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Dimple Dhanani
B.A. Arizona State University, Religious Studies (2011)

M.A. Plan B Project: Towards a Hermeneutics of the Visible in Modern Hinduism: Darśan, Disciplehood, and the Internet

Dimple is interested in lived religion in America, specifically with issues of Hinduism, the Indian diaspora and religious media. Her research project centered around the mediation of the guru-disciple relationship in America through video, images and text. Her broader interests include religious conflict, secularism and pluralism.

Samuel GrimesSamuel Grimes
B.A. Virginia Commonwealth University (2010, Religious Studies)

Sam studies India, Sanskrit and the thought that shapes South Asian religion. He is especially interested in Hindu tantra and the incorporation of tantric thought into its practices. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and did a brief stint in the US Virgin Islands working on boats before relocating to Hawaii.

Jared Feller
B.S. Brigham Young University, Global Studies and International Development (2011)

Jared is interested in the academic study of Mormonism. His current research interests focus on the history, diffusion, and persistence of Mormonism in the Pacific Islands. He is also particularly interested in the Mormon theological tradition, the life and thought of Joseph Smith, and comparative religion.

Kayla Keehu
B.A. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (2009, Religion)

M.A. Thesis: From Prāṇa to Prāṇāyāma: Ancient Sources, Modern Interpretations

Kayla studied Indian religions with a focus on Hinduism. Her main interests lie in the different aspects of the Raja Yoga system, particularly that of restricted breathing, healing, and use of mantras in yoga. In her thesis she traced the development of these practices and highlighted where they have changed within different groups. She learned Sanskrit and is also interested in mysticism and the tantric traditions.

Camille Mori Camille Mori
B.A. Union College (2010, East Asian Studies)

M.A. Thesis: Kakuban's Incorporation of Pure Land Practices: The Catalyst for the Restoration of Shingon during the Late Heian Period
Thesis available here: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/27696

Camille is deeply interested in Tantric Buddhism, specifically Japanese Shingon Buddhism. After having spent a year studying in Japan at Taishō University she wrote her thesis on the Shingon monk Kakuban.

Suzanne_name
B.A. Eckerd College (2009, East Asian Studies)

Suzanne focused her research on Buddhism and produced a final presentation entitled "The Samādhi of Hearing: Hanshan Deqing and His Emulation of Guanyin in the Śūraṅgama Sūtra."

Personal website: http://seasreflectingstarlight.com

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