Jason Kunen

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Religious Studies
Religious Studies, Self-Defense

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Jason Kunen is a graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in philosophy. His academic training centers on Global Philosophy and Ethics, East-West Comparative Religions, and Eastern Thought. He has worked with pioneers in such fields as global philosophy, religious studies, martial arts, Buddhism, Sunziology (the study of Sun Tzu), and mindfulness meditation. While at Haverford, he founded and taught a martial arts group, and led meditation and discussion sessions on Buddhist philosophy for the Haverford Buddhist Sangha Community.

Taking up the study of philosophy at age ten, Jason sought to understand how we come to a coherent view of the world. While studying in the International Baccalaureate program at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jason learned the martial arts, as well as elements of Western Mysticism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Zen. At Haverford College, he worked extensively with Dr. Ashok Gangadean, Director of the Margaret Gest Center for Global Dialogue Studies, in the field of Global Philosophy, and learned how to undertake interdisciplinary studies.

In the 2011 fall semester, Jason was accepted into Bryn Mawr College’s Contemplative Traditions 360 program, which centered on studying the history, science, and practice of meditation and other mindfulness practices from both Christian and Buddhist perspectives. The program also involved a trip to Japan, one of Jason’s life-long aspirations. While in Japan, Jason visited the temples of various cities and practiced meditation with Buddhist monks.

In the 2012 spring semester, Jason enrolled in the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a semester-long exchange program. There, he studied Chinese philosophy with Dr. Roger Ames, and worked for the Philosophy for Children program with Dr. Thomas Jackson, a specialist with the Department of Philosophy. When he returned to Haverford for his senior year, Jason aggregated his experiences by writing his undergraduate thesis on philosophy and education.

Jason self-published a book during the summer before his senior year at Haverford and has published essays on martial arts, meditation, mysticism, and Zen Buddhism. Jason has also worked as an editor on the book, Sun Tzus The Art of Another War. He is also a consultant for The Mazeway Project, an educational initiative dedicated to generating a coherent and moral vision of how humankind can move forward creatively and peacefully.

Jason enjoys reading, martial arts, traveling, and drinking tea.