Dreaming in the World's Religions
A Comparative History
By (author) Kelly Bulkeley
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Dreaming in the World's Religions by Kelly Bulkeley
Book DescriptionFrom Biblical stories of Joseph interpreting Pharoh's dreams in Egypt to prayers against bad dreams in the Hindu Rg Veda, cultures all over the world have seen their dreams first and foremost as religiously meaningful experiences. In this widely shared view, dreams are a powerful medium of transpersonal guidance offering the opportunity to communicate with sacred beings, gain valuable wisdom and power, heal suffering, and explore new realms of existence. Conversely, the world's religious and spiritual traditions provide the best source of historical information about the broad patterns of human dream life Dreaming in the World's Religions provides an authoritative and engaging one-volume resource for the study of dreaming and religion. It tells the story of how dreaming has shaped the religious history of humankind, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Qur'an of Islam, from the conception dream of Buddhas mother to the sexually tempting nightmares of St. Augustine, from the Ojibwa vision quest to Australian Aboriginal journeys in the Dreamtime. Bringing his background in psychology to bear, Kelly Bulkeley incorporates an accessible consideration of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology into this fascinating overview. Dreaming in the World's Religions offers a carefully researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a powerful, unpredictable, often iconoclastic force in human religious life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814799574
(5830mm x 3895mm x 20mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kelly Bulkeley
Big Dreams, Hardback (April 2016)
Big Dreams is the first full-scale cognitive scientific analysis of highly memorable dreams, with an original theory about their formation, function, and meaning. The book draws on evidence from religious studies, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience to explore how big dreams are a wellspring of religious experience.
Soul, Psyche, Brain, Paperback (November 2005)
Presenting a collection of essays, this book address the relationships between neuroscience, religion and human nature. It explores questions like: what can knowledge about the neurological activities of the brain tell us about consciousness? And what are the practical implications of brain-mind science for ethics and moral reasoning?
Wondering Brain, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Kelly Bulkeley
This book argues that the profounded questions raised by cognitive neuroscience may best be answered through a dialogue with religion.
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Author Biography - Kelly Bulkeley
Kelly Bulkeley is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is a former President of the Association for the Study of Dreams. His books include The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture; An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming; Visions of the Night: Dreams, Religion, and Psychology; and The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion with and beyond Cognitive Neuroscience.
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