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William K. Mahony, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Davidson College, where he teaches courses on the religions of India. He is particularly interested in contemplative and devotional sensibilities and practices associated with those traditions.
Bill’s new book, Exquisite Love: Heart-Centered Reflections on the Narada Bhakti Sutra, published by Anusara Press and based on a 10th-11th century Sanskrit text, is on the experience, cultivation and refinement of increasingly higher levels of spiritual love in our contemporary lives. For more information, click here or here.
His other publications include The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination, published by the State University of New York Press, which is on visionary and contemplative intuitions into the sacred in some of India’s foundational religious sensibilities. For more information, click here or here.
Holding degrees from Williams College, Yale University and the University of Chicago, Bill served as one of the editors and a major contributor to the first edition of the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion. Among his many articles and chapters in edited books, a representative title would be his “In the Beginning Love Entered that One: Divine Love from a Perspective Informed by Vedic Hindu Thought” in Divine Love: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions, published by Templeton Press.
As the Past President of the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, he has participated in the preservation of many otherwise endangered Sanskrit texts.
The winner of a number of teaching awards and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Bill travels to India frequently and has lived in contemplative settings for extended periods of time.
In addition to his academic work, Bill works with the yoga community in leading these workshops and retreats on the cultivation and refinement of the spiritual life.
As he does so, he integrates knowledge of Indian philosophy gained through scholarly study with insights refined through over four decades of his own yogic practice. Bill is known for his warm, lively and compassionate teaching style that is accessible to contemporary yoga students at all levels.
In these workshops, Bill shares with participants what he himself experiences to be expansive and transforming wisdom held in texts he studies. He brings particular attention to perspectives associated with India’s contemplative and devotional spiritual traditions and to ways in which participants can fruitfully apply these perspectives in their own lives. Workshops are oriented toward discussion and include periods of meditation.
Whether you are new to the study of yoga philosophy or have undertaken this practice for some time, Bill warmly invites you to join him and others in these workshop and retreat settings, when all participants together explore and immerse themselves in ways of a life-affirming yogic life.
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