John Giduck, MDiv, MSS, JD, PhD
After a decades-long personal study of Buddhism, Taoism and other aspects of Eastern thought, John enrolled in BDU in late 2013. In January 2017, he earned the Certificate in Buddhist Studies and was given the name Wonmin Devadipa. Upon taking the Eight Precepts in May 2020 he was raised to Anagarika Oblate. Then in December 2021, he completed the Master of Divinity in Buddhist Ministry Degree and was given the name Wonmin Prajna. Since 2017, he has continued to study under Venerable Myohye Do’an. He has taught several courses for BDU.
In addition, he has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Denver. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Russian Studies from the University of Colorado, which included completion of the Russian Culture and Language Program at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. As well, John holds a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from King’s College in London. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and has been a professor of bachelor, master and doctoral programs for other universities for three decades.
John has traveled to more than 50 countries, which included Buddhist studies in India and Thailand, but
also visiting the remnants of the 6 th century holy cliffside statutes of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in
Afghanistan in 2006.