Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature (REL 341)
This course introduces the Sanskrit spiritual vocabulary of India, in a contextual form, relating terms and their psychological connotations to the spiritual subcultures of their origin. The aim of the course is to provide tools for relating transpersonal experiences and practices to established cultural disciplines, so as to facilitate a comparative and comprehensive perspective on trans-egoic processes.
Course Sessions and Topics
This course is divided into ten, one-hour Lectures. The introductory Lecture, The Mantric Powers of Sanskrit is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.
Week 1 | The Mantric Powers of Sanskrit
Week 2 | The Revelations of the Veda
Week 3 | The Intuitional Vocabulary of the Upanishads, Part 1
Week 4 | The Intuitional Vocabulary of the Upanishads, Part 2
Week 5 | The Dynamic Yoga Terminology of the Bhagavad Gita
Week 6 | Puranic Symbology and Cosmology: Shaivism
Week 7 | Puranic Symbology and Cosmology: Vaishnavism
Week 8 | Tantra Symbology and Cosmology
Week 9 | The Speech of Non-Speech, the Vocabulary of Buddhism
Week 10 | The Darshanas—Philosophical Systems
Learning Outcomes for this Course
Outcome 1: Students will be able to recognize and describe the principle terms of Indic Sanskrit trans-egoic discourse.
Outcome 2: Students will be able to contextualize this vocabulary in terms of the specific cultures and histories of Indic spiritual theory and practice.
Outcome 3: Students will be able to relate this vocabulary to psychological processes and experiences.
Joseph Conti, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Religion and Ethics, University of Southern California
Lectures By Debashish Banerji, Ph.D. | Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles. [UPR Dean of Academic Affairs] Faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College. Translator of numerous texts and author of “Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art,” “The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore” and others.