For scholars of religion and others interested in the practice, pedagogy, history, and theory of religious studies.
Syllabus for my course 3UU3, Buddhism in East Asia planned for Winter term 2019
This is the version of the syllabus for Asian Meditation Traditions at the end of the first term in which I offered it–Fall 2018.
James A Benn deposited Religious Studies 712 Topics in the Study of Chinese Buddhist Texts I: Translated Texts Nirvana Sutra McMaster University, Term II 2019 in the group Religious Studies on Humanities Commons 6 days, 9 hours ago
Draft version of syllabus for graduate seminar on Nirvana Sutra
This article is a detailed review of Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred, ed. Jorunn Økland, J. Cornelis de Vos, and Karen J. Wenell (Bloomsbury, 2016); and The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World, by Stephen C. Russell (Oxford University Press, 2017).
The paper argues that the pesaḥ is a ritual with no origins in the literature we have, from the earliest recoverable fragment, through the first revision that introduces as many problems as it aims to solve, to subsequent extensions in multiple directions, with no arc, no trajectory, no telos, but recurrent hermeneutic expressive engagement.
Narasimhananda Swami deposited Review The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation by Kamlesh D Patel and Joshua Pollock Prabuddha Bharata November 2018 in the group Religious Studies on Humanities Commons 3 weeks, 1 day ago
This book is one of the few in a great corpus of literature on meditation, that makes understanding meditation effortless. Not posing as a one-cure-for-all instant solution, this book attunes and trains a person’s mind, and makes one ready to get immersed in meditation, which according to Kamlesh D Patel and Joshua Pollock can be done only t…[Read more]
Psychoanalysis and its father in the West, Sigmund Freud, have often been seen as the antitheses of religion and faith. This book seeks to dispel this misconception and place Freud and psychoanalysis as hopes to the faithful and the hedonist alike. Ethics and morality do not get compromised and unethical and immoral behaviour do not get free…[Read more]
Jesse Arlen deposited “‘Let us Mourn Continuously:’ John Chrysostom and the Early Christian Transformation of Mourning,” in Studia Patristica Vol LXXXIII, Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015, Vol 9: Emotions, eds. M. Vinzent and Y. Papadogiannakis (Leuven: Peeters, 2017): 289–312. in the group Religious Studies on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
An examination of Mourning and Tears in the works of John Chrysostom, with comparison to his classical and hellenistic predecessors (Aristotle, Seneca, Plutarch).
An article on the Armenian manuscripts at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana).
An examination of the debate over the Theory of Names between Origen and Celsus in Origen’s Contra Celsum and its implications for late antique ritual worship.
A translation and study of seven hymns (madrashe) on vigil of Ephrem the Syrian preserved in Classical Armenian.
A response to papers presented as part of “Cy-Curious: Machines in religious imagination”: “Academic Assemblages in a Cyborgean Garden,” Lise Miltner (Brown University); “Bioethics, Human Nature, and the Enhancement Debate,” Joseph Fisher (Columbia University); and “Technoscience in Tolkien: How Fictional Worldviews Facilitate Reflection on the…[Read more]
Drawing on rabbinic sources redacted in the early third and late fourth/ early fifth centuries, this paper tracks the intertwined lives of divine image-things and rabbis living in late Roman and Byzantine period Palestine. The paper argues that the religious image-things of others (or avodah zarah, in rabbinic terms) pressed in different ways on…[Read more]
The editors of the present volume convened an international conference on “Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on a Global Phenomenon” at the University of Vienna, which took place on 19–21 September 2013.2 For the sake of coherence and optimisation of synergies, its focus was on the exploration of the phenomenon of yo…[Read more]
Little India is a rich historical and ethnographic examination of a fascinating example of linguistic plurality on the island of Mauritius, where more than two-thirds of the population is of Indian ancestry. Patrick Eisenlohr’s groundbreaking study focuses on the formation of diaspora as mediated through the cultural phenomenon of Indian ancestral…[Read more]
This special issue of Religions of South Asia is born out of this expanding area of study and collaboration between contemporary practitioners and established academic methods of study. Most of articles in this volume were first presented at an international ‘Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana’ conference hosted in Kraków, Poland in May 2016. The Krakow…[Read more]
How should we read claims about health and well-being which defy common sense? Are claims of extreme longevity to be viewed as fraudulent, or as pushing the boundaries of possibility for the human body? This article will consider the narrative and context around a particularly well-publicized incident of rejuvenation therapy, advertised as…[Read more]
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of meditation systems in Asia taught at McMaster University in Fall 2018
Section 295-C of Pakistan’s penal code prohibits insulting the Prophet and carries a mandatory death penalty. This law was passed based on a claim of ijma‘ (consensus among Islamic scholars) that such an offense is subject to a hadd (divinely fixed) punishment. Nearly half of those charged under this statute crimes of hadd are Christians, who mak…[Read more]
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