Teaching mysticism by William B. Parsons

By William B. Parsons

The time period ''mysticism'' hasn't ever been continuously outlined or hired, both in non secular traditions or in educational discourse. The essays during this quantity supply methods of defining what mysticism is, in addition to tools for grappling with its complexity in a classroom.

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Syllabus Week 1: What Is Mysticism? 1 Primary literature: Genesis 1–3; Exodus 24 and 33; Ezekiel 1, 8, 10, and 40–48; Isaiah 6; Daniel 7; 1 Chronicles 28:18. 2 Secondary literature: DeConick (2006), 1–24; Segal (2006), 27–40; Rowland, Gibbons, and Dobroruka (2006), 41–56; Sanders (2006), 57–79. 2 Secondary literature: Boustan and Reed (2004); Davila (2006), 105–126; Dean-Otting (1984); Flannery-Dailey (2006), 231–248; Fossum (1999), 348–352; Halperin (1988a), 47–67; Himmelfarb (1993); Morray-Jones (1992), 1–31; Orlov (2007); Rowland (1979), 145–150, and (1982); Segal (1980), 1333–1394; Stone (1976), 414–451.

If this later developed concept becomes the point of comparison for the earlier period, then the earlier period becomes “background” with no mysticism to be found within it. This approach values and privileges the Christian monastic experience while failing to recognize the existence of mysticism in the earlier period. So the problem of definition is not simply an academic exercise that I discuss with my students to launch my course. It is a question with profound implications, because the definitions we impose on our subject ultimately determine what we see and what we take away with us from that experience.

1973. Speaking of Śiva. Baltimore: Penguin. Ramaswamy, Krishnan, Antony de Nicholas, and Aditi Banerjee, eds. 2007. Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America. New Delhi: Rupa and Co. Teaching “Hindu Mysticism” 25 Salomon, Carol. 1995. ” In Religions of India in Practice, edited by Donald S. Lopez, 187–208. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Samuel, Geoffrey. 2008. The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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