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Published:July 1st, 2007 09:56 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Jeffrey Kripal, Ph.D., Author of Esalen

Judyth Piazza chats with Jeffrey Kripal, Ph.D., Author of Esalen

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion (Chicago, 2007), The Serpent`s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Chicago, 2006),

Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (Chicago, 2001), and Kali`s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Chicago, 1995). He has also co-edited volumes with Glenn W. Shuck on the history of Esalen and the American counter culture,

On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture (Indiana, 2005); with Rachel Fell McDermott on a popular Hindu goddess, Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West (California, 2003); with G. William Barnard on the ethical critique of mystical traditions, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism (Seven Bridges, 2002); and with T.G. Vaidyanathan of Bangalore, India, on the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Hinduism, Vishnu on Freud`s Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism (Oxford, 1999).

His areas of interest include the comparative erotics and ethics of mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religious traditions, and the history of Western esotericism, particularly as this complex has encountered and incorporated Asian practices and ideas in the colonial and postcolonial periods.

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