Contemplative Practice and Textual Agency in Advaita Vedānta

in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
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Abstract

Advaita Vedāntins consider contemplative practice (nididhyāsana) as one of the primary practices for gaining self-knowledge and liberation. However, the nature of contemplative practice is both ambiguous and contested. How do Advaita Vedānta practitioners actually engage this contemplative process? What are the relationships between contemplative practice, scriptural study, and liberating experience? This paper explores the nature of contemplative practice based on fieldwork with contemporary Advaita Vedānta monks from the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Religion

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