Department of South and 850 56th Street

Southeast Asian StudiesOakland, CA 94605

University of California510.575.4030

Berkeley, CA 94702cpt@berkeley.edu

510.642.4219


EDUCATION


University of California, Berkeley, California

Ph.D. in South Asian Studies (Sanskrit), expected 03/09.

M.A. in South Asian Studies (Sanskrit), 05/06.


Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), 06/01.


University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

B.A. in Religion, 12/97.

B.A. in History, 12/97.


DISSERTATION


My Ph.D. dissertation, titled “The Integrity of Yoga Within the Context of Early Shaiva Ritual” is  a critical edition and translation, deriving from 10 manuscripts, of the Sārdhatriśatikālottara Tantra’s chapters on Nirvāṇa Dīkṣā, the primary Śaiva rite of initiation. Excerpts of this work will be included in the forthcoming anthology called the Tantric Reader, marking it the first publication of a critically edited  passage on Nirvāṇa Dīkṣā that derives from a primary Śaiva text (tantra or āgama).


PRIMARY UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Adjunct Faculty, South and Southeast Asian Studies N51, “Intro Topics in Religious Studies: The Yoga Tradition in Theory and Practice,” University of California, Berkeley, Summer 2008.


Creator, Director, Instructor, Religious Studies/Art Practice 198A, “Meditation, Mysticism, and the Mind,” University of California, Berkeley, 2002-2008. Website: meditate.berkeley.edu.

-With over 2,500 students enrolled throughout the past 7 years, the course has been the most attended course at the University of California during this period of time.

-The course teaches mysticism and meditation from many of the world’s religious traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity, Kabbalah, Shamanism, and more.

-As director, I have organized and facilitated a team of 8-10 teaching assistants (per semester), designed all of the course requirements, reading lists, discussion/practice sections, and lecture formats throughout its existence over the past 10 semesters.

-Each semester I teach (in the weekly lectures) at least four of the traditions partially listed above and lead weekly discussion/practice sections.

-I have organized the visit of 12 different outside lecturers for the course over the past six years, many of whom return to speak each semester.


Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Society 58, “Hinduism,” Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA, Spring 2005.


Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Society 53, “Mystical Traditions,” Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA, Fall 2004.


Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Society 58, “Hinduism,” Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Spring 2004.


Adjunct Faculty, South Asian Studies R5A: “Great Books of India (up to 1600 c.e.),” University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2003.


Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Society 53, “Mystical Traditions,” Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA, Spring 2003.


SECONDARY UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Course Reader, Religious Studies 165, “Hindu Mythology,” taught by Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2007.

-Duties included attending all lectures, grading exams and term papers, facilitating exam reviews and conducting paper writing workshops for the students of the course.


Course Reader, Religious Studies 165, “Hindu Mythology,” taught by Luis Gonzalez-Reimann, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2006.


Graduate Student Instructor, Religious Studies 90B, “Christian Mysticism,” University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2006.

-Duties included attending all lectures, teaching two discussion groups per week, grading exams and term papers, facilitating exam reviews, and conducting paper writing workshops for the students of the course.


Graduate Student Instructor, Religious Studies 90A, “The Rig Veda,” taught by Luis Gonzalez-Reimann, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2005.

-Duties (for ‘graduate student instructor’ position) are the same as above.


Course Reader, Religious Studies 142, “The Hindu Epics: Rāmāyana and Mahābhārata,” taught by Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2005.

-Duties (for ‘course reader’ position) are the same as above.


Course Reader, Religious Studies 165, “Hindu Mythology,” taught by Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2004.

-Duties (for ‘course reader’ position) are the same as above.


Course Reader, South and Southeast Asian Studies 108, “Psychology and Traditional India,” taught by Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2004.

-Duties (for ‘course reader’ position) are the same as above.


Graduate Student Instructor, Religious Studies 90A, “The Rig Veda,” taught by Luis Gonzalez-Reimann, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2002.

-Duties (for ‘graduate student instructor’ position) are the same as above.


Graduate Student Instructor, Religious Studies 90A, “The Book of Genesis,” taught by Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2001.

-Duties (for ‘graduate student instructor’ position) are the same as above.


ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE


I have held numerous Yoga Teacher Training positions since 2002, most regularly at the following Institutions (although I have taught all over the United States):


Yoga Tree, San Franciso, CA

Rudra Mandir,  Berkeley, CA

Yoga Kula, Berkeley and San Francisco, CA

Yoga of Los Altos, Los Altos, CA



SELECT PRESENTATIONS


Keynote Speaker, International Taoist Conference, “The Path of the Spiritual Seeker in Taoism,” Oakland, CA, October 2007.


Visiting Instructor, Rudra Mandir, “Sacred Geometry in the Goddess Tantras,” Berkeley CA, October 2007.


Visiting Instructor, Vira Yoga, “The Tantric Philosophy of ‘Spanda’ (Vibration),” August 2007, New York, NY (one day).


Presenter, International Taoist Conference, “The Liberating Power of Emptiness: The Taoist Doctrine of Wu-Wei,” October 2006, concurrent session, Oakland CA (brochure enclosed).


