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The Hindu Margins: Third Gender and Women Spiritual Partners

Video: The Hindu Margins: Third Gender and Women Spiritual Partners

April 27, 2021

This lecture focused on the Hindu view of life from the margins. While the “Hindu margin” is a fairly large heterogeneous group, this lecture laid the lens on the third gender, Kinnars (pejorative term hijṛā) and spiritual partners, categorized as “consorts.” Both these groups were discussed within the ritual praxis of “lived religions,” within the larger world of Śākta Tantra (Goddess esoteric traditions).... Read more about Video: The Hindu Margins: Third Gender and Women Spiritual Partners

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism book cover

Video: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

April 20, 2021

Where do our ideas about how the economy works, and our views on economic policy, come from? Critics of contemporary economics complain that belief in free markets, among economists as well as many ordinary citizens, is a form of religion. The foundational transition in thinking about what we now call economics, beginning in the eighteenth century, was decisively shaped by the hotly contended lines of religious thought at that time within the English-speaking Protestant world.... Read more about Video: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

Video: Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

March 18, 2021

Who’s Your Daddy is Arisa White's debut poetic memoir for which, with funding from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, she was able to go to Guyana, South America, to meet her father after 30-plus years of estrangement. With this same artist grant, White was able to offer community workshops for people to write letters to their own absent fathers, and some of those letters became centos in the collection.... Read more about Video: Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

Video: Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

March 15, 2021

A presentation and discussion on the continuities and discontinuities between the world of sacred plants and that of psychedelic science. This talk focused on what psychedelic therapists and scientists can learn from ayahuasca shamanism, as well as critique some common misunderstandings around the notions of set, setting, and integration. How can we dialogue with Indigenous traditions, knowledge, and practices? How can we practice reciprocity with Indigenous people?... Read more about Video: Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

This discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and author Brian Muraresku took place on Febrary 1, 2021.

Video: Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

February 12, 2021

The most influential religious historian of the twentieth century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age?... Read more about Video: Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?