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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Religious Studies

Professor Receives Dual Research Grants for 2016-2017

Daniel Stuart has been awarded both a Fulbright Fellowship and an ACLS research fellowship for research with the Goenka Vipassanā movement in the Indian west coast state of Maharashtra as well as in Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Daniel Stuart, professor of South Asian and Buddhist Studies with the Department of Religious Studies, has received a Collaborative Research Fellowship from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. As part of a team of three scholars, Dr. Stuart spent Fall of 2016 and the Spring of 2017 engaged in the project Liberating the Impurities.from the Body: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Somatic Experiences among American and Indian Meditators in the Goenka Vipassana Tradition.

Dr. Stuart also received a Fulbright Fellowship for the Summer and Fall of 2017 to complete his next book, Insight in Perspective: The Fashioning of the Modern Vipassanā Tradition in India. Stuart is currently in India working on this project

Dr. Stuart has spent many years in India and the United States engaged with communities of meditation practitioners who practice according to the teachings of Vipassanā or Insight Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, a student of the influential Burmese lay meditation master Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899–1971).

Stuart spent five months in the state of Maharashtra in the Fall of 2016, three months at Brown University in the Spring of 2016, and is currently back in India continuing his research. He continues to work with Indian Vipassanā teachers and practitioners from all over India, but he is based primarily in the city of Pune, which has a concentration of meditation teachers and practitioners as well as a community of Buddhist Studies scholars at Savitribhai Phule Pune University. In both of his projects, Stuart examines traditions of Insight Meditation practice in relation to traditional Indian Buddhism, Burmese permutations of practice, post-colonial Indian contexts, modern healthcare regimes, and new age cultures.