Program January 08, 2017

The Garden Next Door:  How One Woman
Was Struck by Lightning, Talked to God
and Came Back to Dream the Future 
I am going to tell you some stories this afternoon. They could not have possibly happened. But they happened nonetheless. I am not telling you these stories for the hell of it. I am telling you these stories because I think they are intellectually important. Actually, I think they are potentially revolutionary for the work humanist intellectuals do, and this precisely to the extent that they push us, goad us, provoke us to radically re-imagine what we have called “the humanities” by radically re-imagining the limits of the human.

Sunday January 08, 2017 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For location contact:
Jeffrey Kripal

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of Comparing Religions (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014); Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal (Chicago, 2011); Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred (Chicago, 2010); Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion (Chicago, 2007); The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Chicago, 2007); Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (Chicago, 2001); and Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Chicago, 1995). He has also co-edited volumes with: Sudhir Kakar, on the history, science, psychology, and analysis of psychical experiences, Seriously Strange: Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences (Viking, 2012); Wouter Hanegraaff on eroticism and esotericism, Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism (University of Amsterdam Press, 2008); Glenn W. Shuck on the history of Esalen and the American counterculture, On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture (Indiana, 2005); Rachel Fell McDermott on a popular Hindu goddess, Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West (California, 2003); G. William Barnard on the ethical critique of mystical traditions, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism (Seven Bridges, 2002); and T.G. Vaidyanathan of Bangalore, India, on the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Hinduism, Vishnu on Freud’s Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism (Oxford, 1999). His present areas of writing and research include the articulation of a New Comparativism within the study of religion that will put “the impossible” back on the table again, a robust and even conversation between the sciences and the humanities, and the mapping of an emergent mythology or “Super Story” within paranormal communities and individual visionaries.


December 11, 2016:  Reincarnation: The Data and the Dharma

  • Dr. Claire Villarreal presenting on contemporary research on reincarnation
  • Introduced by Joe Hirsch

January 8, 2017:  Dr. Jeffrey J. Kripal

and Came Back to Dream the Future  (read the article)

February 12:  Alan Davidson

  • Evolutionary Meditation

March 12:  TBA

April 9:  Julie Parker

  • Your Inner Blueprint - The Secrets Hidden in Your Face
  • Introduced by Sue Murchison

May 14:  TBA

June 11:  Mary Sudduth

  • Manifestations of Chi Energy in TCM* and Beyond 

* Traditional Chinese Medicine

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