John D. Dunne

Distinguished Professor of Contemplative Humanities

(608) 262-3352

1230 Van Hise Hall

Office Hours: Monday, 11:00-12:00


Sanskrit, Tibetan

Areas of Expertise:

Buddhist Philosophy and Contemplative Practice, Religious Studies Cognitive Science, Contemplative Research


Ph.D, Harvard University (1999)

Research Interests:

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 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

Selected Publications:

In press. Wielgosz, J., S.B. Goldberg, T.R. Kral, J. Dunne & R.J. Davidson. “Mindfulness Meditation and Psychopathology.” Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

In press. Fucci, E., O. Abdoun, A. Caclin, A. Francis, J. Dunne, M. Ricard, R.J. Davidson, & A. Lutz. “Differential Effects of Non-Dual and Focused Attention Meditations on the Formation of Automatic Perceptual Habits in Expert Practitioners.” Neuropsychologia

In press. Dunne, J. “Innate Human Connectivity and Śāntideva’s Cultivation of Compassion.” In Readings of the Bodhicaryāvatāra. Edited by J. Gold and D. Duckworth. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

In press. Dunne, J. “Reflexivity in Buddhist Epistemology: Implications for Cooperative Cognition.” In Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life. Edited by H Tsoukas. et al. Perspectives on Process Organization Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

2018. Condon, J., J. Dunne & C. Wilson-Mendenhall. “Wisdom and Compassion: A New Perspective on the Science of Relationships.” Journal of Moral Education

2016. Dunne, J. “Comments on Waking, Dreaming, Being by Evan Thompson.” Philosophy East & West.

2015. Lutz, A., A. Jha, J. Dunne, & C. Saron. “Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective.” With A. Lutz, C. Saron & A. Jha. American Psychologist

Selected Books:

2018. With Daniel Goleman. Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence: The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

2015. With Christian Wedemeyer and Tom Yarnall. In Vimalakīrti’s House: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert A. F. Thurman on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. New York: The American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University.

2004. Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, T.J.F. Tillemans, Series Editor. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 086171184X.

Selected Courses:

In Fall 2019, Prof. Dunne will again be teaching a course on the Science and Art of Human Flourishing.

In addition to developing curricular material on flourishing and well-being, Prof. Dunne regularly teaches courses on Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, and contemplative practice. he also teaches advanced courses in Sanskrit and Tibetan language.