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Swamini Agamananda Saraswati

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Swamini Agamananda, formerly Martha J. Doherty, holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University (1999) and an M.A. in Oriental Studies (1991) from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the 3-year Certificate in the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit at Sandeepany Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, Piercy California, under the direction of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, in the years 1979-1982.

She has taught both at Universities such as St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, Temple University, Philadelphia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and Harvard University, Boston, as well as at various Arsha Vidya institutions in the USA and India. She has served as an Editor and writer with the Arsha Vidya Publications and has edited a number of original Vedanta commentaries on Upanisads and Bhagavadgita, at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

She has participated in the committee of Scholars for Hindu-Jewish dialogue, World Council of Religious Leaders and was a Participant scholar in the Hindu-Jewish dialogue of Acharya Sabha with the Rabbinate of Israel, Delhi, India (2011). Along with the Secretary-General of the World Council of Religious Leaders, she co-organized a Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Israel and Rabbinate of Israel, Tel Aviv (2008) as well as the first two-day dialogue between the Ashkenazy Chief Rabbi of Israel who led an international delegation of Rabbis with select Hindu religious leaders, Delhi, India (2007). She was a member of the Draft Committee for Justitia et Pax Faith in Human Rights Declaration, The Hague, in 2009. She has several academic papers as well as books on Vedanta to her credit.

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