Faculty & Staff

Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara,  August 3, 1990.


M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983.


Teaching Certification:  Secondary Certificate, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1971


B.A., University of Washington, 1970.  Major: Anthropology


Dr. Pflueger has been at Truman since 1993. He received his doctorate and master's in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, California Polytechnic State University, and California State University-Long Beach. He specializes in South Asian religion, classical yoga philosophy, Indian philosophy, and classical Sanskrit. He has 27 articles on Hindu and Buddhist topics in Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford, 1997). Also from Oxford, he published a chapter in The Innate Capacity (1998), "Discriminating the Innate Capacity: Salvation Mysticism in Classical Samkhya-Yoga." Other publications include: The Bhagavad Gita for Contemporary American Religion (Macmillam, 2000) and in 2003 from Routledge Curzon (London) a chapter, "Dueling with Duelism: Revisioning the Paradox of Purusha and Prakiti, in Yoga: The Indian Tradition." More recent publications include "Person, Purity, and Power in the Yogasūtra," for Essays on the Theory and Practice of Yoga, Knut Jacobson, Ed.., (Brill) 2005. include an forthcoming article, "Ishvara," for The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan). In the summer of 2007, Dr. Pflueger was chosen to participate in the Freeman Foundation Summer Institute on Japan, for intensive study of Japanese language and culture at Tokai University in Honolulu, Hawaii.Other publications include:

 Īśopaniṣad: The Secret Teaching on the Lord, Neal  Delmonico and Lloyd Pflueger, Blazing Saphire Press, Forthcoming,  March 2016.

Review of Sacred MattersMaterial Religion in South Asian Traditions. Edited by Tracy Pintchman and Corinne G. Dempsey, in Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Vol 29, November , 2016

Samādhi as True Death in the Yogasūtra, chapter in Death, Dying, and Mysticism, Thomas Cattoi and Christopher Moreman, Palgrave Macmillan,  2015

Art of Living Foundation in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Vol 5, Knut Jacobson, Ed.., Brill  Leiden, The Netherlands , 2013,  pp.380-88

Review of Yoga in Practice, David G. White, Ed, in. Religious Studies Review,  Sept 10, 2012.

Īśvara,  Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Knut Jacobson, Ed.., Brill  Leiden, The Netherlands , , 2012.

Holding On and Letting Go: The In and Out of Powers in Classical Yoga,  chapter in Yoga Powers:Extrordinary Capacities Attained Through Meditation and Concentration, Knut Jacobson, Ed, Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2012  pp.241-263.

Review of Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives, Mark Singleton and Jean Byrne Eds. in Journal of Hindu Studies ,4 (2)  July, 2011.

 Review of Yoga Body: The Origins of ;Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton in Booknotes, Religious Studies Review, Review Sept 14, 2011,  p 235.


    . He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves as faculty advisor for Truman's Art of Living Club.