John D. Dunne
Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion; Contemplative Science
Ph. D. 1999, Harvard University
Center for Healthy Minds Distinguished Professor in Contemplative Humanities
Personal website: http://www.johnddunne.net
John Dunne's work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science. His publications range from technical works on Buddhist epistemology to broader works on the nature of Buddhist contemplative practices such as Mindfulness. He speaks in both academic and public contexts, and he occasionally teaches for Buddhist communities, most notably the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. In addition to serving as a faculty member for the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, he is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where he has previously served on the Board of Directors. Dr. Dunne also serves an academic advisor for the Ranjung Yeshe Institute.
2004. Foundations of Dharmakīrti’s Philosophy. Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, T.J.F. Tillemans, Series Editor. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 086171184X. (467 pages)
1997. The Precious Garland: An Epistle to a King—A Translation of Nāgārjuna’s Text from the Sanskrit and Tibetan. With Sara McClintock. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0861711327 [Limited edition prepared for a public event at the University of California–Los Angeles]. Revised edition forthcoming in Classics of Indian Buddhism Series.
In Fall 2017, Prof. Dunne will be teaching a course on the Science and Art of Human Flourishing. In Spring 2018, he will be offering a lecture course on mindfulness.
2015. “Mindfulness: Frames and Choices.” With Anne Harrington. American Psychologist [appearing October, 2015].
2015. “Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective.” With A. Lutz, C. Saron & A. Jha. American Psychologist [appearing October, 2015].
2015. "Buddhist Styles of Mindfulness: A Heuristic Approach." In Handbook of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation, edited by B. Ostafin, B. Meier & M. Robinson. New York: Springer.
2014. What is Inner Science? In In Vimalakīrti’s House: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert A. F. Thurman on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Edited by C. Wedemeyer, J. Dunne and T. Yarnall. New York: AIBS/Columbia University Press.
2011. Toward an understanding of non-dual mindfulness. Contemporary Buddhism 12/1: 71-88.
2011. Madhyamaka in India and Tibet. In Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy. Edited by J. Garfield and W. Edelglass. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2011. Key Features of Dharmakīrti’s Apoha Theory. In Apoha: Buddhist Nominalism and Human Cognition,edited by M. Siderits, T. Tillemans and A. Chakrabarti. New York: Columbia University Press.
2010. Compassion, Knowledge and Power: A Tibetan Approach to Politics and Religion. In Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State. Edited by L. Kaplan and C. Cohen. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: 341-362.
2008. Attention Regulation and Monitoring in Meditation. With A. Lutz, H. Slagter, and R.J. Davidson.Trends in Cognitive Science 12/4: 163-169.
2007. Meditation and the Neurosciences of Consciousness: an Introduction. With Antoine Lutz & Richard J. Davidson. In Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Edited by E. Thompson, M. Moscovitch & P.D. Zelazo. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 497-550.
2006. Realizing the Unreal: Dharmakīrti’s Theory of Yogic Perception. Journal of Indian Philosophy 34/6: 497–519.
1999. On Essences, Goals and Social Justice: an Exercise in ‘Buddhist Theology.’ In Buddhist Theology. Edited by R. Jackson and J. Makransky. Surrey, England: Curzon Press: 275–292.
1996. “Thoughtless Buddha, Passionate Buddha. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 64/3: 525–556.