Academic Research

Theses and Dissertations on the writings of Bede Griffiths

Everado Pedraza. Beyond Duality: Integration and Transformation of Mind in Bede Griffiths’ Interspiritual Thought. Masters dissertation. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, Spring 2007.

Conlan, Meath (as Douglas Conlan). Journey to the Cave of the Heart: Spiritual Direction and the Unfolding of the Self in Mid-Life. Unpub. Masters thesis for M.A. in Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, New York, USA, 1996. (Note: This thesis focuses on Fr Bede as a spiritual guide in mid-life.)

Consiglio, Cyprian. The Space in the Heart of the Lotus: Spirit as an anthropological element based on the writings of Bede Griffiths. Unpub. Masters thesis for M.A. in Theology, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, Spring 1997.

Fernandes, Albano. The Hindu Mystical Experience according to R.C. Zaehner and Bede Griffiths: A Philosophical Study. Ph.D. dissertation, Rome, Gregorian Pontifical University, 1993.

Forster, Dion Angus. Aspects of the Cosmic Christ in the Spirituality of Dom Bede Griffiths, Thesis for Masters of Theology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, February 2001. Download thesis (Acrobat file, 238KB). E-mail the author (

Kalliath, Antony. Inward Transcendence: A Study on the Encounter of Western Consciousness with Indian Interiority Based on the Works of Fr. Bede Griffiths. Masters dissertation, Dharmaram Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, 1986.

Kuvaranu, John Martin, OSB Cam. The Primacy of Seeking God: St. Romauld and the Indian Christian Ashram Ideal of Bede Griffiths. Licentiate degree from the Gregorian University in Rome, 1996/97.

Rajan, Jesu. Bede Griffiths and Sannyasa. Banglaore, India, Asian Trading Corp., 1989. (Originally a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, 1988).

Sandgren, Håkan. River of Compassion: Some Responses to Fr Bede Griffiths Thoughts and Teachings on Meditation, Interfaith Dialogue and Contemplative Lay Communities in Australia. Honours thesis. University of Queensland, Brisbane. 2006.

Savio, Samuel. The Principle of Relatedness in the Ecological Ethic of Bede Griffiths. Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Department of Theology, School of Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America, in partial fulfillment for the Degree Doctor of Sacred Theology, Washington, D.C., May, 2000. [text: 367 pp]

Schulein, Sunelei. The Life and Work of Dom Bede Griffiths. Master thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 1981.

Teasdale, Wayne Robert. Towards a Christian Vedanta: The Encounter of Hinduism and Christianity According to Bede Griffiths. Bangalore, India, Asian Trading Corp., 1987, 192 pp. (Originally a doctoral dissertation, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y., 1986).

Trapnell, Judson B. Bede Griffiths’ Theory of Religious Symbol and Practice of Dialogue: Towards Interreligious Understanding. Ph.D. dissertation, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 1992.