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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2006|03:04 pm]
Asian Religions and Philosophy

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I’m working on an assignment where I’m supposed to discuss the relations between the understanding of reality and the rituals carried out in Shintoism.
I find it to be very hard, so I’m more than interested in hearing what you might have to say about it. Do you have any good ideas how and what to write?

Thank you!
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Listening Suggestion [Oct. 14th, 2006|07:16 pm]
Asian Religions and Philosophy

I haven't had much time for reading lately, but I have found time to listen to audiobooks on my way to work.

The local library has an audiobook series called Great World Religions: Beliefs, Practices and Histories.  It's published by something called The Teaching Company, in 1996, and consists of 5 parts, each focusing on a different religious arena.

I'm currently listening to Part V -  Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh: The Religions of India. It consists of 10 lectures given by Diana Eck, who is a professor of comparative religion at Harvard. She is considered one of the foremost professors of Indian religions, and has also done extensive work on Religions in America.

I've only made it through the first few lectures, but she's a great speaker and the series is fascinating to listen to. The material might be familiar to those who have taken an intro to Indian religions class, but I found it an invigorating refresher of things I had forgotten. There's also a booklet that accompanies the series, which contains outlines of each lecture and a glossary of terms.

Next on my listen-to list is Part IV - Confucius, the Tao, the Ancestors and the Buddha: The Religions of China. That lecture series is given by Robert Henricks, one of the familiar scholars on Chinese religions.

The only drawback of the series is that it is on cassette tape. I've needed to convert it to digital format to listen to it, but it's well worth the extra effort. Let meknow if you're interested and I can try to figure out how to send you an mp3 file of on of the lectures to get a taste of what it's like.
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Introduction [Oct. 12th, 2006|06:36 pm]
Asian Religions and Philosophy

Hi there! I'm the moderator of this community.

I got hooked on studying religions my first week of college when I took an amazing "Intro to Asian Religions" class. I decided right then to major in Religion, and soon asked the professor to give me tutorials in Sanskrit.... 3 or 4 years later when it became clear I was going to need it for grad school, he finally agreed.

I have a B.A. in Religion from Trinity University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara.

My coursework covered a wide array of world religions; approaches to the study of religion; academic theories about culture, gender, so forth ; and related humanities fields; but my focus has always been on Asia.

My master's thesis was on Hindu temples in the U.S. and strategies that relate them to "parent" temples in India.

As a grad student, I was a Teaching Assistant for several years in classes such as "Hindu Myth & Image," "Religious Approaches to Death & Dying," "Asian Religions," and "Religion in Medieval Europe."

At any rate, that was all long ago. As many of you know, my desire in creating this community is to provide a place for people with similar interests to talk, to discuss what we're reading, to share our knowledge. It seems a shame to have worked so hard to learn so much, only to forget it over the years.

So welcome to the group!
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