God in India: the Abrahamic and the Dharmic religions

Dr. Joris Gielen studied History, Science of Religion and Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven and also obtained the MA in Indian Philosophy and Religion at Banaras Hindu University. So, when I saw his Dutch-language book God in India (Lannoo, Tielt 2013), I thought to myself: at last, this might be someone who knows what he’s […]

Podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming: launch announcement

People of Shambhala is proud to announce its new podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming. We’ll be speaking with authors, thinkers and spiritual practitioners from a range of traditions, from Western esotericism and alternative religion to Buddhism and Hinduism as well as those who are blazing new intellectual and political trails. Radio Free Shambhala — […]

Violence and the sacred: finding inner peace in times of outer conflict

A few weeks ago I happened to be reading Vali Nasr’s The Shia Revival on the way back from a martial arts session. I’d received a pretty firm kick in the side, and was conscious of pain in that area. I don’t want to overdramatize it, the injury meant sleeping was difficult for the following […]

Tantra for the practitioner

Christopher D. Wallis, Oxford graduate in Comparative Religion and assistant professor of Sanskrit in Berkeley, treats us to a very well-written book: Tantra Illuminated. The Philosophy, History and Practice of a Timeless Tradition (Anusara Press, The Woodlands TX, 2012). It is academically sound yet stands out among the dry academic works by being very engaged […]

Banned: the ancient Hindu symbol of Dharma mistaken for hate sign

In this age, in which Westerners pride themselves on ethnic and religious tolerance, Indians and Hindus have been shocked and surprised to discover their most sacred symbol banned from public display by Western organizations – most recently, Facebook. The symbol that I am talking about is the ancient swastika. It is a sad irony that […]

Can radical spirituality end racism?

“”What the superior man seeks,” said Confucius, “is in himself; what the ordinary man seeks, is in others.” In the West, those who consider themselves spiritual, thinking people, inevitably consider themselves to be concerned with the internal — the inner being — not the external. Frequently, though, nothing could be further from the truth. And […]