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saving-yogis.jpgLucia, Amanda. Saving Yogis: Spiritual Nationalism and the Proselytizing Missions of Global Yoga. In: Brown, Bernardo E. & Brenda S.A. Yeoh (eds),
Asian Migrants and Religious Experience: From Missionary Journeys to Labor Mobility. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. ISBN 978-9462982321. DOI: 10.5117/ 9789462982321/CH02

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“The portable practice of yoga first migrated through unidirectional networks that transported knowledge from India to the West in the early twentieth century. Today, yoga flows through multidirectional and reverse networks, exposing new forms of hypermobility. This chapter analyzes one of these reverse networks by focusing particularly on how North American yogis export yoga globally through proselytization, marketing, and yoga sevā (‘selfless service’) tourism. It reveals how these modern yogis construct the practice as a universal good, and the benefits of ‘doing yoga”’ are often parsed with religious language. The author argues that the current hypermobility of yoga is more productively analyzed through missiological models of proselytization and conversion as opposed to economic models of production and consumption.”

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9780415819589Schedneck, Brooke. Thailand’s International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices. Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series 3. New York, Routledge: 2015. (198 p. ISBN 978-0-415-81958-9)

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“This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through an examination of how meditation centers are promoted internationally, the author considers how Thai Buddhism is translated for and embodied within international tourists who participate in meditation retreats in Thailand.Shedding new light on the decontextualization of religious practices, and raising new questions concerning tourism and religion, this book focuses on the nature of cultural exchange, spiritual tourism, and religious choice in modernity.

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CourseraBuddhist Meditation and the Modern World [Link]

You can now sign up for free for this coursera course with instructors David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. It is scheduled to start in June and will feature 13 weeks of study at 2-6 hours of study a week. Highly recommended!

“Introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises.

The course will be co-taught by David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer, and will be include extensive contributions from scientists, people involved with integrating in practice, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

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