Ranjini George holds a PhD in English (Northern Illinois University, USA), an MA in English (St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia, Canada). She was a Georges and Anne Bochardt Fiction Scholar (Sewannee Writers’ Conference) and received the Arnold B. Fox Award for Research Writing (Northern Illinois University). More recently, she won the first place in Canada’s inaugural Coffee Shop Author Contest for her travel memoir, a work-in-progress, Miracle of Flowers. She was born in Calcutta, India, lived in Kenya, the US, and the Middle East. She taught English at Northern Illinois University (USA) and at Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). For thirteen years, she was an Assistant, then Associate Professor of English at Zayed University, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, where she also began the Teaching with the Mind of Mindfulness series. She was the founder and editor of Studies in Literature and TESOL, The Arabia Review and created the Literature Special Interest Group of TESOL Arabia. A Mindfulness Meditation Instructor she trained in various wisdom traditions and studied with different teachers such as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Thich Nhat Hanh, Hari Nam Singh Khalsa and, of course, Lama Tsultrim Allione. An Inter-faith and women rights activist she speaks in gatherings such as the Inter-faith Symposium held by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association and at the Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, November 2018. She currently teaches classes such as Meditation & Writing and Pilgrimage to the Sacred Feminine in the Creative Writing Program, SCS, University of Toronto. Her stories and essays have been published in literary magazines such as Agni, The Ontario Review, Write (the Writer’s Union of Canada magazine) and A Room of One’s Own. Her book, Through My Mother’s Window was published in Dubai in December 2016. She can be contacted through her Facebook page, Ranjini George, Writer, https://www.facebook.com/TheKuanYinStoryCafe/.
Events with Ranjini George
May 3, 2019
You have engaged in mindfulness practices and enjoyed a deep level of self-connection, yet you find it challenging to apply your inner experiences on the cushion into the current daily expressions of divisiveness, bigotry and violence in our world. You may feel emotions ranging from anger and frustration to powerlessness…
September 19, 2019
In the introduction of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (Simon & Schuster, May 2018), Lama Tsultrim Allione narrates the beginnings of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre Buddhist retreat center in Southwest Colorado. She recounts a conversation with Grandmother Bertha Grove, a respected elder of the Ute…