Devotions of Attachment and Detachment: the Myriad Divinities of Jainism
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3000, Loyola Marymount University. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00pm
The Tirthankara (or Jina) is at the centre of Jain ritual and devotional life. In his liberated state, he is entirely devoid of raga (attachment) and dvesa (aversion) and is therefore completely disengaged from the world. He responds to no prayers or petitions, and dispenses no saving grace; transactionally he is nonexistent. Nevertheless, he remains a central focus of much heart-felt devotion. The Jina – though central – is not the sole focus of Jain devotion. A great many other divinities share the devotional landscape, often presiding over specific domains of need. Drawing upon textual sources as well as upon phenomenological-anthropological research, we will discuss the nature of Jina devotion, as well as devotion to more worldly-focused divinities within the Jaina tradition.
Dr. Kamini Gogri is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research Associate at the Buddihist Center and Coordinator for the Jainology, Indian Aesthetics and Communal Harmony Courses at the University of Mumbai.
M2 Project: A Mindful Sound Concert with Diana Winston, Jahna and Michael Perricone, and Alicia Spillias
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3000, Loyola Marymount University. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
Mindfulness is the act of paying conscious attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and the willingness to be with what is. Experience this during a very special meditation and sound concert with a brief introduction to mindfulness followed by meditation exercises led by Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA. Joining Diana is M2 Project’s Jahna Perricone, a mindfulness facilitator (CMF/UCLA) and singer; Master Tibetan Singing Bowl Artist, Michael Perricone; and violinist, Alicia Spillias. They will enliven the evening with music that accesses deeper meditative states.
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the co-author, with Susan Smalley PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness (DaCapo, 2010). She teaches mindful awareness practices to the general public to promote health and well-being. Jahna Perricone, CMF, is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is Director of Mindfulness Programs at C3, Center for Conscious Creatives (node of the Millennium Project), and has led several mindfulness workshops. An accomplished singer, she is currently completing a Mindfulness for Beginners Series on a popular yoga online site and will be releasing her first album of original songs, ‘Into The Mindful Wild’, in early January 2015. www.jahnamusic.com. Michael Perricone is a Master Tibetan Singing Bowl Artist and musician who has performed at the Hammer, MOCA and Fowler Museums, numerous festivals, as well as for several movie and internet sites. He is the recording artist and producer of several music albums, and is the co-owner and CEO of Lotus Post, the finest post recording studio on the west side (imdb). www.lotuspost.com. Alicia Spillias has been trained classically on the violin for 24 years and has also branched off into other genres of music including folk and rock/pop. Currently she gigs around Los Angeles with her group, the Organic String Quartet, plays for a variety of orchestras and does session work for film and television. Alicia is an accomplished vocalist, trained classically since the age of 6 and received her BM in Vocal Performance from Cal State, Northridge. www.organicstringquartet.com.
LMU Graduate Open House
University Hall 1840, Loyola Marymount University. December 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Students attending the Graduate Open House will have the opportunity to meet with program directors and faculty, take a campus tour, and learn about the financial aid and admission process.
10:00 a.m. - Arrival and check-in. There will be a meet & greet held in the Roski dining room. Refreshments will be served.
10:30 a.m. - Opening remarks by Dean Shane Martin.
10:45 a.m. - Yoga Info Session: Program director Dr. Christopher Chapple will meet with interested graduate prospects.
12:00 p.m. - Campus tour for those interested.
Hindu Puja and the Christian Eucharist: A Theological Comparison
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3000, Loyola Marymount University. Wednesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:00pm
Fr. Noel Sheth, S.J. is a former President and Professor of Indian Philosophies and Religions at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, in Pune, India. He is also a former Rector of Papal Seminary, Pune. On several occasions, Fr. Noel Sheth has chaired individual sessions of Sections of the World Sanskrit Conferences. He was the Chief Chairperson or Convener of the "History of Religion" Section of the 14th World Sanskrit Conference, held in Kyoto, Japan, in September 2009. His publications deal with the exegesis of Sanskrit and Pali texts, on Hinduism, Buddhism, and on comparative philosophy and theology. At Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth he has taught many courses in Hinduism, a course on Buddhism, and a course on Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Sikhism.