On October 1, at the age of 69, Kenneth Kraft, a professor of Buddhist studies and author of several books on Buddhism, died.
Kraft received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1971, followed by an M.A. in Asian Language and Cultures from the University of Michigan in 1978, and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton in 1984. Throughout his work, Kraft focused on Buddhism, delving into the budding field of socially engaged Buddhism in the 1980s.
Kraft taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Lehigh University, and served as a visiting professor at Stanford. He sat on the boards of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, the Rochester Zen Center, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
Kraft died at his home in Haverford, PA. The cause of death was cancer.