Tarka #0: On the Scholar-Practitioner

In this issue of Tarka, On the Scholar-Practitioner, we explore the intersection between academic scholarship and contemplative practice, highlighting the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities encountered by those working to heal the divide between knowledge and experience.

Tarka Issue #0

On the Scholar-Practitioner

  • Historical, Polemical, and Experimental Essays
  • Introductory Articles on Key Topics
  • Interviews with Rita Sherma, Ramdas Lamb, and Jeffrey S. Lidke
  • Three Book Reviews
  • Articles on Practice and Translation

Articles from this Issue

In the Service of Truth

This personal essay will focus on various issues which arise when one is a scholar-practitioner in a spiritual tradition.

What is Pramāṇa?

Pramāṇa means right knowledge, a correct understanding of reality that can be acquired in one of three ways: sense perception, logic, and verbal testimony as the sources for the acquisition of valid knowledge.

Study? Practice? Can the Two be Integrated?

This article discusses the history of the university, analyzes the challenge of modernity and post-modernity, and affirms the efficacy of integrating study and practice.

Religious Studies, Theology & the Scholar-Practitioner

The voice of the scholar-practitioner emerges from a confluence of well-established disciplines, both inside and outside the academy.

Is Academia (Like) a Religion?

Scholars are practitioners of academia. Many people, initially in the West and eventually globally, have had a millennium to imagine the knowledge and research that are data for academia, which is solely the creation of scholars’ studies.

The Flip (Book Review)

According to the pervasive materialist ideology, the flip is nothing but a hallucination, a flight of fantasy, a delusory event that can easily be explained away as some less-than-rigorous thinker’s mistaken perception.

Beacons of Dharma (Book Review)

Beacons is divided into three parts: (1) Service, Compassion, and Humanitarianism, (2) Ecology and Environmental Activism, and (3) Peace, Knowledge, and Social Justice.

Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics (Book Review)

This 2019 book opens with a discussion of the Jaiminīyanyāyamālā (the Garland of Jaimini’s Reasons) of Mādhavācārya (1297-1388), a text that includes 1,536 verses that represent a distilled and comparatively concise summary of Mīmāṃsā reasoning.

From the Introduction

In this issue, the contributors argue for the acceptance and integration into scholarly life of what has otherwise been deemed controversial by the reigning epistemology of modern industrialized culture. Here we mean something that is indicated by a number of terms that in various ways imply one another: subjectivity, experience, embodiment, and – perhaps most importantly – practice

Jacob Kyle

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