Jessica Samuels

Jessica Samuels
Assistant professor

I teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at DRBU. For the last several years my primary research interests have been related to the University. These have included working on curricula and various university programs connected to development and the accreditation process. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Buddhist texts and philosophy.

My interests include humanities and liberal arts education, pedagogy, and the shared inquiry method. Other research interests include the philosophy of literature, philosophy of emotions, philosophy of mind, ethics, Buddhist thought, contemplative practices, and the role of spiritual exercises in higher education.

To begin to describe why DRBU is unique helps explain why I'm here.  One of the things that I most admire about DRBU is the way the University puts philosophy into practice. One doesn't find students "lost in the system."  We have been commended by the WASC accreditation team as embodying an “ethics of care,” and I can imagine no better compliment.  Our curriculum is academically challenging and rigorous, often asking students to stretch both personally and intellectually.


Ph.D., Philosophy; University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., Philosophy; University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A., Philosophy; University of California, Berkeley



Assistant Professor, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, 2013-present
Academic Consultant, Dharma Realm Buddhist University 2011-2013
Teaching Fellow/Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz Humanities Division, 2006-2013
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2013
Undergraduate advisor, Philosophy Department, UC Berkeley 2001-2003
Research assistant, Philosophy Department, UC Berkeley 1998-2001


Professional Affiliations and Honors

APPA, Philosophical Counselor

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education


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