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Introduction to Indian Philosophy


Indian philosophy broadly consists of two types of thought schools - orthodox and unorthodox (Astika and Nastika). Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta, Mimamsa, Nyaya, and Vaisheshika these are the orthodox schools and Jainism, Buddhism, and Charvaka are the unorthodox schools. What makes Indian philosophy schools interesting is that all these systems co-existed together for centuries, unlike its western counterpart where philosophical systems came and fell one after the other. Dharma, karma, reincarnation, renunciation, meditation are the primary concepts shared by all these schools.

This course gives an introduction to all the major schools of Indian philosophy and compares how they are different from each other on the basis of theories of existence as well as the path to liberation that is moksha! Considering the big picture, this course will not just study different schools of Indian philosophy but it will give you a deep understanding of how the world works and how it should work. You will learn to analyze closely and critically the things you come across.

with Pankaj Jaje

Pankaj has Ph.D. in Philosophy (Nyaya Darshana) from Pune University in India. He has spent seven years in the study of Philosophy from a Gurukula system of traditional schooling. Thus, he has acquired a perfect amalgamation of traditional and modern techniques of teaching and learning. Along with philosophy, his main interests are Sanskrit, Manuscriptology, Indology, and Archeology. With a total teaching experience of more than 10+ years, currently, he is an assistant professor at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. He has several research papers to his credit and has also won awards for them.

Starting in : May 2018

May

27

  • 10-Hour Course

  • A Series of 10 Classes

  • Sundays at 8 am to 9 am IST

Registration Cost: USD $99

Students Get a Certificate of Participation on Successfully Completing the Course!

Recorded lectures available for the duration of 6 months.

Curriculum

  • Lecture 1: Meaning of PhilosophyDarshana (दर्शन), Tatvajnana (तत्वज्ञान), etc. Development of Philosophy, Cosmology, Ontology, Epistemology

  • Lecture 2: Charvak (चार्वाक)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others. Major concepts

  • Lecture 3: Jain (जैन)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Anekantavaad (अनेकान्तवाद), Syaadvaad (स्यादवाद), Pudgal (पुद्गल) etc

  • Lecture 4: Bauddha Darshan (बौद्ध दर्शन)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Aalayavijnana (आलयविज्ञान), Prakrativijnana (प्रकृतिविज्ञान), four different traditions, their history, conceptual differences

  • Lecture 5: Sankhya DarshanaMajor contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g.Prakriti (प्रकृति), Purusha (पुरुष), Vritti (वृत्ति), Kaaryakaaranabhaav (कार्यकारणभाव) etc. Important Karikas and its meaning, Ontological structure

  • Lecture 6: Yoga Darshana (योगदर्शन)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Samaadhi (समाधिं), Aasana (आसन), Yoga (योग)

  • Lecture 7: Nyaya and Vaisheshika (न्याय and वैशेषिक)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Pramaana (प्रमाण) (valid knowledge, perception, inference, comparison and testimony), Vishesha (विशेष), Anumana (अनुमान), Anu (अणु) (atom)

  • Lecture 8: Nyaya and Vaisheshika (न्याय and वैशेषिक)Ontological difference, Differences in Nyaya and Vaisheshika concepts

  • Lecture 9: Purva mimamsa (पूर्व मीमांसा)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Bhavana (भावना), Yaaga (याग), Dharma (धर्म), Vidhi (विधि) etc

  • Lecture 10: Vedanta (वेदान्त)Major contributors, Important texts, Timeframe, Differences with others, Major concepts e.g. Brahma (ब्रह्म), Maaya (माया), Pancha Kosha (पञ्च कोश), etc. Importance of Vedanta in Indian Philosophy, Different Traditions related like Madhva (माध्व), Ramanuja (रामानुज), Vaallabha (वाल्लभ) etc

FAQs

Is there any prerequisite to attend this course?

There are no prerequisites - The course will be delivered in the English language. Anyone who has a zeal to understand the philosophy and particularly Indian philosophy can join this course!


Is knowledge of Sanskrit language necessary for this course?

No.


When will the classes happen?

The classes will happen on Sunday at 8am IST. The first session will be on Sunday, 27th May. If you stay in a different timezone, you can check your local time here - Sunday, 8 am IST to my local time.


Where are these classes conducted?

These classes will be conducted on Zoom video conferencing tool. Download it here Zoom on PC/Mac, Android and iPhone/iPad


What is the procedure for joining these classes?

Once you enroll in the classes by filling up the form below, we will reach out to you for further details on how to join the class and the online payment.


What happens if I miss a class?

The classes will be recorded and made available for a duration of 6 months until December 2018.


Can I get a refund?

The course is non-refundable.


Does everyone get a Certificate of Participation?

Attending 70% of the classes is necessary to get a certificate.


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