Mīmāṃsā Ritual Theory Applied: “Ricelihood: A Tale of Livingness and Rice Beings in Northern Thai Ricelihood”

This past Monday (November 23), I have had an opportunity to participate in the performance titled, “Ricelihood: A Tale of Livingness and Rice Beings in NortherThai Ricelihood,” which is a part of a dissertation project of my colleague and friend, Continue reading Mīmāṃsā Ritual Theory Applied: “Ricelihood: A Tale of Livingness and Rice Beings in Northern Thai Ricelihood”

“Agents of Unending Change: A Buddhist Approach to Identity” by Jonathan C. Gold, Princeton

Hi all! I want to invite you to a virtual talk, which I co-organized, by Jonathan C. Gold, Associate Professor of Religion at Princeton University on Friday, 13 November 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST (GMT-5) Abstract: Buddhist thought provides Continue reading “Agents of Unending Change: A Buddhist Approach to Identity” by Jonathan C. Gold, Princeton

Three Debts and Five Sacrifices

My last two posts focused on some of the considerations that the dharmasūtra authors cite in support of the householder āśrama. As I mentioned, the householder’s payment of the three debts is central to these considerations. In this post, I Continue reading Three Debts and Five Sacrifices

Maṇḍana’s intellectual theory of motivation

Maṇḍana’s thesis is an answer to the problem of how to identify the core of a prescription. What makes people undertake actions? Kumārila’s śabdabhāvanā theory and Prabhākara’s kāryavāda had already offered their answers. Maṇḍana expands on Kumārila’s intuition about human Continue reading Maṇḍana’s intellectual theory of motivation