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Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka (January 2009)
Patrick Grant - Author

Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Patrick Grant explores the relationship between Buddhism and violent ethnic conflict in modern Sri Lanka using the concept of “regressive inversion.” Regressive inversion occurs when universal teaching, such as that of the Buddha, is redeployed to supercharge passions associated with the kinds o...(Read More)
 
 
The Gita within Walden
The Gita within Walden (November 2008)
Paul Friedrich - Author

Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and met...(Read More)
 
 
Yoga and the Luminous
Yoga and the Luminous (October 2008)
Patañjali's Spiritual Path to Freedom
Christopher Key Chapple - Author

A fresh look at Yoga philosophy.

In Yoga and the Luminous, a book that emerges from more than thirty years of practice, study, and reflection, Christopher Key Chapple addresses the need for an accessible explanation of Yoga’s difficult philosophy and its applications in daily life. Yoga practice takes an individual on an inward journey, and through Yoga, one enters a rarefied state of consciousness...(Read More)
 
 
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One (September 2008)
A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin
David Peter Lawrence - Author

A study and translation of a tantric contemplative manual and the commentary on it.

This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Virūpāksapañcasikā, written circa the twelfth century CE, and the commentary on it, Vivrti by Vidyācakravartin. These late works from the Pratyabhij&nti...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra
Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (August 2008)
Sree Padma Holt - Editor
A. W. Barber - Editor

Explores the importance of Buddhism as it developed in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (modern-day Andhra Pradesh) and its influence.

Offering perspectives from a distinguished group of international scholars, this book provides a multidisciplinary inquiry into the various forms of Buddhism that thrived during the early centuries of the common era in the Krishna River Valley areas of what is now the modern ...(Read More)

 
 
Modern and Global Ayurveda
Modern and Global Ayurveda (July 2008)
Pluralism and Paradigms
Dagmar Wujastyk - Editor
Frederick M. Smith - Editor

A comprehensive overview of Ayurveda.

Modern and Global Ayurveda provides an overview of the relatively recent history of Ayurveda in its modern and globalized forms. One of the traditional medical systems originating on the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda is fast becoming a transnational phenomenon. Contributors to this volume include both scholars and practitioners of Ayurveda. The wide range of perspectives they...(Read More)
 
 
Tamil Geographies
Tamil Geographies (May 2008)
Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India
Martha Ann Selby - Editor
Indira Viswanathan Peterson - Editor

How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.

This interdisciplinary work explores how people in the Tamil region of India think about space and land, and how this, in turn, influences the creation of the social and aesthetic world they live in. Contributors focus on the notion of geography in its strictest sense, on verbal descriptions of land and space ...(Read More)
 
 
Singing Krishna
Singing Krishna (March 2008)
Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand's Poetry
A. Whitney Sanford - Author

Introduces Paramānand, one of India’s poet-saints, his work, and this work’s use in ritual.

Singing Krishna introduces Paramānand, one of north India’s greatest medieval poet-saints, whose poetry has been sung from the sixteenth century to the present in ritual service to the Hindu deity Krishna. A. Whitney Sanford examines how hearing Paramānand’s poetry in ritual contex...(Read More)
 
 
The Socially Involved Renunciate
The Socially Involved Renunciate (September 2007)
Guru Nanak's Discourse to the Nath Yogis
Kamala Elizabeth Nayar - Author
Jaswinder Singh Sandhu - Author

A translation and analysis of Guru Nanak’s description of the Sikh path to spiritual liberation.

The Socially Involved Renunciate is an in-depth analysis and an original English translation of the Siddh Gost, a fundamental philosophical text of the Sikh tradition. The work reflects the distinctive worldview of Sikhism, the only major Indian religion that does not regard asceticism as a legitimat...(Read More)
 
 
The Encounter Never Ends
The Encounter Never Ends (August 2007)
A Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals
Isabelle Clark-Deces - Author

A reconsideration of the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge.

The Encounter Never Ends offers a thoughtful meditation on the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge through the analysis of Tamil ritual practice in a South Indian village. Isabelle Clark-Decès revisits field notes taken more than fifteen years earlier, and reveals what she intended wh...(Read More)

 
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