Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature (REL 341)

Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature (REL 341)


Course Description

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.

Your Teacher

Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Religion and Ethics, University of Southern California

  • In addition to his teaching at the University of Philosophical Research, Conti is an instructor in Department of Comparative Religion at California State University at Fullerton. Dr. Conti’s research focus is the psychology of contemplative spirituality.

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.