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Dana Sawyer, Professor and Program Chair

Dana Sawyer

Professor Sawyer teaches courses in philosophy and world religions, with an emphasis on Asian religions. His areas of expertise and research are Hindu asceticism, Tibetan Buddhism, and the perennial philosophy of Aldous Huxley. In recent years, he has been interested in Westerners who have appropriated Asian philosophical principles, which resulted in a biography of Aldous Huxley (Crossroads, 2002), with a focus on Huxley's spiritual development. He is currently writing the authorized biography of Huston Smith, another perennial philosopher, and SUNY Press will soon release a book of Sawyer's analysis of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his influence on American spirituality. Professor Sawyer also teaches meditation and leads trips to India.

Professor Sawyer has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has lectured at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Banaras Hindu University, the University of Riga, Latvia, the Huntington Library, and at colleges at conferences throughout the U.S. In August 2005 he was an invited participant at the Oxford Roundtable, Oxford University, England, for a conference on "Government, Education, and Religion."

He recently contributed an essay to Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon. The essay is an interview with a MECA student. Read it.


Ph.D. candidate, University of Iowa, 1988, Asian Religions and Philosophy
M.A., University of Iowa, 1993, Asian Religions and Philosophy
M.A. University of Hawaii, 1978, Indian Religions and Philosophy
B.A. Western Connecticut State University, 1973, World Literature and Philosophy