Center for the Study of World Religions

Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

Books on Repeat

May 22, 2017

As the year is winding down, and summer beckons, some Harvard faculty generously shared some books that they have read and re-read.  Frank Clooney, our Director, contributed to this piece in the Harvard Gazette with a brief reflection on the Bible.  You can read the piece in its entirety here.

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CSWR members at the Sri-Lakshimi Temple

CSWR Visits the Sri-Lakshmi Temple

May 22, 2017

The academic year is nearly over, and some residents have already moved out, on their way to new projects and studies, but on Saturday, May 20, eight of us - Seth Powell, Sara Klingenstein, Preston Hollis, Manasicha Akepiyapornchai, Melissa Lago, Melissa Coles and her mother Betsy, in town for graduation, and myself - went on a short pilgrimage out to the Sri-Lakshmi Temple in Ashland, MA. This temple, now more than 25 years old, is built in the traditional south Indian style, and the familiar rituals one would find done in a temple in south India are performed regularly here. It is a

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CSWR resident Farah Zahra

CSWR SoundEscapes

April 24, 2017

"When I first visited CSWR in April 2015, I was invaded by its peaceful presence. Looking around me to find the source or the hidden traces of this serenity, I thought I was doing the wrong thing—which is looking. I should be hearing, listening. Listening to the water stream of the small fountain in the community garden. I thought that the peacefulness of this place is embodied in its acoustic environment as much as it is embedded in the interior architecture of the building and carried by the traces of the people who lived here before. I compare the sounds that surround us to the

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