Comparing theologies and philosophies of religion
- Spirituality Today
- Niets worden en niets weten: on Christian and Buddhist mysticism
- Mindfulness
- New religious movements
- Multiple religious belonging

Ancillary activities

  • Zen in Baarn | Baarn | Directeur/eigenaar | 2018-02-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
  • Buddhism
  • Ayahuasca
  • Spirituality
  • Zen
  • Nietzsche
  • Latour
  • Dogen


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