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Department ofReligious Studies

Sarita Tamayo-Moraga

Sarita Stella Tamayo-Moraga

Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Sarita Tamayo-Moraga received her B.A. from University of Texas and her Ph.D. in History of Christianity from University of Chicago in 2002. She taught at San Jose City College from Spring 2002-Summer 2004 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in Spring 2003. Her research focuses on comparative mysticism with a focus on Zen and Catholicism, the use of mindfulness in pedagogy, and transformative scholarship and learning.

  • RSOC 9 Ways of Understanding Religion
  • RSOC 106 Zen in Theory and Practice
  • TESP 71 Mysticism in Catholicism
  • TESP 72 Comparative Mysticism
  • TESP 171 Mysticism in Action: Zen and Catholicism
  • LEAD 1 Lead Seminar



Selected Publications (for a more complete list, see CV)
“Zen and the Transformation of Emotional and Physical Stress into Well-Being,” co-written with Darlene Cohen, in Thomas Plante, ed., Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health. ABC-CLIO (2010)