Fall 2020 Indian Religions / Religions of India





2m41s Book Intro by late Ram Dass

Fun Ram Dass Story 

UT Library Alternatives

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


Session 1: Research Methods Setup

Namaste! 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 we will also have some 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: Formal introduction to Sanskrit. Indo-European root of "Rg Veda." Introduction to Sri Aurobindo [1872-1950] and his Sri Aurobindo Collected Works. We will look at the Rg Veda via Brhaspati (IV.50) and Upanishads via the Brahmananda Valli from the Taittiriya Upanishad. We will have a traditional introduction to the Bhagavadgita with a sample experience of traditional Bhagavadgita recitation, and be introduced to the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Lecture slides and a relevant Panopto lecture video is available.

Session 3: Classical Indian Philosophy and Vedanta

III: Introduction to Swami Vivekandanda and his 1893 World Fair Speech. Students will get a crash course in Classical Indian Philosophical schools, and an introduction to Vedanta philosophies, spirituality, & yoga. Introduction to Ram Dass. We will start reading Alan Watts's text (see OwnCloud link above or see here for Estonian language UT library edition) and have fun looking over Watts videos online. There is also a good visit to India video series of interviews in India with yoga teachers (in Russian). A 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 look at an English translation of the Tattvarthasutra on the Jain variety of Indian epistemological and ontological views and learn about Jain non-violence and interdependence culture so that we can appreciate its influence on Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh religious and spiritual traditions. Instructor Lecture Slides on the Jain tradition. Mood Music Redux

Session 5: Buddhism

V: Buddhism: Theravada & Mahayana

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