It’s so exciting for me to have Jeffrey Kripal as a contributing teacher in The Mystery School because of how much I have been influenced by his ideas. Over the past five years through reading Kripal’s books and in private conversation I have been introduced to his understanding of how unmanifest possibilities capture the imagination of a writer who then acts as a midwife in the birth of a new possibility. I see Jeffrey Kripal’s work as a modern day continuation of the work that William James started with the 1902 publication of his classic text The Varieties of Religious Experience. It is a privilege to have Dr. Kripal here to share his work with this school.
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).
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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.
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Jeff Carreira and Dr. Jeffrey Kripal speak about the many different ways that new possibilities are brought into existence by small groups.
Jeffrey J. Kripal calls for a revolution in intellectual life.
Resources for the use of any interested colleagues, students, readers, journalists, researchers, authors, artists, and film-makers.
Members Only Workshops
Every three months Jeffrey Kripal will offer a recorded workshop in the Members Circle illuminating how new possibilities are born through our co-creative engagement with them.