Carl Becker received his MA and PhD in Comparative (East-West) Philosophy from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii in 1981, after studying in Canada, India, and Japan. Subsequently he taught at the Southern Illinois U, and Japan's National Osaka, Tsukuba, and Kyoto Universities. Dr. Becker is Professor of Religions and Bioethics at Kyoto University, researching terminal care and medical ethics. He conducts workshops on improving medical communication and preventing nurse burnout. He has won awards for his studies on Out-of-Body Experiences and Cross-Cultural Understanding of death and dying.
His English books include At the Border of Death: A Japanese Near-Death Experience (Tokyo: Yomiuri, 1992), Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death (Albany: SUNY, 1993), Breaking the Circle: Death and Afterlife in Buddhism (Carbondale: SIU, 1993), Asian and Jungian Views of Ethics (Westport: Greenwood, 1999), and Time for Healing (St. Paul: Paragon House, 2003).
Director, Japan Mind-Body Science Assn.
Director, Intl Soc for Life Information Science
Director, Japan Bioethics Association
Trustee, Japan Assn. for History of Psychiatry
Director, Japan Assn. for Study of Religion
Director, Japan Natural Healing Assn.
Editorial Reader, Mortality and Near-Death Studies
Member, MENSA, and New York Academy of Sciences