Journal of Dharma, is an International Quarterly published by the Centre for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), established at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law, Bengaluru, India. It was launched in 1975, ‘to fill the gap of a felt need in the contemporary society’ ‘to foster intercultural understanding from an inner realization of religions.’

Understanding religion as ‘one of the deepest dimensions of culture’ Journal of Dharma was committed to ‘disseminate the seeds of the Sacred in every bit of our secular existence and to re-integrate the entire material Universe in the Spirit of Truth and Holiness’ (Inaugural Editorial).

Together with the promotion of inter-religious dialogue, Journal of Dharma promotes dialogue between the sacred and secular with the conviction that the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ are basic dimensions of reality. In a world of mass human migration and ever faster dissemination of ideas and images, no fact of human life is independent of religious influence and religious life and practices are also influenced by these branches of human knowledge and life.


The library contains articles of Journal of Dharma as of vol. 1(1975) to current.

Recent Submissions


    Joseph, Stefy V (Dharmaram College, 2019-03-29)
    The future of any country in the contemporary era lies in its ability to harness the knowledge potential. The fruits of knowledge society have transformed the terrain of social and political scenario of countries around the world. Democracy as a form of government, to be successful, requires a critically-engaged and politically literate population. Democracy, therefore, requires not only political literacy but also media and digital literacies given the influence of media in our lives. If democracy is viewed as a relationship between knowledge and power, there needs to be a strong distinction between the ideas, the truth of power and the power of truth. The term, 'Post- truth', signifies that objective facts have become less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs. The political processes in various democracies seem to have become more managerial and technologically fixated. There has been significant erosion in the ideas of transparency of information and political leadership has become nothing but a propaganda exercise. The paper analyses how the information technology revolution and the surge of new media has impacted the political processes in democracies, and presents the phenomenon of post-truth as a threat to the modern democratic systems.

    Hong, Jin-Kon; Park, Sam-Hun (Dharmaram College, 2019-03-29)
    To examine how key competencies of the 2015 Revised Curriculum are consistent with subject-specific competencies, this study selected the human rights element for analysis among deliberation items in nationally published mathematics textbooks for Grade 5 and Grade 6, which have been compiled in 2019 in accordance with the 2015 Revised Mathematics Curriculum. Mathematics is selected as the target of analysis since its subject competencies are not directly related to human rights elements and we can examine the consistency between the key competencies in the general guidelines, and the subject competencies in the subject-specific guidelines more accurately. The analysis results are as follows. First, there is room for improvement, given that the representation of multicultural learners is only by skin colour and the representation of disabled people is uniformly by the wheelchair. Second, if we look at review results, we can find that revision requests related to stereotypes of gender roles (family) are outnumbered by those related to multiculturalism (disability), indicating that stereotypes of gender roles in South Korea have improved remarkably. Third, if we consider ‘civic competency’, a key competency, the future textbook should address the problem that most of the spaces depicted in textbooks are heavily centred in large cities, at the designing stage of a unit story.

    Jose, Anita (Dharmaram College, 2019-03-31)
    The notion of the posthuman is often received with apprehensions and anxiety surrounding an apocalyptic future that awaits humanity. Even as popular versions of the term exhibit inclination towards such a possibility, philosophical ruminations of posthumanism offer an optimistic outlook regarding an ideal future. The article traces the ramifications of a technologically singular world and its implications in the creation of a knowledge society in a posthuman world, weighing considerations that constitute transhumanist and posthumanist environments that populate the universe of the novel Postsingular by Rudy Rucker. The destructive tendencies inherent in the advent of singularity need not be eradicated by evincing a transition towards a postsingular environment, but may be rectified by altering the human intentions that favour possessive individualism and human exceptionalism. The paper seeks to foreground the philosophical implications embedded in the term posthumanism that works to dismantle an anthropocentric framework to embrace an egalitarian outlook which contains all beings in its fold irrespective of speciestic boundaries and thereby examine the renewed notions with respect to knowledge sharing, global networking and digital singularity that considers the significance of these concepts beyond the realm of the human.

