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

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.

Two Approaches to Truth

Though Sanskrit is often called a dead language, the ideas embodied in its texts help to make sense of this in a vibrant, dynamic way.

The Journey to the Summit

Across religious traditions, revealed scripture is viewed by the faithful as a direct link to that Being/Deity/Truth that reveals the wisdom contained within Its revelation as scripture.

Teaching the Bhagavad Gītā in the Springtime of Pandemic

My hope was that every student would learn from and be challenged by the Gītā in a perfectly respectable academic fashion, yet without replacing study of the text by discussions of larger theoretical issues.

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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