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 Read more about CSWR Visits the Sri-Lakshmi Temple
Matthew Weinstein, a second-year master of divinity degree candidate, spoke to Professor Clooney, one of the world’s leading experts on comparative theology, about his tenure as director of the Center and the role it has had and can have within Harvard and the wider world.Read more about The CSWR Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
"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 Read more about CSWR SoundEscapes
Beginning on April 24 and running through the summer, the Center will host an exhibit of photographs showcasing the hidden sacred spaces of the Boston area. On May 9th, from 9:30AM-11:00AM, the Center will host a reception featuring the organizers briefly speaking about this project. Read more about Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces
Dr. Anna Sun, HDS Berggruen Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at Kenyon College, gave a lecture based on her research project for the year, "The Logic of Prayer in Contemporary China."
On April 5th, ThD student and CSWR resident, Munjed M. Murad, delivered a presentation on the findings of his research at Harvard as they pertain to the topic of beauty and religion. A summary of which follows:
This lecture explored the concept of beauty as discussed in teachings of Islamic metaphysics in particular and exemplified by a variety of religions in general. It addressed notions of the objectivity of beauty as a necessary quality of the Divine, and particular aspects of the manifold manifestations of beauty in the world. Examples ranged from the beauty of virtue Read more about On Beauty