    Joo, Kee Wha (Dharmaram College, 2019-03-31)
    This essay analyzes the post-anthropocentric human-nonhuman network in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Radio as a new scientific knowledge to help knowledge societies moving forward by utilizing and sharing such knowledge in the Anthropocene. Nonhumans possess a powerful force beyond human control, and some are indispensable in human lives. In the ‘nonhuman turn,’ the anthropocentric thinking on humannonhuman relations should be revisited. The mutant children in this novel, considered monsters by some, are a new subspecies who have experienced accelerated evolution in the upheaval of the Anthropocene, emerging internally from the dynamic human-nonhuman network. The paper focuses on the new human subspecies’ mechanism of emergence within the human-nonhuman network, from the vantage point of Gilbert Simondon’s Individuation theory, Bruno Latour’s Actor-network theory, and Karen Barad’s Agential realism. We see that the new subspecies is a product of the humannonhuman network, and that nonhumans enable such human ontological leap. This analysis not only informs us about the mechanism of the human-nonhuman network, but also helps us navigating a different relationship with nonhumans.

    Nandhikkara, Jose (Dharmaram College, 2019-03-29)
    Human beings are classified often as homo sapiens, with rationality as the distinguishing character of human species. Sense knowledge and sense striving are common to many animals and human beings while intellectual knowledge is species specific to human beings, by which we make reflectively the distinction between what seems to be the case and what is the case. Knowledge is described differently as the facts, information, understanding and skills that a person has acquired through experience or education, an organized body of information shared by people in a particular field, the awareness of a fact or situation, apprehended truth, etc. Education is a process of learning and consequently one comes to know various facts, ideas, theories, skills, etc. as part of one's growth and development, and that of the society. Education not only helps an individual realizing one's potential and talents but also imparts one's culture and tradition from one generation to another. As social beings our knowledge is both from experience and experts. No one could live only by personally verified truths.

    Mendoza, Ruben (Dharmaram College, 2020-06-11)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant challenge to governments all over the world. In many ways, it has exposed the weaknesses of the Philippine government and its structures. While the government rightly imposed a lockdown on its people, it resulted in the marginalization of the poor. If only government policies and programs were informed by the Catholic social tradition, the government would be in a better position of truly being at the service of its people. The crisis presents a unique opportunity to the government to rethink of its structures and projects that would enable it to contribute to the formation of communities that foster human dignity and development.

    Paul, Binoy; Paul, Victor (Dharmaram College, 2020-03-31)
    Building an ethical society involves lifelong learning and training, individually and collectively. On many occasions, crime and offence happen in the life of children. Juvenile Justice Act 2015 of India covers two categories of children: Children Need Care and Protection (CNCP) and Children in Conflict with Law (CCL). The behaviour of CCL is one of the most complex areas of behavioural science. Recidivism proves that the present reintegration is insufficient to arrest crime. This study focuses on the factors that support the reintegration of the CCL who had undergone the procedures of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). This is an exploratory study conducted in Kerala, India, to find the significant factors that contribute to successful reintegration, making children part of an ethical society. The methodology of the study is qualitative in nature and using data collected from boy offenders who have undergone the procedure of JJB and their parents and officials through different individual case studies. All children who participated in the survey have been rehabilitated, but reintegration seems yet to be completed.

    Athappilly, Sebastian (Dharmaram College, 2020-06-11)
    Devasiachan Mukulathu. The Mystery of Trinity. The Relevance and Importance of the Most Holy Trinity in the Christian Arena based on the Writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Bengaluru: Dharmaram Publications (No 434), 2019, pp. xviii + 356.

