Jed Forman

Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Epistemology, Cognitive Science of Religion, Phenomenology
Currently Abroad
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Jed Forman received his undergrad in philosophy from Tufts University with a special certificate for additional studies in Ethics, Law, and Society. There he was awarded a grant to work with the R.F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation to develop ethical investment guidelines for the Norweigan Petroleum Fund as well as published an entry on “Objectivism” in the Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development under SAGE publications. He also received the Dance Studies Award given to one graduating senior from the dance department. After college, he had a successful seven-year career as a computer programmer and street dancer, performing and teaching in New York, LA, and internationally. Jed received his M.S. with distinction in Kinesiology and Dance from California State University Northridge in 2014. He thereafter returned to his interest in Buddhist philosophy. Since beginning the religious studies doctoral program at UCSB, Jed has been awarded the Professor R. Ninian Smart Memorial Award: Excellence in Philosophy of Religion by the department and given several presentations at major conferences both in the U.S. and internationally. He recently co-translated the Victory through the Ultimate Dharma Sutra for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha and is currently working on another grant with the team to translate another sutra. He is a co-author on an in-progress book project with the Yakherds concerning the epistemology of Taktsang Lotsāwa. His research interests include Buddhist epistemology, the cognitive science approach to religion, and phenomenology. He currently lives in Varanasi, India on both Fulbright and American Institute for Indian Studies grants conducting his research on yogic perception.