Graham M. Schweig, PhD

Graham M. Schweig is an American scholar of comparative theology of religion, philosophy, and the history of Yoga and Bhakti. He was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Washington, DC. He joined the faculty at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, in August, 2000, and is currently Professor of Religion and Director of Studies in Religion there.[1] He is also Distinguished Teaching and Research Faculty at The Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, beginning June, 2017.[2]

Schweig first attended the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for three years, but went on and earned his B.A. in Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies from American University. He then earned an M.A. in South Asian Studies from the University of Chicago. And eventually, an M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) and a Th.M. (Master of Theology) from Harvard University, as well as his doctorate in Comparative Religion from Harvard University. He was also a resident fellow of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

Schweig has held teaching positions at Duke University and was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia while teaching at Christopher Newport University. Since 2007, Schweig has presented over three dozen invited lectures in his field at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Schweig is an "experienced registered yoga teacher" at the 500 hour level (ERYT-500) as well as "Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider" (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance, and he has held numerous teacher training workshops in the areas of yoga philosophy, history of yoga, Sanskrit for yoga teachers, and advanced trainings in meditation for teachers of yoga.

Schweig has over one hundred publications, such as journal articles, encyclopedia articles, reviews, book chapters, along with several books in the field. Among his books are, DANCE OF DIVINE LOVE: India's Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rasa Lila of Krishna,[3] which was published in 2005 by Princeton University Press, BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song, which was published in 2010 by HarperOne / HarperCollinsPublishers, BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ CONCORDANCE: A Comprehensive Word Reference with English and Sanskrit Indexes, published in 2024 by Columbia University Press.

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  1. ^ "Graham Schweig". Archived from the original on July 21, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
  2. ^ cds (March 29, 2018). "Graham M. Schweig, PhD". Graduate Theological Union. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Schweig, G.M.: Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rasa Lila of Krishna. (Hardcover)". Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2005.