BREATH AWARENESS IN WORLD’S RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS

Giorgos Halkias   Breathing is a manifest condition and quintessential expression of life. It has been literally and metaphorically entangled with spiritual principles inspiring sacred meanings and practices across varied religious domains. We can surmise that the periodic operation of respiration, in its heart-felt indispensability and visceral relation to life, impressed upon devoted minds and …

Glimpses of the Greek Community from the Dhaka University Gravestones

By Helen Abadzi The Monument A small yellow building that looks a little like a Greek temple faces the campus wall near the Teacher-Student Center of Dhaka University.  It looks old and was in very bad state until the 1960s, when university authorities renovated it.  A mysterious inscription is written on the frieze above the …

THREE CENTURIES OF HELLENIC PRESENCE IN BENGAL

Dimitrios Vassiliadis There is now tangible evidence indicating that the settlement of Greek merchants in Bengal must have begun as early as the beginning of the seventeenth century. This is substantiated by the discovery of two Greek tombstones, dated 1713 and 1728, and preserved in the aisles of the Catholic Cathedral of the Virgin Mary …

SCRIPTURE AND EPIC: A COMPARATIVIST LOOKS AT THE BIOGRAPHIES OF THE BUDDHA AND ODYSSEUS

Nick J. Allen Like many students, I assume that the founder of Buddhism was himself a historical figure (how else does one explain the existence of such a founder-focused religion?), but also that very little is historical in the traditional biography, even as it is presented in the earliest sources.  What follows is a paper …

The 19th IAHR International Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Giorgos Halkias The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) is a worldwide body of national and regional associations for the study of religion. It is a member of the Counseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH), which functions under the auspices of UNESCO. Founded in 1950, the IAHR is held …

The 2005 SSEASR Regional Conference, New Delhi

Giorgos Halkias The South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion (SSEASR) Regional Conference, co-hosted by IAHR and in collaboration with Somaiya Centre of Buddhist Studies (Mumbai), convened from January 27-30 at the India International Centre (IIC), a large compound operating since 1962 and located by Lodi Gardens in New Delhi. The conference …

AN OVERVIEW OF HEALTH CARE IN THE TIBETAN MEDICAL TRADITION

Giorgos Halkias In Tibetan, medicine is called gSoba Rig-pa, the knowledge of healing. The core of the Tibetan Medical Tradition (TMT) is over 1200 years old, dating back to the times of a powerful Tibetan Empire that extended from Ganges to Samarkand, Turfan, and Tun-Huang. TMT received formative influences from Indian, Chinese, and Persian medicine, and …

Tsunami Relief Fund in Greece

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The New Year celebrations went quiet as people throughout the world watched the horrific scenes brought to our houses by the means of mass communication. The destruction ofbiblical proportions that affected the countries of  the South and South-East Asia after the powerful earthquake of the 26th December 2004 left behind hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless in a situation of direct …