kelamuni Gender: Male Age: 47 Location: Victoria About Me: The Sanskrit term “kela” is related to “keli,” which in Sanskrit means play, dalliance, or jest. The appellation “kelamuni” thus means “playful-muni.”
In a former life I was an Indologist. In my current incarnation I am exploring my capacities as a musician and transmitter of musical traditions. I remain interested in Indian intellectual history and spirituality, though I take an historical-critical approach toward modern Western appropriations of Asian religion and philosophy. For my views on such matters you can check out my web site, Explorations in Neo-Vedanta and Perennialism.
As an Indologist, I am a specialist in the thought of Shankara. As for scholars of Vedanta, I respect the work of Phyllis Granoff, Paul Hacker, Hajime Nakamura, Wilhelm Halbfass, and Sengaku Mayeda. My philosophical views have been shaped by Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Collingwood, and Kant, though I have an interest in traditional philosophers and exegetes like Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti. My personal views on spirituality can perhaps best be described as anarchic, in the spirit of figures like Asthavakra.
I studied Philosophy as an undergrad and Sanskrit at grad school. I have played in numerous orchestras and ensembles; managed a symphony orchestra for a stint; lived and studied in India; taught Buddhist Studies at a major American university; and helped raise my charming daughter...
Long term projects include: a short history of the origins of Vedanta; a collection of essays on the nature of advaita/advaya in classical Indian thought; a collection of annotated transcriptions of traditional reels and hornpipes from the Celtic and Oldtime fiddle traditions; a collection of recipes from the Moroccan, Turkish, Persian, and north Indian culinary traditions; and a CD of Donegal fiddle tunes. Member Since: Saturday, January 12 2008 6:38 PM