Continuing education courses

  • Traditional Indian health maintenance: essential Āyurvedic practice through its sources.
    • CG2.
    • This course introduces the basic routines for healthy living prescribed in the ancient Indian science of {A}yurveda. Selected verses from the chapters concerning 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: Peter M. Scharf and Tanuja P. Ajotikar
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $500.
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  • Introduction to the {f}gveda.
    • CG10.
    • The Vedic literature is the principal pillar on which the Indian tradition rests. The {f}gveda, being one of the most ancient extant literary works and being of great historical and linguistic significance, has always been a worthy subject of research for scholars worldwide. Various fascinating aspects of this work will be dealt with in the course. Though designed for a general audience interested in literature in general or in Sanskrit literature in particular, the course may also be of interest to students in an academic program in Sanskrit.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $300.
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  • Introduction to the {p}ARinian tradition.
    • CG20.
    • This course offers an overview of the architecture of {p}ARini’s {a}zwADyAyI as well as an introduction to the whole Indian grammatical tradition. The {a}zwADyAyI, a fairly complete generative grammar of Sanskrit composed no later than the middle of the 4th century BCE, is considered one of the greatest works of human intelligence. The main aim of the course is to introduce the structure of the {a}zwADyAyI and richness of the Indian linguistic tradition to those who are not Sanskrit scholars but are curious to know about scientific literature in Sanskrit.
    • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
    • Schedule: 12 September – 14 November 2020.
    • Course meeting times: Saturday 9:30-10:30am U.S. Central Time (IST 8:00-9:00pm/9pm-10:00pm after 1 November 2020 when CST changes to CDT).
    • Course fee: $300.
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  • Concepts of the self in classical Indian philosophy.
    • CG50.
    • This course consider concepts of self in the early writings of the upanizads, in the Buddhist canon, and in the systematic analyses of the {y}ogasUtras and {b}rahmasUtras.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $500.
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  • Creation mythology and enlightenment.
    • CG80.
    • Accounts of creation in Sanskrit literature appear in a number of hymns of the {f}gveda, and in the {m}AnavaDarmaSAstra, the {m}ahABArata, and purARas. Although scholars generally describe these accounts as various, mutually inconsistent myths, or as superseded stages of philosophical thought, they appear to convey a consistent model of the origin of the world. Moreover, the first stages of creation mirror the descriptions of the development of enlightenment in foundational texts of {v}edAnta and systematic analyses of {y}oga. The descriptions of creation may therefore rather be the result of the special insight of enlightened sages than the results of individual imagination. This course takes a close look at these creation accounts and descriptions of enlightenment in various translations including the professor’s own.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $500.
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  • Vedic philosophy of language.
    • CG90.
    • In his introduction to the {f}gveda, {s}AyaRa describes the {v}edas as the breath exhaled by the great lord thereby situating speech between the unmanifest absolute and the manifest world. A number of hymns in the {f}gveda describe speech as creating all things, with a range that extends deep into consciousness below the level of expressed speech anticipating the identification of speech with brahman by {B}artfhari. This course surveys these Vedic passages and elucidates how they present a coherent concept of the central position of speech in the manifestation and knowledge of the absolute.
    • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
    • Schedule: To be announced.
    • Course fee: $500.
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