Philosophy & Religious Studies Associate Professor
stuart.sarbacker@oregonstate.edu

Office: 541-737-5970

Milam Hall

Milam Hall 323A

2520 SW Campus Way

2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
Courses Taught: 

PHL/REL 160   Quests for Meaning: World Religions
PHL/REL 208   Introduction to Buddhist Traditions
PHL/REL 213   Introduction to Hindu Traditions
PHL/REL 214   Introduction to Islamic Traditions
PHL/REL 315   Gandhi and Nonviolence
PHL/REL 432/532   Yoga and Tantric Traditions
PHL/REL 433/533   Theory and Practice of Modern Yoga
PHL/REL 434/534   Spirituality and Ecology: Green Yoga
PHL/REL 475/575   Human Technological Enhancement

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Background

Stuart Ray Sarbacker is an Associate Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Philosophy. His work is centered on the relationships between the religious and philosophical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, especially with respect to the practices of mind-body discipline (yoga). He also works on issues related to method and theory in the study of religion, with a focus on religious experience and its interpretation. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has performed institutional study and fieldwork in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Japan. Before coming to Oregon State University, he served as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Northwestern University, where he received the Weinberg College of Liberal Arts Alumni Teaching Award for his distinguished teaching of undergraduate students.

At Oregon State, Professor Sarbacker was awarded the Bill and Caroline Wilkins Faculty Development Award for his innovative teaching and research, and he has served as a Fellow of both the Center for the Humanities and the Spring Creek Project. His research and teaching has been supported by the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture and by the Horning Endowment for the Humanities and Sciences. He is currently part of a 3-year Luce Foundation funded program on religion and technology administered by the Institute for Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. His project applies philosophical and ethical concepts associated with Indian contemplative traditions to emergent technologies, especially human augmentation. This includes research on the so-called “Psychedelic Renaissance” or “Second-Wave Psychedelic Movement.”

His teaching focuses on topical issues in Indic philosophy and religion, along with broad introductory courses on World Religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. In many of his courses, Sarbacker utilizes innovative contemplative pedagogies that aim to bridge the gaps between academic study, self-reflection, and engagement in civic life.

Professor Sarbacker has worked with a variety of students on undergraduate and graduate-level research, including in Applied Ethics, Environmental Humanities, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He has also served as a member of the Alternative Masculinities Seminar sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Oregon State.

He is a co-founder and former co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Yoga in Theory and Practice unit, and has also served as a co-chair and steering committee member of the American Academy of Religion’s Mysticism unit.

In addition to his academic credentials, Professor Sarbacker is an active yoga practitioner and teacher, having trained extensively in contemporary yoga and meditation traditions in India and the United States.

His profile on Academia.edu, including select publications, can be found here.

 

Publications

Sarbacker has published extensively on the history and philosophy of yoga and on issues related to method and theory in the study of religion.

Samadhi

His third book, Tracing the Path of Yoga: The History and Philosophy of Indian Mind-Body Discipline (New York: State University of New York Press, 2021), provides a comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

His second book, The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy
(New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/North Point Press, 2015),
co-authored with esteemed Oregon yoga teacher Kevin Kimple, presents a constructive approach to understanding yoga philosophy in light of its relevance to contemporary life and yoga practice.

Samadhi His first book, Samādhi: The Numinous and Cessative in Indo-Tibetan Yoga
(Albany: State University of Press, 2005),
examines the psychological and sociological dynamics of
contemplative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.