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I am sharing this sad news as it seemed a lot of people at AAR had not heard this. Daniel E. Perdue passed away last week after an illness. As many of you know, Dan was a leading scholar on Tibetan Buddhist debate, a popular professor, and a Fulbright recipient. Dan earned his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Virginia, where he studied basic debate procedures under Lati Rinpoche, Denma Lochö Rinpoche, and Kensur Yeshi Thupten. Perdue followed up on his study of Buddhist debate in America with travel to Geshe Rabten's Tharpa Choeling Monastery in Switzerland and the four main Gelukpa monasteries reestablished in India. Subsequently, he wrote a dissertation on Tibetan Buddhist debate with thesis director Professor Jeffrey Hopkins. After graduating, he furthered his understanding of Buddhist debate with nearly three years of additional research with Tibetan scholars exiled in India. Perdue has taught the procedures and topics of Buddhist debate at numerous colleges including Antioch University's Program in Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India; Virginia Tech; North Carolina State; Sweet Briar College; Washington and Lee University; the College of William and Mary; James Madison University; and Virginia Commonwealth University as well as at Buddhist centers in America and Europe. He was a board member of the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies. Proper obituaries which detail Dan's career and life appear here: http://bit.ly/1bj7rKA and here: http://bit.ly/1bj6PEy. His first book, Debate in Tibetan Buddhism, was a landmark book on the subject. His second book, The Course on Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources, will be released in March. Dan worked on - and completed - the finishing touches of this book until his last days. Dan was an extremely popular professor. He was able to offer a very complex subject to a heterogeneous undergraduate student body, many of whom were there because of his reputation. In one of the dozens of glowing reviews of his classes, one student wrote, "This professor transformed my understanding of how much a class in college can positively impact both my academic and personal life. Academically, I felt renewed motivation to succeed, both in his class as well as ALL my other classes. Personally, I have learned things that were directly applicable to living a life which is happy and fulfilled". Nikko Odiseos President Shambhala Publications 300 Massachusetts Avenue | Boston, MA 02115 | o: 617-424-0030 x238 firstname.lastname@example.org ********************************************************************** H-Buddhism (Buddhist Scholars Information Network) Web Site: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism Posting Guidelines: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism/posting_guidelines.html Account Handling: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-buddhism Bibliography Project: https://www.zotero.org/groups/h-buddhism_bibliography_project/items H-Net Job Guide: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php Twitter: @H_Buddhism --