Robert Pryor


Biography:

C. Robert Pryor, is the Director of the Antioch Education Abroad Buddhist Studies Program in India. He received a B.S. from the University of Michigan, an M.A.T. from Antioch, and attended the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he studied Anthropology and South Asian religions. After spending four years in India doing research on Buddhist history, culture, and meditation, he designed the Antioch Buddhist Studies Program and has taken groups of students to India as program director since 1979. He founded Insight Travel in 1987, offering pilgrimages to Buddhist and Hindu sites in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. In 1993 Robert helped to establish the Yellow Springs Dharma Center where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked as consultant for the BBC documentary “In the Footsteps of the Buddha”, filmed in India and Nepal. Currently he is conducting research for a book on the life of Anagarika Munindra, an important teacher involved in the movement of Vipassana meditation from Asia to the West in the twentieth century. Robert’s interests include: South Asian cultures, pilgrimage, the history of Indian Buddhism, meditation and Buddhism in the West.