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Asian Mysticism


Start Date.

02-10-2005

End Date.

30-10-2005


This five part-lecture series explores the mystic traditions of some of the major Asian religions introducing a spiritual level, which ultimately links faiths rather than emphasises their differences.


02-10: Exploring Asian Mysticism – By Professor Ursula King

This lecture examines the study of mysticism during the twentieth century then discusses the different forms of mysticism found in the spiritualities of India, China and Japan.


10-10: Mysticism in the Indic Religious Tradition  By Professor Arvind Sharma

This lecture addresses how mysticism constitutes a particularly visible part of the religious landscape of India. Sharma looks at reports of mystical experience from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.


16-10: Navigating the Ocean of the Soul: Sufism  By Professor William C Chittick

This lecture reviews basic Sufi teachings of the nafs – the soul or self. The naf. As the thirteenth century mystic lbn Arabi puts it, “an ocean without shore”.


23-10: The Role of the Inspired Fool in Daoist Mysticism  By Martin Palmer

This lecture looks at the mystical, humorous and thought provoking world of one of the world’s few funny mystics, Chuang Tzu (in pinyin Zhuang Zi) and his writings, together with those of Lao T zu (Lao Zi) are amongst the most formative forces which flowed into the creation of Daoism itself.


30-10: Tibetan Mysticism – By Dr Charles Ramble

This lecture looks at the mystical, humorous and thought provoking world of one of the world’s few funny mystics, Chuang Tzu (in pinyin Zhuang Zi) and his writings, together with those of Lao T zu (Lao Zi) are amongst the most formative forces which flowed into the creation of Daoism itself.


Professor Ursula King
Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol; Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London.

 

Professor Arvind Sharma
Birks Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

 

Professor William C Chittick
Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies, Stony Brook University, New York.

 

Martin Palmer
Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), Bath and translator of the Penguin Classic Chuang Tzu.

 

Dr Charles Ramble
Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Oriental Institute of Oxford University


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