Graham M. Schweig, Ph.D.
Christopher Newport University
Jeffery Long, Ph.D.
Ramdas Lamb, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii-Manoa
Adarsh Deepak, Ph.D.
Dharma Association of North America (DANAM), Poquoson, Virginia
volume contains the proceedings of three sessions at the Third Dharma
Association of North America (DANAM) Conference, held at the site of the
American Association of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, USA, 18–20 November 2005. Over 100 participants from
universities and nonprofit institutions in the USA, Canada, UK, Belgium,
Egypt and India attended the conference. Complete texts of the four
papers presented in the session are included in this volume.
Topics addressed include "Who is a Hindu?" The attempt to
define Hinduism, to delineate its boundaries, involves a delicate
balance, and four of the papers address this issue in various ways.
is an independent, non-political, membership-based, non-profit scholarly
organization based in Virginia, with a focus on constructive engagement
in the study of Dharma traditions, understood as the indigenous
traditions of India. DANAM’s general focus continues to be on the
conceptual, reflective study of these traditions through a North
American contextual lens. (The mission and objectives of DANAM are described
at its web site at www.danam-web.org.)