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Dr. Raimundo Panikkar

Wrong Dr. Raimundo Panikkar?

Founder and Director

Local Address: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Center for Cross-Cultural Religious Studies
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Indian philosophy and religion
    Banaras Hindu University
  • Indian philosophy and religion
    University of Mysore
  • doctorates , science , philosophy and theology
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Web References
Gifford Lecture Series - Biography - Raimon Panikkar
www.giffordlectures.org, 21 Feb 2012 [cached]
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In 1966 Panikkar took a position as visiting professor at Harvard University. For the next 21 years he taught during spring semesters in the United States and did research in India the rest of the year. He also held the chair of Comparative Religious Philosophy at the University of California in Santa Barbara (1971-1987) where he is still Emeritus Professor. In addition to being both Warner Lecturer (1978, 1981) and Gifford Lecturer (1988-1989), Panikkar has taught and lectured all over the world. He is the founder and director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Religious Studies in Santa Barbara, California, and of Vivarium, Centre d'Estudis Intercultural in Tavertet, Catalonia. Since 1993 he has also been president of the Sociedad Española de Ciencias de las Religiones in Madrid. In 1960 he was one of the founders of the NGO Pax Romana, which protects the rights and dignity of people all over the globe. He has participated in consultations for UNESCO and many other academic institutions. He was twice the special envoy for the Indian government on cultural missions to South America. Among the many awards and honorary degrees he has received are Premio spagnolo di letteratura (1961), Creu de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat de Catalunya (1999), an appointment as Chevalier des Art set des Lettres by the French government (2000), Dottore honoris causa of the University of the Balearic Islands (1997) and of the theology faculty at the University of Tübingen and the sociology faculty at the University of Urbino (2005). In addition the University of California gives the Raimundo Panikkar Award in Comparative Religions to the highest-achieving philosophy student. Panikkar moved to Tavertet (Osona), Catalonia, in 1987, where he remains active with courses, seminars and meetings on philosophical, religious and cultural subjects. He has published dozens of books, mainly in Catalan, Castilian, Italian and English, which were then translated into French, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Czechoslovakian, Dutch and Tamil. He has also written hundreds of articles. Some of his works include The "Crisis" of Madhyamika and Indian Philosophy Today (1966); Worship and Secular Man (1973); The Trinity and the Religious Experience of Man: Icon-Person-Mystery (1973); The Vedic Experience: Mantramañjari: An Anthology of the Vedas for Modern Man (1977); Myth, Faith and Hermeneutics: Cross Cultural Studies (1979); The Unknown Christ of Hinduism: Towards An Ecumenical Christophany (1981); Blessed Simplicity: The Monk as a Universal Archetype (1984); The Silence of God: The Answer of the Buddha (rev. ed., 1989); The Cosmotheandric Experience: Emerging Religious Consciousness (1993); A Dwelling Place for Wisdom (1993); Invisible Harmony: Essays on Contemplation and Responsibility, ed.
Beyond the Threshold A Life in Opus Dei
www.mgr.org, 30 Aug 2007 [cached]
I was an assistant to Arbor's associate director, Raimundo Panikkar.
When I was introduced to him, I was quite surprised to find a priest in such a major cultural post. I was even more surprised that he was an Indian with a Catalonian accent. Although only recently ordained and still a young man of twenty-eight, he was highly regarded at the CSIC as one of its founders. Everyone considered him brilliant... He was kind, although extremely serious with the staff of Arbor, with whom he very seldom used more words than those essential for greetings and work.
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"And that Dr. Panikkar is a priest of Opus Dei?"
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And since I had such a positive opinion of Dr. Panikkar, I was angry to learn that he was an Opus Dei priest.
The possibility of talking directly with Dr. Panikkar regarding Opus Dei and its control of the CSIC was little less than utopian...
An opportunity presented itself, however, when Dr. Panikkar asked me to work the following Saturday, since he had a backlog of correspondence that had to be answered. After three hours of dealing with his correspondence, Dr. Panikkar suddenly said: "May I ask you why you work here?"
Astonished at the question, I said that I was planning to get married the following year and hoped to make my fiance's absence more bearable by working at something that interested me.
Dr. Panikkar made no comment, and we resumed our work. When we finished at lunch time, and I was locking the doors, he started another conversation, this time about Barcelona, where he had been recently.
