Past Projects

Fellowships and Scholarships

Muktabodha's Fellowship and Scholarship Programs began in 1998 and provided support to students from around the world to undertake field research in India, including, in some cases, study with traditional pandits, particularly in the field of Hindu Tantra. These programs focused primarily on PhD-level dissertation research projects. In addition, some scholarships provided support to postgraduate students of Kashmir Śaivism and Sanskrit in India.

Marcy Braverman-Goldstein Adjunct Lecturer in Religious Studies
University of North Carolina
Kashmir Śaivism, Sanskrit, Yoga, Hatha Yoga
Mark Elmore Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of California at Davis
Modern Hinduism
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Tantric Traditions; Religion and Colonialism
Alberta Ferrario Visiting Assistant Professor
Swarthmore College
Tantric Śaivism - Grace and Devotion in the Doctrines
of the Kashmiri Polymath Abhinavagupta
Ernst Fuerlinger Professor of Religious Studies
Head of the Center for Religion and Globalization
Danube University, Austria
Inter-religious dialogue,
Spirituality in a Globalizing World
Islam in Europe
Promoting peace
Shaman Hatley Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies
University of Massachusetts
Asian Religions, Hinduism
Sanskrit, Tantric Studies, Śaivism, Yoga,
Hindu Goddess Traditions, Medieval India
Mrinal Kaul Faculty/Lecturer
Manipal Center for Philosophy and Humanities, India
Abhinavagupta, Trika Śaivism
Tantric literatures
Kashmirian Islamic and Sufi Traditions
Kashmiri and Indo-Persian literary cultures
Jeffrey Lidke Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair, Dept. of Religion & Philosophy

Berry College
Sarvāmnāya Śākta Tantra in Nepal
Śākta Tantra - Chaṅgu Nārāyaṇa
Kashmir Śaivism - Abhinavagupta
John Nemec Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia
Classical Sanskrit, Vedic Sanskrit,
Pali, and the Prakrits
Kashmir Śaivism, Tantric literature
Carlos Pomeda Private Educator
Yoga Sūtras, Vijñāna Bhairava, Spanda Kārikās
Bhagavad Gītā,
Yoga for Modern Life
Deven Patel Associate Professor of South Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Śrīharṣa’s Naiṣadhīyacarita
Sanskrit, Intersection of Language,
Literature, and Culture in South Asia
Nihar Purohit Guest lecturer
Benares Hindu University
Scriptures of Kashmir Śaivāgama
Travis Smith Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations
Seoul National University, South Korea
Tantric Studies; Kashmir Śaivism
the Kāśīkhaṇḍa and Śaiva Vārāṇasī Purāṇas;
Purāṇic Māhātmyas
Kāma Sūtras; Śāstra
Maxim Voroshilov PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies
Mahidol University, Thailand
Researcher, Writer,
Interpreter, Educator
Ba Gua Zhang practitioner
Christopher Wallis Founder and Head
Mattamayūra Institute, California
Teacher of meditation, Yoga Darśana,
Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, and
Alex Watson Professor of Indian Philosophy
Ashoka University, India
Teaches courses in Sanskrit and Indian philosophies



In 1998, the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute founded a vedaśāla in Satara, India, to help ensure that the knowledge and chanting of the Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda mantras, and the wisdom they embody, would be preserved for future generations as a living oral tradition. The vedaśāla has grown into a respected institution, honored by Vedic authorities for the quality of its teaching and the accomplishments of its students.

The vedaśāla is credited with preserving the Taittirīya Hiraṇyakeśin school of the Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda, an especially endangered element of Vedic tradition. Now, as senior students graduate, they themselves are becoming teachers, as well as practitioners, thus re-establishing and preserving the living tradition in which they have been trained.

With the vedaśāla project attaining this point of maturity, MIRI’s vision for the project had been fulfilled, and responsibility for the vedaśāla was passed to the Krishna Yajur Veda Trust. It now functions as an independent organization.