Mirka Knaster is an independent scholar, freelance writer and editor, and artist who applies a cross-cultural perspective to her work, whether on women, healing arts, or spiritual traditions. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Asian Philosophies and Cultures. Her writings on loving-kindness meditation, the body and spirituality, interreligious dialogue, and ethical speech as a spiritual practice appear in magazines, anthologies, encyclopedias, and at Beliefnet.com. Her writing website can be found at http://www.mirkaknaster.com.
As an artist who works with textiles, fiber, and mixed media, Mirka also exhibits internationally and curates shows that highlight work by artists from other cultures. East Asian aesthetics, the many places where she has lived and traveled, 20th-century abstract art, and her meditation practice are the most important influences and inspirations for her art. She explores how Dharma practice and the creative process inform and support each other. Her art website and blog can be found at https://mirkaart.com.