From Faculty & Friends: Rita D. Sherma

What is a scholar-practitioner from your perspective? 

In terms of a disciplinary perspective in the context of the study of religion, philosophy of religion, classics or theological studies, it is someone who conducts research and engages in the academic teaching of a practice or a religious tradition that they have integrated into their personal lives as well. 

How does contemplative practice inform your scholarship? 

Practice deeply informs my scholarship because I've become aware of the contemplative hermeneutics underlying the visual material and textual cultures of the traditions that I teach. I'm also editing a book series on contemplative studies and dharma traditions. The first book in this series has just been published. The ti

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