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 Path of Practice and Realization

Mario Poceski

in Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195319965
eISBN:
9780199785445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319965.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the Hongzhou school's conception of a Chan path of practice and realization. Based primarily on Baizhang's record, it focuses on that text's explication of a path of spiritual ... More


 Embodied Practices: Negotiation and Resistance

Meredith McGuire

in Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195305418
eISBN:
9780199785094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Eschewing the notion that people’s spirituality and their bodily materiality are in binary opposition, this chapter examines how people engage their material bodies in their religious and spiritual ... More


 Studying Everyday Religion: Challenges for the Future

Nancy T. Ammerman

in Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195305418
eISBN:
9780199785094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Having explored the dispatches from the field in the chapters of this book, it is apparent that there is no one summary measure of secularization or of religious strength. Existing traditions are by ... More


The Practice of Spirituality

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520213968
eISBN:
9780520924444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter considers the possibility of an alternative to dwelling-oriented and seeking-oriented spiritualities. It studies the two ways scholars have recently written about U.S. religion, and ... More


Beliefs and Practices

Nicholas M. Levine

in Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195378443
eISBN:
9780199869701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the order's beliefs and practices. Earl Blighton, known to Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) members as Father Paul, wedded new thought and an esoteric belief system that included ... More


Sex, Drugs, and Beethoven?: Circumstances and Consequences

Paul Marshall

in Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199279432
eISBN:
9780191603440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279438.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Extrovertive mystical experiences occur under a variety of circumstances. Beautiful nature scenery and psychological distress are common, whilst other circumstances, such as childbirth and sleep, are ... More


Spiritual Practices in Everyday Life

Nancy Tatom Ammerman

in Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199896448
eISBN:
9780199367702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896448.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A wide range of things people do to pursue a spiritual connection is described here. These “practices” are neither the formative life pursuits theologians describe nor the unconscious ... More


Practice, Practice, Practice

Roger S. Gottlieb

in Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199738748
eISBN:
9780199979349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter describes the essential role of practice in spiritual life. Detailed accounts are given of yoga, meditation, and prayer. The author's personal experiences of each of these forms of ... More


A License to Touch: Cosmetology as a Divine Calling

Lanita Jacobs-Huey

in From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195304169
eISBN:
9780199866939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304169.003.03
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Based on findings from a two-year study of a non-profit organization called Cosmetologists for Christ (CFC), this chapter shows how African American Christian cosmetologists use religious discourse ... More


Introduction from Angels to Aliens

Lynn Schofield Clark

in From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300239
eISBN:
9780199850525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to determine the influence of American teenagers' fascination with the paranormal and the supernatural on their religious and ... More


Living Voices

Patricia Appelbaum

in St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469623740
eISBN:
9781469624990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623740.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The author conducted a qualitative survey of contemporary Americans about their relationships to St. Francis, asking about memories, knowledge, practices, feelings, and spiritual sensibilities. This ... More


Bodies That Signify: The Madhumālatī, Part 1

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195146707
eISBN:
9780199978878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146707.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter presents a detailed reading of the allegorical centerpiece of the Madhumālatī, the head-to-foot description of the heroine's body as it unfolds in front of the enraptured gaze of the ... More


Born to a spiritual calling, across generations: cultural heritage and resistance

Barbara Rogoff

in Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195319903
eISBN:
9780199893744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319903.003.0051
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Chona's birth destiny of being a sacred midwife connects with spiritual practices stemming from centuries of confluences and conflicts in Mayan, Spanish, and United States history. Her family history ... More


From Dwelling to Seeking

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520213968
eISBN:
9780520924444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the changing character of spirituality. It shows the many ways spiritual practices have changed over the years. It then studies the spirituality of dwelling, which emphasizes ... More


Explorations of spiritual embodiment in belly dance

Angela M. Moe

in Women and Religion: Contemporary and Future Challenges in the Global Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781447336358
eISBN:
9781447336396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how US belly dancers view the practice as a spiritual endeavour, particularly in light of the negative perceptions surrounding it. It discusses findings from a decade-long ... More


The Subject

David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler

in Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226481760
eISBN:
9780226484983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226484983.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter introduces us to the "China Dream Trip," a tour of Daoist sacred sites organized by Healing Tao USA, one of American's main providers of courses and workshops on Daoist practices of ... More


The Tenacity of Spiritual Healing and Seeing

Mathijs Pelkmans

in Fragile Conviction: Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705137
eISBN:
9781501708381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705137.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines changes in the field of spiritual healing and seeing in Kokjangak. It first provides an overview of the proliferation of spiritual practices in the post-Soviet period before ... More


Being None: Family, Friends, Fido & Food

Elizabeth Drescher

in Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199341221
eISBN:
9780190263331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341221.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the spirituality of Nones by way of four, often overlapping categories of spiritual practice: enjoying time with family; enjoying time with friends; enjoying time with pets and ... More


From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural

Lynn Schofield Clark

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300239
eISBN:
9780199850525
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Left Behind series are but the latest manifestations of American teenagers' long-standing fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal. This ... More


The Fisk Concert Spiritual

Sandra Jean Graham

in Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041631
eISBN:
9780252050305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the process of musically and culturally translating oral folk spirituals into notated arranged spirituals performed on the concert stage. The American Missionary Association ... More


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