Visiting Instructor, Napa Valley Yoga, “The Integrity of Classical Yoga,”

October 2006, Napa, CA.


Visiting Instructor, Napa Valley Yoga, “Kuṇḍalinī Yoga,” August 2006, Napa CA.


Visiting Instructor, Rudra Mandir,, “The Essence of Tantra” Series, taught in 12 classes from May to June of 2006, Berkeley CA.


Presenter, International Taoist Conference, “Sacred Geometry in Taoism and South Asian Tantrism,” October 2006, main session, San Francisco, CA.


Visiting Instructor, Yoga of Los Altos, “Patañjala Yoga Meditation,” a workshop series, October-November 2005, Los Altos CA (brochure enclosed).


Visiting Instructor for the U.S. Olympic Luge Teams (Men and Women), “The Philosophy of Meditation,” August 2005, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid, NY (one day).

-This class included a 20 minute meditation practice.

-Featured in an Associated Press article entitled “USA Luge Trains the Body and Mind to Prepare for Torino.”


Visiting Instructor, Dover Yoga, “The Integrity of Classical Yoga,” July 2005, Dover NH (one day).


Presenter, International Taoist Conference, “The Tao of Yoga,” October 2004, concurrent session, Oakland CA.


Presenter, Theories and Methods Conference, “The Deification of the Pallava Kings of South India,” May 2004, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.


Presenter, “The Yoga Tradition in Theory and Praxis,” sponsored by the Religious Studies Department at 207 Daly Science building, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA, March 2nd, 2004.


THE YOGA FOUNDATION


Founder, Facilitator, and Faculty Member of the Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers educational for students in the United States. The Foundation is an educational resource strives to educate the public, as much as it is possible, on the history, ontology, and soteriology of the various Indian-based Yoga traditions.    website:  HYPERLINK "http://www.yogasthana.org" www.yogasthana.org.


PUBLICATIONS


Author, “The Integrity of Yoga Within the Context of Early Shaiva Ritual:  a Critical Edition and Translation of the Sārdhatriśatikālottara Tantra’s Chapters on Nirvāṇa Dīkṣā,” edited by Dr. Somadeva Vasudeva, to be published in 2009.


Author, “The Cittasaṃtoṣatriṃśikā of Maheśvara Nāga: An Introduction to the Krama Hymns of Medieval Tantric Śaivism,” edited by Dr. Somadeva Vasudeva, to be published in 2009.


Author, “The Tao as Mind: Consciousness and the Non-Duality of Science and Mysticism,” in The Empty Vessel, pgs. 45-55, January 2005.


Sanskrit Editor for the Paramarthasāra of Abhinavagupta (with translation and annotation), published by the Muktabodha Indological Institute.


Editor, Wisdom’s Blossoms: Stories of India’s Saints, Shambala Press, 2002.


MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION


Tantric Hymns of Enlightenment, translations (from Sanskrit) and annotations of 15 hymns found within the Shaiva Tantra corpus, critically edited from paper palm-leaf manuscripts, co-authored with Christopher Wallis and Somadeva Vasudeva, 2009.


The Yoga of the Svayambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha Tantra, a critical edition of the Yoga Pāda of the Svayambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha, 2009.


The Yoga of the Śāradā Tilaka Tantra, a critical edition of the 25th chapter of the Śāradā Tilaka Tantra, 2009 (complete).


AWARDS AND HONORS


* Member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honors Society in the Study of Religion.


*Research Grant, Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, Fall 2007.

-This was essentially a travel grant to critically edit Sanskrit texts pertinent to my doctoral work with Professor Somadeva Vasudeva at Columbia University, New York, NY.


*Normative Time Fellowship (for doctoral candidates), University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2007.


*Block Grant, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, every Fall semester from 2001-2007.


*Humanities Grant, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, Fall of 1998 and 1999.


TRAVEL AND RESEARCH IN INDIA


In the summers of 2001, 2002, and 2003, I conducted field research throughout the southern state of Tamil Nadu for my (U.C. Berkeley) Master’s Thesis, entitled: “Double Entendre in Māmallapuram’s Great Penance Relief: A Poetic Eulogy to God-Kings in Stone.” 


This research included extensive surveys, at multiple locales, of the great rock-cut architecture of the medieval Pallavan dynasty. It was complimented by extensive studies into the rise of devotional Hinduism in South India.  Overall, I have traveled throughout India and Nepal eight times for a cumulative stay of three years.


LANGUAGES


Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, classical Tibetan, Hindi, French, German.



TEACHING INTERESTS


Hinduism

-The Tantric Tradition

-Classical Hinduism (Epics and Purāṇas)

-Vedas and Upanishads

-The Yoga Tradition

Sanskrit (all levels)

Buddhism

-Theravāda

-Mahāyāṇa

-The Tantric Tradition

-East Asian Buddhism

Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion

History of Religion

Psychology of Religion

Religion and Gender

Religion and Trans-national Identity

Taoism

Mystical Traditions

-of all major world religions

Christian Scriptures

Christian and Jewish Gnosticism

Curriculum Vitae with Teaching Dossier

Christopher P. Tompkins

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