"The weather was beautiful there," he said.
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"I am not asking you to make your retreat under my guidance," Dr. Panikkar continued calmly. "What I meant was that you can have a week off at that time."
There was an embarrassed silence on my part. I did not know whether I should apologize because of my reply or how to pursue the conversation.
Finally Dr. Panikkar broke the silence with the question:
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"All right, all right," Dr. Panikkar said slowly. "Thank you for coming today. I think that we will have to talk about this matter again. And with his usual formal smile, he walked away.
...when I came to work the following Monday, Father Panikkar greeted me affably, saying he was ready to resume our discussion. "Would you please explain to me your negative attitude to Opus Dei? he asked gently. I recounted all the things I had heard about Opus Dei: that it was a "freemasonry" [1] because of its mysterious way of doing things such as not disclosing the identity of its members... That Opus Dei plotted to "capture" chairs at the university, hoping to preserve them for members and were ruthless about getting rid of anyone who was in their way ...
Father Panikkar heard me out without betraying any emotion, [2] but his reply, when it came, was forceful:
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Somehow, the assurance with which Father Panikkar spoke [2] was more convincing to me than the accusations I had just made.
Not Our Kids, Opus Dei! - Part II
www.takingfive.com, 4 July 2007 [cached]
When her fiancé accepted a job in Morocco, Tapia remained in Madrid and began work at Arbor, the general cultural journal of the Council of Scientific Research, as assistant to the associate director, Opus Dei’s Fr. Raimundo Panikkar, a British citizen of India, and a master of languages, both modern and classical.
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Panikkar convinced Tapia that the negative reports about Opus Dei were nothing but slander.
Monastic Interreligious Dialogue | East–West Symposium
monasticdialog.org, 13 April 2010 [cached]
This is a report of a conference called "Mysticism of Integration" held at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts from November 19-23, 1980, and featuring the thought of Raimundo Panikkar. "Blessed Simplicity is the monastic principle par excellence", Fr. Raimundo Panikkar told the more than 80 participants of the East-West monastic Symposium at Holyoke, Massachusetts, November 19-23, 1980, as he "struggled with all to describe the monk in our modern day."
The event, sponsored by the AIM North American Board for East-West Dialogue, was experienced as superb by an admixture of monks, nuns, scientists, scholars, professors, contemplatives, psychoanalysts, therapists, artists, masters and disciples, seekers and the sought. "The monk", Fr. Panikkar contended, "is not the paradigm for the fullness of the humanum but rather the monastic dimension is one constituent which every human being has and must cultivate in one way or another. The monk is the one who before all else aspires to be whole, one, unified, integrated, centered. This monastic dimension is the primordial religious dimension, previous to all divisions, previous to and different even from the way it is lived by individual monks.
Fr. Panikkar, professor of religious studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, spent the past year at Buddhist and Hindu spiritual centers as a pilgrim in India, the home of his own spiritual rootedness. Asked to speak at the Symposium on "The Monk as Universal Archetype: East and West", he offered his Sutra (a discourse by the Buddha or a disciple, accepted as authoritative teaching; literally, a thread on which jewels are hung) in essence as: "Blessed Simplicity"-the monastic principle par excellence! Human life, he maintained, is utterly complex. We live under the very sign of multiplicity. Through all this, he sees the monk as one who "sails through the stream. . . . " The speaker said he called simplicity holy in this monastic dimension because it reveres the real in a harmonious respect.
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Fr. Panikkar said that he does not support women's ordination for the same reason he does not support the ordination of men. "I believe," he said, "in the ordination of persons!
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Others who flanked the rostrum with Fr. Panikkar were Professor Michael von Bruck of East Germany; Sr.
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Workshops and meditation sessions of various forms were offered to the participants during the Symposium supplying a fruitful cross fertilization of the new monastic synthesis being offered by Fr. Panikkar and others.
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue Winnipeg > Bulletin > Senior Rabbi, Alan Green
www.shaareyzedek.mb.ca, 1 May 2003 [cached]
The late, great Raimundo Pannikar, a Catholic priest and professor of religion at UCSB, once memorably said, "It's not only true that all religious paths lead to the same mountain top.
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