Fall 2020 Indian Religions / Religions of India





2m41s Book Intro by late Ram Dass

Fun Ram Dass Story 

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online courses: HVUS.06.007 + HVUS.06.008 ~ seminar courses: USUS.06.080 + USUS.06.136


Session 1: Research Methods Setup


Research Methods are the focus of our first session: First, we will have a formal course introduction to Asian religion (Phena Sutta: Foam). 

  • Please download the template & info for your (1) PRESENTATION & PAPER ABSTRACT/RESEARCH PAPER, and
  • (2) course assignment/research tools!

For this if we have time we will also have some educational gaming, based on some relevant media.

Review the Citavi cloud share folder literature information & Center for Oriental Studies library holdings for research paper + presentation ideas!

Session 2: Hindu Tradition Literature

II: Hindu Tradition Literature:

Lecture slides and a relevant Panopto lecture video are available.

Session 3: Classical Indian Philosophy and Vedanta

III: Introduction to Swami Vivekandanda and his 1893 World Fair Speech. Students will get

Interesting regional engagement with Indian religion can be seen through a taste of a visit to India video series of interviews in India with yoga teachers (in Russian).

Panopto VIDEO and SLIDE SETS are available for overview LECTURES on Classical Indian Philosophical Schools and Vedanta.

Session 4: Jainism

IV: Jainism: After some mood meditation warm up review of past sessions, we will

Instructor Lecture Slides on the Jain tradition. See also the accompanying Panopto VIDEO lecture about Jainism.

For a historical reference to Jains, see this discussion mentioning discussion of influence of Jains "Nigantha Nataputta, otherwise Mahavira" in Buddhist Theravada sutras (500 BC).

Welcome also to appreciate the autumn Navaratri Festival with a Mood Music Redux.

Session 5: Buddhism

V: Buddhism: Theravada & Mahayana Foundations.

We start with a warm-up acclimatize to Buddhism via a contemporary Buddhism Video lecture of Lama Osel Hita Torres, a younger Spanish lay Buddhist who spent his childhood raised and trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Tibetan Monastery in India.

We will take a tour of principle significant Buddhist literature, via

  • Kalama Sutta - Buddha Shakyamuni's message on the empirical, discerning approach to religion and spirituality
  • Satipatthana Sutta (Sutra):
    • Four Foundations of Mindfulness
      • Four Noble Truths
      • Eightfold Path
  • Pancha Sila & Bodhisattva paths of Buddhist morality and ethics

Session 6: Divine Feminine

VI: Goddess Spirituality/Divine Feminine

Session 7: Sikhism

VII: Sikhism

Session 8: Social Movement Leaders

VIII: Social Movement Leaders: Gandhi, Ambedkar, Vandana Shiva, Arundhati Roy etc

Session 9: Contemplative Practices

IX: Meditation Traditions: Pramayana, mantrayana, satipathana, shamatha, vipasyana