Sanskrit Library Courses

  • Introduction to Sanskrit I.
    • SL1.
    • This course aims to provide a linguistically rich study of the world's most fascinating language equivalent to a first semester university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. After introducing the Devanāgarī script and Sanskrit phonology, the course surveys the intricate and highly organized structure of the grammar with the aim of enabling a student to begin reading original materials in the second semester. Readings in the first semester are adapted from Sanskrit literature.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course materials: Scharf, Peter M. Śabdabrahman: a first-year Sanskrit text. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2010.
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  • Introduction to Sanskrit II.
    • SL2.
    • After completing a survey of Sanskrit grammar with readings adapted from ancient Indian narratives, students read original selections from the great Indian epic Mahābhārata.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course materials: Scharf, Peter M. Śabdabrahman: a first-year Sanskrit text. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2010.
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  • Introduction to Āyurveda through its sources.
    • SL11.
    • This course introduces the basic routines prescribed in the ancient Indian medical science of Āyurveda. Selected verses from the chapters concering healthy habits and ideal daily routines provide the textual basis for practices taught. Practical instruction in the conduct of daily routines is provided with demonstrations.
    • Instructors: Tanuja P. Ajotikar and Ayala Melzer
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course materials: Yet to be produced.
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