Dr. Daniel E. Perdue
Specialization: Religious Studies
Home institution in US: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Host Institution in India: Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Daniel Perdue is a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Ph.D. program in Buddhist studies. His primary area of specialization is Tibetan Buddhism and his secondary area is Hinduism. His approach to religious studies is mainly philosophical. Dr. Perdue has taught at ten different colleges and universities and is currently at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His Debate in Tibetan Buddhism (Snow Lion Publications1992) opened the door to Tibetan philosophical debate and the vast store of related literature in Tibetan. He has forthcoming in 2012 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate, which is directed toward training readers to develop the analytical skills used in Tibetan style debate. Further research interests include the nature of faith, belief and knowledge in all areas of human spirituality and Asian medical systems.

Over the past thirty years, Western scholars have made considerable progress in the areas of Indian logic and epistemology through exposure to Tibetan scholars who adopted and refined Indian sources. Dr. Perdue’s Fulbright research project, “Developing Analytical Thinking: The G-mang Collected Topics,” will extend that progress through a translation and analysis of The Go-mang Collected Topics, an important Tibetan language sourcebook of Indian-based logic and epistemology. Research in India with qualified Tibetan scholars will allow access to the material far beyond what may be gained by reading alone, for a great deal of the content implied by the text is found only in the oral tradition and that tradition is once again being carried forth in India today.