University of Calgary

Publications - 2020


"Devī Māhātmya" Oxford Bibliographies - Hinduism. ed. Tracy Coleman. New York: Oxford University Press.

Balkaran, Raj

Diplomatic Edition of the Dunhuang Tibetan Version of the Vīradattaparipṛcchā (dpa’ sbyin gyis zhus pa).

Apple, James

Hold On: The Life, Science, and Art of Waiting

Toohey, Peter

What do you do when you're not asleep and when you're not eating? You're most likely waiting - to finish work, to get home, to finish your chores. This book is not really about how to manage all that "staying where one is until a particular time or event" (OED). It's a book describing how many people experience waiting. Waiting, which is sculpted by the passing of time, is an experience just as much as it is a situation. In this book I'll be focusing on the experience, on how it feels to wait. This experience can encompass such things as hesitation and curiosity, dithering and procrastination, hunting and being hunted, fearing and being feared, dread and illness, courting and parenting, anticipation and excitement, curiosity, listening to and even performing music, being religious, being happy or unhappy, being bored and being boring, doing business and making decisions (all of which I'll discuss). Waiting is also characterized by such brain chemicals as serotonin and dopamine. They enable the experience of waiting and they can even change the way that waiting's basis, the passing of time, is registered. Waiting, probably the most commonly experienced situation that humans and animals encounter apart from sleep, is the experience that may characterize most interpersonal relations. Mismanage it - the books, the articles, and the paintings will show you - at your own risk! But this is not what I'll try to demonstrate by the end of my book - how to live better. I'm aiming to show you simply how important the experience of waiting is, in popular and highbrow culture, and, sometimes, in history, and how it is that we cope with it and often turn it to our own advantage. Waiting concluded Toohey's trio, begun with his Boredom and then Jealousy.


Kadampa (bka gdams pa) Pointing-out Instructions.

Apple, James

Purana Studies: Select Papers from the 16th World Sanskrit Conference (Bangkok, 2015)

Balkaran, Raj, Rohlman, Elizabeth M. and Taylor, McComas

The Goddess and The Sun in Indian Myth: Power, Preservation and Mirrored Māhātmyas in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa

Balkaran, Raj

In analyzing the parallels between myths glorifying the Indian Great Goddess, Durgā, and those glorifying the Sun, Sūrya, found in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, this book argues for an ideological ecosystem at work in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa privileging worldly values, of which Indian kings, the Goddess (Devī), the Sun (Sūrya), Manu and Mārkaṇḍeya himself are paragons. This book features a salient discovery in Sanskrit narrative text: just as the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa houses the Devī Māhātmya glorifying the supremacy of the Indian Great Goddess, Durgā, it also houses a Sūrya Māhātmya, glorifying the supremacy of the Sun, Sūrya, in much the same manner. This book argues that these māhātmyas were meaningfully and purposefully positioned in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, while previous scholarship has considered this haphazard interpolation for sectarian aims. The book demonstrates that deliberate compositional strategies make up the Saura–Śākta symbiosis found in these mirrored māhātmyas. Moreover, the author explores what he calls the "dharmic double helix" of Brahmanism, most explicitly articulated by the structural opposition between pravṛtti (worldly) and nivṛtti (other-worldy) dharmas. As the first narrative study of the Sūrya Māhātmya, along with the first study of the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa (or any Purāṇa), as a narrative whole, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of Religion, Hindu Studies, South Asian Studies, Goddess Studies, Narrative Theory and Comparative Mythology.

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