    Kusumalyam, Joseph Varghese (Dharmaram College, 2020-06-11)
    A. J. Cronin is a man who possessed a near-monastic silence in life and neither sought nor encouraged celebrity status. He embellishes the literary world with his creative genius and holds an important position among all modern English writers. Critics hail Cronin for his surer pen and more penetrating eye as his writing addresses many of the most distressing issues we face today. His books are celebrated for their honesty and realism. Cronin's experience as a doctor enabled him to bring out a literary treatment of an epidemic in 1941, six years before Albert Camus published The Plague. Caught in the sweeping tides of the Second World War, the world was swamped with hatred and meaninglessness, strangled by fear and crushed beneath the terror of the arms race. This was a time when people had lost faith in themselves, faith in everything, and nations of the world were fighting against each other. With the current situation of the world being not too dissimilar, Father Francis Chisholm’s story may give readers an answer to what the world can turn to for the survival during a pandemic. This paper focuses on analysing the human quest for meaning and happiness in absurdity, incredulity, uncertainty, and meaninglessness through a reading of A. J. Cronin’s 1941 novel, The Keys of the Kingdom. Same as COVID-19 works as an act and a process, Father Chisholm’s life too epitomises the process meaningfully.

    Wang, Liang; Zhang, Qingpeng (Dharmaram College, 2020-03-31)
    Postmodern feminism is a new school of philosophy, which emerged along with industrialized western countries entering the postindustrial society after a hundred years of controversy among three major feminist schools, namely liberal feminism, radical feminism, and socialist feminism. From a philosophical perspective, Postmodernist feminism is characterized by rebellion and subversion of the female character in the traditional patriarchal society, which had important impact on the modern society’s development and people’s understanding of feminism. By analysing the content of Postmodernist feminism, this paper summarizes the theoretical characteristics of postmodern feminism, analyses the rebellious spirit and ethical turn of postmodern feminism, and combs the philosophical theory for the theoretical research of postmodern feminism. This paper strengthens the innovation of women’s social management and promotes the development of the theoretical system of philosophy in China, while enriching the country’s research on feminism.

    Kollamparampil, Thomas (Dharmaram College, 2015-12-31)
    The corporate nature of human existence and endeavours is coming into evidence in the present day world order. At present the religious sense of ‘corporate personality’ and ‘communal behaviour’ patterns, seen in the Biblical history, are getting incarnated even in the secular sphere. In the Christian vision there are prominent strands evolved from the ‘Greek East’ and ‘Latin West’, both of which are indebted to a far prior set of Christian foundations based on the Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies evolved through the Old and New Testament worldviews. At present, ‘Syriac Orient’ is the surviving heir to the Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies. Together with the Greco-Roman thrust of Christianity, ‘Syriac Orient’ preserved and made flourish such Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies very prominently in the history of Christian theology and spirituality.
  • Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

    Biju Tharaniyil (Dharmaram College, 2004-12-31)
    Here is an in-depth study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans with fully blossomed scholarship and reverence to the text. To know the Romans and to understand the epistle one should have the knowledge of the first century Jewish and Greco-Roman world. Witherington and Hyatt’s Socio-Rhetorical commentary is giving us the same in this deep-studied, reflected and analyzed work. The post-reformation interpretations and influences of Augustine on Romans is one of their main concerns. The attraction of this work include the 12 arguments in favour of a Rhetorical approach, ‘A closer look’ section facilitating a deeper analysis of the facts and figures and a concluding section in each unit titled, “Bridging Horizons” to have a comparative study of the Romans in the present era.
  • Terrorism and Global Responsibility

    Chackalackal, Saju (Dharmaram College, 2007-03-20)
    We live in a world that is terrorized by militant forces that cannot be exclusively attributed to any one region or country, or any particular religious or ethnic identity. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the economic boom brought about through various processes culminating in globalisation has not only achieved growth in leaps and bounds, but also has unleashed destructive powers that any responsible and peace-loving human being would never wish to visualize. As these forces are widespread all over the human habitat and as these forces are attempting to dismantle a civilization that has been founded on humane values, especially centred around a culture of life, various proactive initiatives are the need of the hour, so that human race as such and human civilization itself can be redeemed.
  • Religion and Law

    Chackalackal , Saju (Dharmaram College, 2007-09-28)
    Religion and law, as generative agents of meaning and order in personal as well as social existence and as products of human civilization, have been two concomitant powers in almost every human society, There wouldn't be any exaggeration in saying that they represent two indispensable dimensions of human existence, Just as air and water are essential for sustaining life, religion and law - in their varied forms of transcendence and immanence - are necessary to live a life proper to human nature, In fact, these two agents have played crucial roles in enabling humanity spread its wings and fly over the horizons, untouched by pitfalls, contributing their might to navigate humanity through the multifaceted life and its patterns. 
  • Pure Land Buddhism: Historical Development and Contemporary Manifestation.

