Order and Disorder in South Asia with Christopher Chapple and Debashish Banerji
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
3w ago
This episode is dedicated to introducing the South Asian Studies Association (SASA) and their annual academic conference being co-hosted by the Asian Contemplative and Transcultural Studies Concentration (ACTS) being held at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) on March 1st-3rd, 2024. We are joined by Chris Chapple, the president of SASA, and Debashish Banerji, board member of SASA, as well as the chair of ACTS, who describe this years hybrid, in-person and online, conference, which is called Order and Disorder in South Asia. We also discuss Chris’s new book, Living Landscapes ..read more
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The Emergence of Integral Consciousness and Sustainability and Contemplative Civilization
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
This is a special podcast to introduce two upcoming sister conferences at California Institute of Integral Studies this September, to celebrate 150 Years of Sri Aurobindo, the pioneer of Integral Consciousness. The first conference is organized by the East-West Psychology Department (EWP) and the Asian Contemplative and Transcultural Studies concentration (ACTS) called Sustainability and Contemplative Civilization: The Integral Vision of Sri Aurobindo. The second conference is organized by the Jean Gebser Society called, The Emergence of Integral Consciousness: Jean Gebser, Sri Aurobindo, Carl ..read more
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The Philosophy of Music and the Attunement of the Soul
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
In this episode we speak with Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness core faculty, Jack Bagby about his engagement with the philosophy of music, from Socrates, to Schopenhauer, and Bergson. We discuss Jack’s recent PCC class called The Philosophy of Music and the Attunement of the Soul and dive into the complex ideas of these thinkers regarding the transformative powers of music. Jack explains how the ancient Greek’s developed a complex set of tuning systems and alternative temperaments with powerful attributes and psychic properties, in which one can attune themselves to through the developm ..read more
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Inside the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Integral Education, and the Politics of Spiritual Anarchy (Part 2)
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
This episode is a continuation of our conversation with ACTS student Devdip Ganguli. We discuss principals and politics of spiritual anarchy and Devdip speaks about Peter Heehs’ controversial book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo”. Devdip discusses a new book he edited called “Reading Sri Aurobindo”, and also shares his academic projects related to Sri Aurobindo with universities in India, China, and now France. We next explore the life and transcultural work of Chinese scholar-practitioner-artist Hu Hsu, who lived in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for 27 years, and the conversation ends with Devdip shar ..read more
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Inside the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Integral Education, and the Politics of Spiritual Anarchy (Part 1)
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
In this episode, we meet ACTS student Devdip Ganguli and learn about his upbringing in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Devdip discusses his experiences growing up in an intentional yogic community and shares his perspectives on integral education, as both a student growing up in the ashram school, and as a teacher in the school for over a decade . This episode, which is the first part of our conversation, ends discussing the differences and similarities between the Ashram in Pondicherry, and Auroville, a close by experimental spiritual township founded on the principals of spiritual anarchy by the M ..read more
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How to Manifest a Posthuman Existence not only in Theory, but in Practice?
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
This episode is a continuation from our previous reading of Francesca Ferrando’s new text Existential Posthumanism: A Manifesto. We will take a deep dive into unpacking this text section by section, discussing it’s the main questions: When did existential posthumanism arise? What is existential posthumanism? How to enact existential posthumanism? What is the difference between spirituality and existential posthumanism? We will also address the importance of introducing posthumanist approaches to pedagogy in institutions like CIIS. Dr. Ferrando (pronouns: they/them) teaches Philosophy at&nbs ..read more
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The Supramental Ship and Mothership Earth Conference
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
In episode 27, we met Dr. Sangeeta Sahi and discussed her innovative approaches to integrative health and wholeness, focusing on the individual. In this episode we extend the scope of the conversation to social, cultural and cosmic perspectives of integral evolution and spirituality. Sangeeta shares a visionary yogic experience by Mirra Alfassa, known as the Mother to devotees of Integral Yoga, of a supramental ship which comes to earth to expedite the evolutionary process of the spiritualization of material substance. Inspired by this, Sangeeta has organized a conference called the ..read more
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Towards the Integral Pluralism of Vijnana Vedanta through the lineage of Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
In this episode we meet Swami Medhananda, ordained monk in the order of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. He is also an extremely well respected scholar working in the fields of cross-cultural philosophy and religious studies. Medhananda shares about his background as a cultural Indian born in the USA, and the journey which led him to become a monk and live in India for over a decade . We discuss his approach to the scholar-practitioner model of academic research and the challenges of bringing together spiritual commitment with academic rigor. The conversation then focuses on material from Medh ..read more
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ID: Identity Dialogues with Debashish Banerji and Leslie Combs
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
Understanding theories and notions of identity, self-making, personhood, transpersonal relationality between self and other, self and cosmos, are questions of central importance to the East-West Psychology department. Throughout history, cultures have come to define themselves through unique approaches to cultivating subjective knowledge as well as constructing shared structures of collective experience. Yet, in the intensifying and accelerating conditions of global digital capitalism, corporate data-mining and dawn of AI, the question of identity is of more importance then ever and how we gra ..read more
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Postcolonial and Posthuman World-Making: Introducing Asian Contemplative and Transcultural Studies (ACTS)
The East-West Psychology Podcast
by Jonathan Kay and Stephen Julich
4M ago
In this episode we speak with East-West Psychology chair Debashish Banerji to discuss the foundations of a new concentration in the EWP department titled Asian Contemplative and Transcultural Studies (ACTS). Debashish shares his vision of a postcolonial pedagogy in which to ground this discourse, and we discuss how this concentration can situate academic and creative approaches to posthuman world-making. He shares the importance of understanding Asian contemplative traditions in critical relationships to the forces of western globalization and neoliberal capitalism which overdetermine Asian cu ..read more
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