George Keyworth received his PhD in 2001 from UCLA with a focus in Chinese Buddhism. He lectured at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 2001-2003 and was Assistant Professor there from 2003 until 2006. He subsequently left Boulder to conduct research in Japan, and now lectures in Chinese Religions at the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently working on the topic of Spells and Zen Buddhism (in China and Japan), especially the Spell of the White Canopy of the Buddha's Sinciput (Ch. Baisangai foding zhou, Jpn. Byakusangai bucchōju 白傘蓋佛頂呪, Skt. Sitātapatra-buddhôṣṇīṣa-dhāraṇī) from the Chinese Śūraṃgama-sūtra (Shoulengyan jing, T. 945). His book manuscript, Transmitting the Lamp of Learning in Zen Buddhism, is currently under review with Oxford University Press.