Graham Schweig

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Graham M. Schweig was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Washington, DC. He joined the faculty at Christopher Newport University in August, 2000, and is currently Professor of Religion and,[1] Director of Studies in Religion, and former inaugural Director of the Asian Studies program. He is also Distinguished Research and Teaching Faculty at The Mira & Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California beginning June, 2017.

Schweig earned his B.A. in Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies from American University, an M.A. in South Asian Studies from the University of Chicago, an M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) and a Th.M. (Master of Theology) from Harvard University, and his doctorate in Comparative Religion is from Harvard University. He was a resident fellow of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard. Schweig was Lecturer at Duke University and later Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia while teaching at Christopher Newport University. Since 2007, Schweig has presented over three dozen invited lectures in his field at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Schweig is an "experienced registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level (ERYT-500 as well as YACEP)" with Yoga Alliance, and he has held numerous teacher training workshops in the areas of yoga philosophy, history of yoga, Sanskrit for yoga teachers, and advanced trainings in meditation for teachers of yoga.

Schweig has over one hundred publications, such as journal articles, encyclopedia articles, reviews, book chapters, along with several books in the field. His book, Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rasa Lila of Krishna [2] (Princeton University Press, 2005) presents an introduction to, comprehensive treatment and translation of the Bhagavata Purana's five chapters on the Rasa Dance of Krishna with the cowherd maidens of Vraja. Another of his works is an introduction to, translation and interpretation of the Bhagavad-gita, entitled Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song (Harper One / Harper Collins Publishers, 2010). His most recent work is A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, by Tamal Krishna Goswami, edited with an introduction and conclusion by Graham M. Schweig (Oxford University Press, New York, 2012). He is currently working on a translation and interpretation of the Yoga Sūtra (forthcoming from Yale University Press) as well as several other volumes.

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  • Graham M. Schweig Dance of Divine Love: the Rāsa Līlā of Krishna from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, India’s Classic Sacred Love Story / introduced, translated and illuminated by Graham M. Schweig. — 1st ed. — Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. — xxiii, 390 p. — ISBN 0-691-11446-3
  • Graham M. Schweig Dance of Divine Love: The Rāsa Līlā of Krishna from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. India’s Classic Sacred Love Story. — 2nd ed. — Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 2007. — xxiii, 390 p. — ISBN 81-208-3140-3
  • Graham M. Schweig, et al. Asceticism, Identity, and Pedagogy in Dharma Traditions. — illustrated. — Deepak Heritage Books, 2006. — xxix, 189 p. — (Indic Heritage Series. Contemporary Issues in Constructive Dharma Vol. 3). — ISBN 0-937194-50-6
  • Graham M. Schweig Bhagavad Gītā: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song. — 1st ed. — San Francisco: Harper One / Harper Collins Publishers, 2007. — 368 p. — ISBN 0-06-075425-7
  • Graham M. Schweig Synthesis and Divinity: Shri Chaitanya's Philosophy of Achintya-bhed-abheda-Tattva // T. D. Singh & Ravi V. Gomatam Synthesis of Science and Religion: Critical Essays and Dialogues. — San Francisco: Bhaktivedanta Institute, 1987. — pp. 420–429. — ISBN 0-941525-01-5.
  • Graham M. Schweig Sparks from God: A Phenomenological Sketch of Symbol // Joseph H. Smith & Susan A. Handelman Psychoanalysis and Religion (Volume 11 of Psychiatry and the Humanities). — Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990. — pp. 174-. — ISBN 0-8018-3895-9.
  • Graham M. Schweig Viśvanātha’s Gurvaṣṭakam and the Understanding of Guru in Chaitanyaite Vaishnavism // Journal of Vaishnava Studies. — Nyack, NY: A Deepak Publishing, 2003. — Vol. 12. — № 1. — pp. 113–126.
  • Graham M. Schweig Bhajan // Peter J. Claus, Sarah Diamond & Margaret Ann Mills South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. — Taylor & Francis, 2003. — pp. 58–59. — ISBN 0-415-93919-4.
  • Graham M. Schweig Krishna, the Intimate Deity // Edwin Bryant and Maria Ekstrand The Hare Krishna Movement: The Post-Charismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant. — New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. — pp. 13–30. — ISBN 0-231-12256-X.
  • Graham M. Schweig Gangamata Goswamini (18th cent. CE): Hindu Vaishnava ruler, renunciant // Phyllis G. Jestice Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, Volume 3. — ABC-CLIO, 2004. — pp. 292. — ISBN 1-57607-355-6.
  • Graham M. Schweig Gopi/The Gopis: Legendary Hindu devotees // Phyllis G. Jestice Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, Volume 3. — ABC-CLIO, 2004. — pp. 316–317. — ISBN 1-57607-355-6.
  • Graham M. Schweig Dying the Good Death: The Transfigurative Power of Bhakti // Anna S. King & J. L. Brockington The Intimate Other: Love Divine in Indic Religions. — Orient Blackswan, 2005. — pp. 369–408. — ISBN 81-250-2801-3.
  • Graham M. Schweig The Divine Feminine in the Theology of Krishna // Edwin F. Bryant Krishna: A Sourcebook. — Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. — pp. 441–474. — ISBN 0-19-514891-6.
  • Graham M. Schweig Bhagavad Gita // Yudit K. Greenberg Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Volume 1. — ABC-CLIO, 2008. — pp. 76–79. — ISBN 1-85109-980-8.
  • Graham M. Schweig Gita Govinda // Yudit K. Greenberg Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Volume 1. — ABC-CLIO, 2008. — pp. 247–249. — ISBN 1-85109-980-8.
  • Graham M. Schweig Prema // Yudit K. Greenberg Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Volume 1. — ABC-CLIO, 2008. — pp. 478–479. — ISBN 1-85109-980-8.


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