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University of Virginia
Naomi Worth is a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia's Department of Religious Studies. Her research focuses on consciousness and the mind-body connection in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Dzokchen sub-school. Her dissertation will look at tantric physiology and the vajra body in the Heart Essence of the Dakinis (mKha' 'gro sNying thig) literature. Naomi also studies Indian yoga traditions. Methodologically, her enquiry into consciousness draws from the ongoing debate on religious experience, as well as phenomenology.
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Buddhism
|Interests:||Asian History / Studies
East Asian History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Research and Methodology
South Asian History / Studies
Southeast Asian History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
ABD, History of Religions, University of Virginia.
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2014
B.S., Psychology, minors in Spanish and Business, Tulane University, 2002
Five conference presentations:
"The Psychology of Deity Yoga in Tibetan Buddhism " at the Southeast Conference on the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Panel on Divine Creation (2015)
“A Buddhist Presentation of Consciousness” at the Northern California Consciousness Conference (Neuroscience conference) (2016)
“Meditation and Consciousness as Tools for Navigating Death, Dying and the In-Between (bar do) State” at the Graduate Student Conference on Religious Studies at Indiana University (2016)
“The Alternative Practices Offered in the “vā” Section of Pātañjali’s Yoga Sūtra” at the Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana conference in Krakow, Poland (2016)
“Religious Experience among Modern Tibetan Yoga Practitioners in the Bay Area” at the Ways of Knowing conference on epistemology at Harvard Divinity School (2016).
Two publications (not peer-reviewed):
“A New Way of Seeing: Contemplation and Art,” in Art, Contemplation and Wellness Journal, edited by Linsey Hepler. University of Virginia Press, January 2016.
"Dreaming in Early Advaita Vedānta." Nāmarūpa Issue 20 (Spring 2015): 60-69.
Teaching Assistantships and Teaching:
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
Theory and Practice of Yoga (three times)
Yoga (lecturer for 1-credit physical education course; taught three times)
Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroach Fellowship (2017/18)
American Institute for Indian Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship (2018/19)
Foreign Language Area Studies Academic Year and Summer Fellowships (2012/13 and summer 2013)
Selected Service Positions:
UVA Contemplative Sciences Center, Contemplative Council Graduate Student Member, 2013-2017
Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, Graduate Coordinator, 2016/17
UVA Buddhist Studies Group, President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Coordinator, 2012-2017