Cup of Nirvana Philosophical and Contemplative Explorations


IMG_6760Michael Sudduth (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a philosopher of religion with a background in analytic philosophy, Christian theology, and eastern philosophy and religion. His spiritual journey has led him from the Christian tradition to the Vaishnava bhakti traditions of India, the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and Zen Buddhism, each of which informs his approach to spirituality.

He is a professor in the Philosophy Department at San Francisco State University. His interests include the philosophy of theism, the nature of religious experience, religious diversity, the philosophical and empirical dimensions to belief in life after death, Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism, and the interface between eastern spiritual practices and western psychotherapeutic modalities.

Sudduth’s Cup of Nirvana blog features analytical-style reflections on philosophical topics at the center of his current research and publications, as well as contemplative explorations in eastern philosophy and spiritual practice:IMG_7196

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Friday, April 8, 2016:  Appearance on Q.Psience hosted by Jill Hanson 12341424_1831752917051164_1600449960497450069_n

March 21, 2016:  Talk in the Philosophy Department at University of Portland on Near-Death Experiences

January 26, 2016:  PUBLISHED – A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Postmortem Survival Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.50.04 AM(Palgrave Macmillan – Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion). Now available at Amazon and through Palgrave Macmillan.  For further details, visit Facebook – Philosophy of Postmortem Survival, or read Book Overview or sample chapter.

“Michael Sudduth has produced a ground-breaking work – original, nuanced, empirically comprehensive, and conceptually sophisticated. It sheds new light on the confusions and superficiality dominating the literature on postmortem survival, and is a major contribution to survival research.” Stephen Braude




May 10, 2015: Published interview on philosophy and my spiritual practice with Helen De Cruz