Professor of religion and philosophy
Dana Sawyer is professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art and the author of two critically acclaimed spiritual biographies, one of Aldous Huxley and another of Huston Smith.
Early in his career he researched a sect of Hindu swamis descended from the philosopher of Advaita Vedanta Adi Shankara, which brought him to India 13 times, where he often lived in monasteries and meditated with the monks.
In graduate school, his interest broadened to include Buddhist and Zen practices. In 1975 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi made him a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He has written articles on a wide range of topics related to Hinduism, Buddhism, consciousness expansion, and mysticism for academic journals and numerous magazines, including Parabola, Tricycle, and Yoga Journal.
In addition to teaching in academia, Dana leads popular workshops at many centers of psychological, spiritual, and philosophical inquiry, including the Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center.