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Free Amazon Prime for students [Aug. 12th, 2010|05:19 am]
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Amazon is currently giving free 1 year memberships to Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping) to current students with a .edu email address: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info I'm not sure how long they're offering this (it doesn't say on the site).

Just thought i'd give fellow students the heads up on this in case you haven't heard about it yet. This is going to save me a ton on shipping textbooks this year!
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Those with any questions or interest in Buddhism: [Jan. 22nd, 2010|09:44 pm]
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buddhistgroup is having Beginner's Week this week!

Anybody new to Buddhism, interested in it, or with any questions is encouraged to start a topic this week.

Our community is 9 days old, with already 68 members. We are dedicated practitioners from different backgrounds, in a friendly environment, and eager to help anyone out. Thanks!
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Materials [Dec. 13th, 2009|09:06 pm]
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I just finished writing a short paper on monastics in the middle ages, and I have a few articles printed out that I don't need to keep. Given that some people don't have access to databases, I might as well drop them in the mail as recycle them. PM me with an address. Anywhere in the US should be cheap enough for me to cover.

"Keeping Nuns in Order: Enforcement of the Rules in Thirteenth-Century Sempringham" - Brian Golding, from the Journal of Ecclesiastical History Vol 59, No 4, Oct 2008 out of Cambridge University Press

"The Old English Benedictine Rule; writing for women and men" - Rohini Jayatilaka, from Aglo-Saxon England Vol 32 2003

"Women Religious Virtuosae from the Middle Ages: A Case Patten and Analytic Model of Types" - Barbara Walters, from Sociology of Religion 2002

"Female Monasticism in the twelfth century: Peter Abelard, Heloise, and Paul's letter to the Romans" - Brenda Schlingden, from a book Medieval Readings of Romans
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psych. terminology, etc. [Nov. 8th, 2009|10:24 am]
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RS major at Humboldt State, here!
Does anyone know if there's a term in psychoanalysis that describes the tendency to focus one's attention on one narrow aspect of being, ignoring all other potentialities (or the multiplicity of the psyche)? An example that might describe what I'm getting at is, in the myth of Orpheus, when Orpheus abandons all other gods to worship Apollo after being painfully separated from Eurydice forever. Another related example that I'm particularly interested in is when someone who's experiencing depression (or similar emotions) becomes suddenly pessimistic, or caught up in a particular way of thinking that doesn't give any consideration to the validity of alternate views. Any input you could provide on this phenomenon would be greatly appreciated, especially if you could narrow these ideas into concrete terms or tell me where I could find more information on these concepts.
**(Bonus points for framing these concepts within a Freudian, Jungian or Archetypal perspective -- I'm trying to come up with a topic for my psychology of religion term paper; I hope I can take it in this direction and make it work...)
Thank you!
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Intro and grad school recommendations [May. 1st, 2009|04:24 pm]
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Hello! This month I am receiving my double BA in East Asian Studies and Modern Languages (from studying Chinese and Japanese), and I am interested in pursuing Religious Studies for graduate school. I have been focusing my research for the past two years (including an independent research project and senior thesis) on early medieval Daoism, and I would like to continue to study it in grad school. I am interested in becoming a college professor.

The challenge I'm finding with grad school is in finding programs that offer much in the way of Daoist studies. Many programs seem primarily focused on western religions, and out of those that do offer non-western religions, the focus tends to be on Buddhism or Hinduism with little or no study of Daoism.

I would like a program that is rooted in history. I am also interested in some comparative religious studies (I have done some work on things like influences on Hinduism on Daoism, etc.)

Programs that I've found so far / been suggested to me that I'm considering:
- University of Hawai'i
- Arizona State University

Does anyone have any other ideas for me? (Can be from any country - I enjoy traveling/living abroad.)

Thank you!
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New Community [Apr. 26th, 2009|02:19 pm]
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If this is not allowed, please let me know and I will happily take the post down.

I wanted to let you all know about the community I have just created -- </a></font></b></a>reclaiming_sex .  The focus is on people who come from a sexually detrimental religious set of beliefs who are reclaiming a healthy idea of sex. All are welcome, regardless of current or past religious beliefs. If you have been hurt by sexual repression, abuse, the exgay movement, or hate from within a religious idea, or simply want to cultivate or help others cultivate a healthier incorporation of sex into one's life, please join and share your journey with others.

On a personal note, I am a former evangelical christian, though currently highly spiritual person, who once believed that lustful thoughts, masturbation, pornography, homosexuality, etc. were all sinful especially outside of marriage. As someone who was strongly devoted to her faith throughout the teenaged and sexually developmental years, I am still feeling the repurcussions of sexual repression even now, three and a half years into my marriage. My intellectual ideas of sex have changed greatly, but my psychological and emotional responses can still hold on to old habits. I know that I can't be the only one who experiences this, so I am reaching out to the greater livejournal community to hopefully create a network of support for myself and for those like me.

I am aware that this can be a touchy issue.  Though tolerance and respect for others, regardless of their beliefs, is expected, you do not have to believe that sex outside of marriage is okay, or support homosexuality in order to join.  Maybe you are currently a strong Christian and waited until marriage to have sex, only to discover that years of sexual repression is still interfering with your marital life, even though sex is supposed to be okay now.  Whatever the case may be, if you believe you have something to contribute to the community or would appreciate the support of others, please join and spread the word.
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Judaism Books [Jan. 4th, 2009|08:31 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I'm moving in a few weeks and am trying to get rid of books I don't need... just thought I'd drop a line here to make the auction available to anyone who may be interested in them. If they don't sell I will probably donate them with many other books to Goodwill.

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An introduction [Dec. 11th, 2008|12:05 pm]
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School: Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska

Degree you are seeking: Master's/MA

Area of study: Christian ministry

What you wish to do with the degree: There are several directions I could go. I do have a strong calling to be a minister so that would be the primary focus. I could also combine this with my BA in radio broadcasting and put that to good use. I have also been encouraged to keep my options open about pursuing a doctorate so perhaps, I can incorporate a teaching role down the road. But the first two are the top goals at the moment.

Of course anything else you want us to know about you: I am an aspiring novelist and poet so in my heart, I can envision myself handling all of life's responsibilities while pursuing those avenues as well. I will however be realistic about my time and see how the Lord will use those talents. I am the oldest of two military brats and I have been married for a wonderful four and a half years to a woman I fell in love with seven years ago today. I wouldn't have imagined that I would be where I am today back in high school. The transforming power of God in your life should never, ever be downplayed...God is indeed good all the time.

I look forward to reading more from this community and helping out others who are pursuing the Lord through education as I am. :-)
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2008|10:00 am]
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Hi, all, I'm new to the community.

Here's some stuff about me:

* School: University of Washington - Seattle
*Degree you are seeking - Double major (BA) in Comparative Religion & Art History - I'm a returning student, a junior.
*Area of study - Not sure yet, but I am working a lot on church art and the Renaissance in my other major, so perhaps I'll be looking at Christianity in that time
*What you wish to do with the degree - Teach. Or lots and lots and lots of research.
*Of course anything else you want us to know about you - I've been an agnostic for about 15 years now. But there's something about religion (and art) that just pushes all my esoterica buttons.

I'm a little tired and getting ready for finals just now, so perhaps more later. I just didn't want to join without marginally introducing myself.

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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2008|05:41 am]
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Is anyone here going to the Society for the Anthropology of Religion's 2009 Biannual Meeting in Asilomar, California? It's in late March. I live in the South SF Bay and would love to find a ride there. I'd be glad to help pay for gas.

(cross-posted to anthropologist)
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