Tag Archives: Buddhism

Considering Orgasmic Meditation: It’s not ‘Diddling’ when it’s a Ritual

by Natasha L. Mikles While perusing the blogs recently, I came across an article describing one woman’s visit to the San Francisco OMXperience—a three-day, $795-a-head event in August 2013 designed to “kick off the industry of the orgasm”—an industry of … Continue reading

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Kids Drink Pop, So What?

by Russell McCutcheon * This article has been re-posted from the blog Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation. I think it’s worth pausing for a moment to ask why the above photo, recently used as the cover image on … Continue reading

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Critical Questions Series 3: Category Formation and “Eastern” Traditions

by James Mark Shields This is the third instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here and the second by Nicole Goulet here. Question: The varieties of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and … Continue reading

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Religion Conferencing: It’s an “Experience”

by Matt Sheedy In his essay entitled “Experience,” which is one of several pieces contained in Religious Experience: A Reader, Robert H. Sharf notes the following: Critical analysis shows that modern Buddhist communities judge “claims to experience” on the basis … Continue reading

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Trans-species Aesthetics: Religion and Ivory

An article by Brian Christy in the October issue of National Geographic on illegal ivory harvest and the massacre of African elephants explores the religious dimensions of the ivory trade. In January 2012 a hundred raiders on horseback charged out … Continue reading

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The Dhammakaya Code

The following is a guest post from Cris, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This post originally appeared on Cris’ blog, Genealogy of Religion (which is well worth checking out, by the way). ********** Until recently, … Continue reading

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