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Kripal, Jeffrey J. (Jeffrey John) 1962-

Works: 30 works in 169 publications in 2 languages and 10,133 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Miscellanea  Handbooks and manuals  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BL2525, 130
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Publications about Jeffrey J Kripal
Publications by Jeffrey J Kripal
Most widely held works by Jeffrey J Kripal
Esalen : America and the religion of no religion by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 821 libraries worldwide
Esalen has always been on the edge. Famous for its natural hot springs and stunning locale on the face of the Pacific coastline, the institute has long been a world leader in alternative and experiential education. Such luminaries as Henry Miller, Joseph Campbell, Aldous Huxley, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson, and others have gathered there to develop their revolutionary ideas, transformative spiritual practices, and innovative art forms. Jeffrey Kripal here recounts the spectacular history of Esalen and its birth in the American counterculture. Forged in the literary and mythical leanings of the Beat Generation, inspired in the lecture halls of Stanford by radical scholars of comparative religion, the institute was the remarkable brainchild of Michael Murphy and Richard Price. Set against the heady backdrop of California during the revolutionary 1960s, Esalen recounts in fascinating detail how these two maverick thinkers sought to fuse the spiritual revelations of the East with the scientific revolutions of the West, or to combine the very best elements of Zen Buddhism, Western alchemy, and Indian yoga particularly in its Tantric forms into a decidedly utopian vision that rejected the dogmas of conventional religion. In their religion of no religion, the natural world was just as crucial as the spiritual one, science and faith not only commingled but became staunch allies, and the enlightenment of the body through self-enhancement and, yes, free love could lead to the full realization of our development as human beings. Darwin, Tantric sex, cold war physics, psychedelic drugs, golf, and, of course, religion all come into play in a book that can only be described as monumental. Esalen is a prehistory of our nation s current fascination with Eastern religions, our steadily growing acceptance of the supernatural in everyday life and a surprising page-turner
Mutants and mystics : science fiction, superhero comics, and the paranormal by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 563 libraries worldwide
"Account of how comic book heroes have helped their creators and fans alike explore and express a wealth of paranormal experiences ignored by mainstream science. Delving deeply into the work of major figures in the field--from Jack Kirby's cosmic superhero sagas and Philip K. Dick's futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore's sex magic and Whitley Strieber's communion with visitors--Kripal shows how creators turned to science fiction to convey the reality of the inexplicable and the paranormal they experienced in their lives. Expanded consciousness found its language in the metaphors of sci-fi--incredible powers, unprecedented mutations, time-loops and vast intergalactic intelligences--and the deeper influences of mythology and religion that these in turn drew from; the wildly creative work that followed caught the imaginations of millions. Moving deftly from Cold War science and Fredric Wertham's anticomics crusade to gnostic revelation and alien abduction, Kripal spins out a hidden history of American culture, rich with mythical themes and shot through with an awareness that there are other realities far beyond our everyday understanding."--Jacket
Kālī's child : the mystical and the erotic in the life and teachings of Ramakrishna by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 libraries worldwide
Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 427 libraries worldwide
Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion. --Book jacket
Encountering Kali : in the margins, at the center, in the West by Rachel Fell McDermott( Book )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
An exploration of the Hindu goddess Kālī, this text uses scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection and the Internet to illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural understanding
The serpent's gift : gnostic reflections on the study of religion by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 343 libraries worldwide
?Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field.? With those words in Genesis, God condemns the serpent for tempting Adam and Eve, and the serpent has shouldered the blame ever since. But how would the study of religion change if we looked at the Fall from the snake?s point of view? Would he appear as a bringer of wisdom, more generous than the God who wishes to keep his creation ignorant?. Inspired by the early Gnostics who took that startling view, Jeffrey J. Kripal uses the serpent as a starting point for a groundbreaking reconsideration of
Roads of excess, palaces of wisdom : eroticism & reflexivity in the study of mysticism by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
On the edge of the future : Esalen and the evolution of American culture ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in Undetermined and English and held by 206 libraries worldwide
Vishnu on Freud's desk : a reader in psychoanalysis and Hinduism by T. G Vaidyanathan( Book )
15 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
Crossing boundaries : essays on the ethical status of mysticism ( Book )
8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
"The contemporary study of religion has witnessed a consistent interest in and concern about the relationship between the unitive, ascetic, and ecstatic tendencies of mystical traditions and the more mundane but ethically pressing realms of society, custom, and civilized life. Crossing Boundaries explores these issues anew in a series of original essays on the mystical traditions themselves (from Kabbalah to Chinese religion) and on some of the most pressing theoretical issues and theorists (from Bergson to Schuon) of the twentieth-century study of religion."--BOOK JACKET
Hidden intercourse : eros and sexuality in the history of Western esotericism by Wouter J Hanegraaff( Book )
20 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 125 libraries worldwide
"From rumours about gnostic orgies in antiquity to the explicit erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced by contemporary occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the history of Western esotericism is rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality. This volume, which brings together an impressive array of top-level specialists, is the first to analyze the eroticism of the esoteric without sensationalism or cheap generalizations, but on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail."--Jacket
Comparing religions : coming to terms by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
17 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 91 libraries worldwide
"Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world. A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religions Draws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practices Provides both a history and understanding of comparative practice and a series of thematic chapters showing how responsible practice is done A three part structure provides readers with a map and effective process through which to grasp this challenging but fascinating approach The author is a leading academic, writer, and exponent of comparative practice Contains numerous learning features, including chapter outlines, summaries, toolkits, discussion questions, a glossary, and many images Supported by a companion website (available on publication) at, which includes information on individual religious traditions, links of other sites, an interview with the author, learning features, and much more"--Amazon
Religion : super religion ( Book )
4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
This volume reexamines the supernatural in the study of religion for the next generation of students and scholars. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to a variety of religious traditions to engage with new thinking about such classical and contemporary topics as spirits, possession, vision, deification, the miraculous, magical powers, and the paranormal, relating to such fields as modern medicine, cultural anthropology, folklore studies, and popular culture studies
Religion : sources, perspectives, and methodologies ( Book )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
This volume serves as a primer to the study of religion. By employing literature, film, art, history, and other disciplines, it begins with a brief history of the modern practice, segues into religion and the social sciences, continues with chapters on Gnosticism, material culture, studies of myths and rituals, which serve as introductions to the subfields covered in the succeeding nine volumes in the series
Autores de lo imposible : lo paranormal y lo sagrado by Jeffrey J Kripal( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Seriously strange : thinking anew about psychical experiences ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
The super natural : a new vision of the unexplained by Whitley Strieber( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Two leading authors on the alien abduction and the religious anomalous experience present an intellectual analysis of why paranormal phenomena are a real, however fantastical, part of the natural world that can be authenticated through key changes in perspective. --Publisher's description
The unknown, remembered gate : religious experience and hermeneutical reflection ( Book )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Reality against society William Blake, antinomianism, and the American counterculture by Jeffrey J Kripal( file )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
The super natural : a new vision of the unexplained by Whitley Strieber( file )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Two of today's maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real. Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences. Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors--one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and "renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies" (The New York Times)--deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life. Their suggestion' That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible." The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world"--And all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it. From the Hardcover edition
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Jeffrey J. Kripal professor of philosophy and religious thought
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