    Sebastian Elavathingal (Dharmaram College, 2004-12-31)
    The work under review is the outcome of the talks delivered in 2003 for the annual Dharma Endowment Lecture Series at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. This scholarly work is brought out in a worthy manner by Dharmaram Publications. It is really a remarkable contribution to the branch of Buddhist Studies of Philosophy and Spirituality, which deserves appreciation.
  • Terrorism

    Bannon, Brad (Dharmaram College, 2007-03-29)
    It was a Tuesday morning much like any other. I was printing and collating the annual budgetary report to distribute to my church congregation which I was to carry to the church staff meeting on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The television was turned on, but the sound was muted. I gazed at the screen to see an astonishing image: the World Trade Center was ablaze.  My first response was fear. Just a year earlier, I was a financial executive working on the 73rd floor of Tower Two and many of my former colleagues and friends were still working there. I noticed the radio tower through the smoke and flames and relaxed slightly – the fire was in Tower One. My friends must be OK. I turned the sound on and watched as the day unfolded in tragedy. Just an hour later, Tower Two collapsed. There could be no word to describe my emotion other than terror. The emotion did not subside for weeks. Somehow, all of my friends escaped from the 73rd floor. Others were not so fortunate. My best friend lost his cousin; a parishioner lost 40 friends and employees; our local fire station lost 90% of its staff.

    Ananda, Bhikkhu (Dharmaram College, 1996-12-31)
    Buddhist holy scriptures are based on Buddha-vacana, Word of the Buddha, which flows from the 'Enlightenment' (Bodhi) of the Buddha. The original scriptures are in Pali and later they were translated into Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Hereunder it is delt with the Pali Scriptures which forms the basis for all other schools.
  • Psychological Counselling Foundations of Terrorism

    Thurackal, Jobi (Dharmaram College, 2007-03-29)
    Terrorism imposes heavy psychological impact on individuals and the society at large.  The recent spurt of terrorist strikes has largely disturbed the hale and hearty homeostasis of our society. The affected individuals suffer from high risk of psychological impacts like developing stress reactions, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related anxiety and panic disorders. The ongoing terrorist threat causes chronic states of high stress resulting in stress-related health problems, of low grade suspicion, paranoia, and hyper vigilance, persistent feelings of anxiety, fear, and dread, confusion, and uncertainty. Psychology recognizes terrorism as a subject worthy of consideration only in 1982, when ten publications under this topic were listed in psychological abstracts.
  • Nyaya Panchayat

    Panadan , Davis (Dharmaram College, 2007-09-28)
     India, being a country of the ancient civilizations in the world, possesses a valuable heritage in the field of administration of justice. India's rich cultural heritage in the field of administration of justice and the need to bring those institutions in the form of Nyaya Panchayat (village courts) institution and the common people should be brought to limelight, especially against the present practices of time consuming, costly, extravagant and expensive paraphernalia that involve in the administration of justice. In this context, new structures, procedures and organization of new Nyaya Panchayats need to be in place. India's massive attempt to provide access to justice for hundreds of millions of villagers through promotion of Nyaya Panchayat is theoretically provocative as well as of practical import.
  • Buddhist Challenge to Christianity

    Thomas Muppathinchira (Dharmaram College, 2012-12-31)
    Professor Hans Waldenfels is a renowned scholar on Buddhist-Christian studies and an ardent promoter of inter-religious dialogue, especially in the field of dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism.  He has been Professor of Theology of Non-Christian Religions at the University of Innsbruck, St. George’s Institute at Frankfurt, and at the University of Bonn.  There are so many books published on Christian-Buddhist Studies to his credit.  At present, he has undertaken the erudite work of editing the Encyclopaedia of Religions in German language.

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