Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One: A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin

Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One: A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin

by David Lawrence
     
 

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This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Viruμpaμks

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This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Viruμpaμks

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...a very welcome contribution to both the scholarship on Saivism and to comparative theology or philosophy of religion and should be widely read and discussed.— Philosophy East & West

"...Lawrence's effort to bring this text to light is praiseworthy, particularly for his ability to break opaque Sanskrit constructions into small, pellucid sentences that make the translation very readable and approachable to a wider audience ... Lawrence demonstrates his ingenious scholarship in the first introductory chapters by expanding the discourse on self into the realm of contemporary psychoanalysis. The cursory analysis based on extensive research into the original text paves the path for future research in this direction."— Religious Studies Review

"In Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One, Lawrence exhibits not only his mastery of Sanskrit sources, but also a refined ability to illumine the theosophical heart of the Pratyabhijn aμ tradition via comparative reference to western psychological, epistemological, and theological sources ... He is to be applauded for reminding us once again of the cross-cultural relevance of self-recognition, in all of its epistemological nuances."— Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"If Lawrence's overall goal was 'an introduction to and a translation of' the VAP and VAPV, then his endeavor has been successful."— Journal of Asian Studies

"I think this is a marvelous book, filled with original insights into the mystical dimensions of the divine-human subject and the cosmicization of the human body. I know of no other book about South Asian philosophy or comparative theology that so deftly addresses the themes of subjectivity and embodiment and is able to relate them to contemporary debates in the fields of religious studies, psychology, and philosophy. There are few real comparativists working today. David Lawrence is certainly one of them, and he is one of the most gifted."— Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791477724
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
421 KB

Meet the Author

David Peter Lawrence is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of Rediscovering God with Transcendental Argument: A Contemporary Interpretation of Monistic Kashmiri Saiva Philosophy, also published by SUNY Press.

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