Pravrajika Vrajaprana

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Pravrajika Vrajaprana
Born 1952
Nationality American
Occupation Nun at Vedanta Society, Writer
Known for Writer on Vedanta, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Christopher Isherwood.

Pravrajika Vrajaprana is a writer on Vedanta, the history and growth of the Vedanta Societies[1][2] and a nun at the Vedanta Society of Southern California's Sarada Convent.[3][4][5] She is also a well known speaker and scholar on Hinduism and has given talks at several universities and interfaith gatherings.[6] Her works on Vedanta include, Vedanta: A Simple Introduction (1999), editor of Living Wisdom (1994). She is the co-author, with Swami Tyagananda, of Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali's Child Revisited (2010).[7]

Pravrajika Vrajaprana was born in California in 1952. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also worked briefly as Associate Professor of Literature.[8] She came in contact with Swami Prabhavananda at the Vedanta Society of Santa Barbara in 1967, while involved with anti-Vietnam war activism.[4] In 1977 she joined the Sarada Convent of the Vedanta Society at Santa Barbara.[3] She took the first vows of brahmacharya in 1983 and had final vows of sannyasa in 1988.[8]

Vrajaprana was a co-speaker with the 14th Dalai Lama at the Interfaith Conference in San Francisco (2006).[9] She was a panelist in the discussion on Interpreting Ramakrishna at DANAM, held at the annual AAR meeting 2010.[10][11]

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  1. ^ Eugene V. Gallagher, W. Michael Ashcraft (2006). Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 10. 
  2. ^ Beckerlegge, Gwilym (2004). "The Early Spread of Vedanta Societies: An Example of "Imported Localism"". Numen. Brill Publishers. 51 (3): 301. doi:10.1163/1568527041945526. JSTOR 3270585. 
  3. ^ a b Bardach, Ann Louise (April 2010). "Shangri-La". LA Yoga Magazine. 9 (3). Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Philip Goldberg (2010). American Veda. Crown Publishing. pp. 84–85. 
  5. ^ Bucknell, Katherine (2010). The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969. HarperCollins. pp. xl. 
  6. ^ The Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence 2012 Archived 2012-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Philip Goldberg (2010). American Veda. Crown Publishing. p. 357. 
  8. ^ a b Anna Lännström (2004). Stranger's Religion. University of Notre Dame Press. p. xvii. 
  9. ^ Kim Vo (April 16, 2006). "Dalai Lama promotes harmony of religions". Mercury News. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Panel discussion on Interpreting Ramakrishna" (PDF). Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM). Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  11. ^ Pedersen, Kusumita P. (March 2011), "Book Reviews : Interpreting Ramakrishna", Hinduism Today: 57, retrieved 3 March 2011 

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