Unity in Diversity with Religion: Presenter Spotlight with Nathan Katz
Please share what you do in 10-15 words:
I am a recently-retired professor who specializes in Religions of India, Jewish Studies, Spirituality, and especially what I call Indo-Judaic Studies. In addition to writing and lecturing, I lead tours in India.
Why do you do what you do?
I believe my calling is exploring and expanding India-Jewish affinities.
What are you currently fascinated by in your work?
Right now I have a project to explore the impact of Indian spiritualities on Judaism as found in Israel and in North America.
How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers?
Most Buddhist or Hindu teachers I know have admonished me to explore Judaism more deeply, and one rabbi in particular advised me to cultivate my meditation practice.
What book(s) did you like reading this year?
Steinsaltz’s Opening the Tanya; J. Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies, G. Schweig’s translation and analysis of the Bhagavad Gita.
What is one things that surprises you about teaching at the ashram?
The kindness and intelligence, a strikingly powerful combination that pervades Sivananda Yoga Retreat Bahamas.
Nathan Katz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Florida International University. He served as the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, Director of Jewish Studies, Director of Program in the Study of Spirituality, and Founding Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the author of 15 books, including award-winning Who Are the Jews of India? and memoir, Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall. He was awarded four Fulbright grants and is considered the leading scholar of India’s Jewish communities. He has studied, taught, and lived in South Asia for eight years and leads Jewish-interest tours of India.
December 22, 2019 — January 2, 2020
Swami Swaroopananda, Snatam Kaur, Nathan Katz, Lama Karma Chötso, Kyriacos C. Markides, Emily Markides, Sopurkh Singh, Kabir Helminski, Daniel Matt, Gaura Vani, and Ernesto Ortiz
During this special time of year, we invite you to join us in celebrating wisdom, love, compassion, and the transcendence of artificial barriers.
March 22 — 25, 2020
Nathan Katz, Elaine Valdov, Iqbal Akhtar, Zafreen Jaffery, Fleet Maull, and Swami Brahmananda
Peace workers from Christianity, Islam, Judiasm, and Buddhism will teach on how they have accessed inner peace and share stories of bringing that peace into the outer world.
June 22 — 25, 2020
Nathan Katz, Eileen Crowley, Graham Schweig, and Daniel Drubach
Explore the deep significance of seeing, inside and out