John Thomas Dodson is a musician, author, leadership consultant and public speaker. He has developed an enduring interest in the teachings of mindfulness, intuitive awareness and skillful means as ways to navigate through the challenges of the modern world. His interest in Buddhism has encompassed both academic study and practice experience. Dodson was selected to study Buddhist Traditions in the Himalayas through a program led by faculty from Harvard and Holy Cross universities and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was further grounded in the tradition by a life-long student of Tibetan Buddhist master, Trungpa Rinpoche, and has participated in numerous silent retreats focused on Vipassana meditation as taught by the Burmese-Indian teacher Satya Narayan Goenka. He has been further influenced by the teachings of Stephen Levine, Joseph Goldstein and Ajahn Sumedho, senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism.
John Thomas Dodson serves as music director to Michigan's Lexington Bach Festival and Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. His career includes over thirty years as an orchestral conductor and teaching on colleges and university faculties. He has conducted concerts in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Athens' Megaron Concert Hall and Budapest's Hungarian State Opera House. Dodson has degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Tennessee Technological University and received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Siena Heights University in 2016.