Vedanta Society lecture series offers author Christopher Key Chapple

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Christopher Key Chapple
Christopher Key Chapple

Meditation meets environmental concerns later this month when a lecture series in Kansas City offers author Christopher Key Chapple.

The subjects will be discussed by Chapple at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Chapple will be introduced by Swami Chetanananda.

Chapple is Doshi professor of Indic and comparative theology and director of master of arts in yoga studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Swami Chetanananda is spiritual leader of the Vedanta Societies of Kansas City and St Louis. The topic’s focus will be on meditation from various traditions.

This will be the sixth Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture and is sponsored by the AUM Foundation. The evening will include a prelude of classical Indian music featuring Janani Raghunathan, vocalist; Sai Kishore Ravisankar on flute and Ganesh Balasubramaniyan on tabla. A reception will follow the program.

At 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Swami Chetanananda and Chapple will speak at the Vedanta Society, 8701 Ward Parkway, on “Nondualism and the Descent of Consciousness.”

These programs are free and open to the public.

Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India and a prolific writer on spiritual topics.

Chapple earned his doctorate in the history of religions at Fordham University. He served as assistant director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism for five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the faculty of Loyola Marymount. He is co-founder of LMU’s program in Asian and Pacific Studies, and in 2002 he established the yoga philosophy certificate program through LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality.

Two of Chapple’s books related to his talk are “In Praise of Mother Earth” (Marymount Institute Press, 2011) and “Yoga and Ecology: Dharma for the Earth,” editor (Deepak Heritage Books, 2009).