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Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

Leesa Fanning– Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art is the result of many years of research fueled by my intense interest in the subject, the pursuit of which is ongoing. I initiated this publication by creating an archive of hundreds of works of art based on my own aesthetic preferences,

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A Different Kind of Paganism

Anthony Kronman— For more than a dozen years, I’ve been teaching in Directed Studies—a traditional, Great Books program for freshmen in Yale College. Programs of this kind are increasingly rare on America’s campuses. But I believe deeply in the spirit of liberal learning that they represent and in 2008 published

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The Seeds of Spirituality: Swami Vivekanada and Indian Mysticism

One morning in 19th-century India, the followers of Sri Ramakrishna were gathered for breakfast. Ramakrishna, a mystic and spiritual teacher, had died the preceding year, and a monastic order had been established with his followers continuing in their devout practice. One devotee, the future Swami Vivekanada, began to “playfully imitate”

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Editor Jennifer Banks on the Boundaries of Religion

Follow @yaleRELIbooks Jennifer Banks— I had been acquiring religion books for Yale University Press for five years or so when my grandmother’s passing brought me back to the Catholic Church I’d attended as a child. I sat in the back row at her funeral, with my two-year-old daughter and four-month-old

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Spirituality Connects Gandhi’s Inner Life With His Outward Actions

“Thus a ruler can imprison a person’s body, but the spirit is incapable of being imprisoned. It was this spiritual leverage that Gandhi fastened on to, and we fasten on to in Gandhi. It was with this power that Gandhi faced the might of an empire.” There are hundreds of

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Yale Press Podcast, Episode 17

Episode 17 of the Yale Press Podcast is now available. Download Episode 17. In Episode 17, Chris Gondek speaks with (1) Marwan Muasher about the contribution of modern Arab states to the Middle East peace process and (2) Rob Riemen about the importance of spiritual development to the health of

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