Douglas R. Brooks

Douglas R. Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, South Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years, studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. Brooks is the author of a number of books and scholarly articles on Hinduism and the comparative study of religion, including "The Secret of the Three Cities: An Introduction to Hindu S'akta Tantrism" (U. Chicago Press), “Auspicious Wisdom: The Texts and Traditions of S’rividya S’akta Tantrism in South India” (SUNY Press), and "Poised for Grace" (Anusara Press). He also contributed to the anthology, "Meditation Revolution: A History and Theology of the Siddha Yoga Lineage" (Agama Press). He holds both master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.


Contributions by Douglas R. Brooks


Studying Tantra from Within and Without

Douglas R. Brooks, Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, discusses how he became involved in the academic study of Hinduism, specifically Tantra and goddess-centered traditions. He begins with his training in Sanskrit and Tamil at Middlebury College, ...