Events and Conferences

Swami Atmajnanananda

The Role of Culture, Spirituality and Community in Academic Life

Swami AtmajnananandaA conversation with Swami Atmajnanananda, Vedanta Centre of Greater Washington, DC

  • Balancing academic and social life
  • Cultural resources for success
  • Building community
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Managing stress

There will be a question and answer session with the Swami.

This event is sponsored by the Vedanta Society of Calgary and hosted Religious Studies at Mount Royal University.

Event Details

Friday, September 25
10-11 a.m.
MRU Mediation Centre (W201)

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, email Michael Hawley, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Religious Studies.


Swami Atmajnanananda (also written Svāmī Ātmajñānānanda, born Stuart Mark Elkman) is a swami (monk) of the Ramakrishna Order, which he joined in 1981. He earned BA in philosophy from Northwestern University and PhD in Indian philosophy from University of Pennsylvania. He is currently resident minister at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA (

He is a scholar in Indian philosophy and traveled extensively throughout India and Bangladesh; contributed various articles and translations to some of the books and magazines of the Ramkrishna order. One of his articles was published in Living Wisdom: Vedanta in the West. He also authored Jiva Gosvamin's Tattvasandarbha: A Study on the Philosophical and Sectarian Development of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Movement, published by Motilal Banarsidass in 1986 under his pre-monastic name.

He envisions that with the help of a healthy imagination and a smattering of devotion, all action can be converted into acts of worship. All activities can be spiritualized until the line of demarcation between sacred and secular, spiritual practice and worldly duties, begins to gradually melt away.

Atmajnanananda was a significant critic of Jeffrey Kripal's book Kali's Child