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Hindu Studies Foundations

The Hindu Studies Foundations area is a collection of mandatory Core courses, required for most graduate degrees. They provide a basic understanding of the central themes and ideas of Hinduism that constitute the common foundations of the great variety of traditions and practices within the umbrella of Sanātana Dharma. This area includes courses in the various primary texts of Hindu Dharma such as the Vedas, Vedānta, Yoga, Bhagavad Gita, the Dharma Shastras and the Systems of Hindu Philosophy called the Ṣaḍ-Darśana. These courses examine the concept of “Tradition” (i.e. Sampradāys) as distinct from “Religion”, “Oral” versus “Textual” traditions, and develop insight into the great diversity of forms, expressions, and practices that have emerged within Sanatana Dharma. The mechanism through which Hindu Dharma adapts itself to different places and times, psychologies and dispositions, and manages plurality while enabling a Dharmic life and the unity of thought underlying the seeming diversity of forms and manifestations is explored. Emphasizing continuity of thought as well as discontinuous developments, this area provides a grounded understanding of the Vedic Hindu Civilization and Culture as a living tradition with a unique perspective on the cosmos and our place as humans within it i.e. the Vedic Hindu Cosmology. In addition, the foundations also include some comparative study courses that include a preliminary examination of other world religions and philosophies as well as the critical issues in Hindu Studies.  

Comparative Religion: Death and Meaning

Comparative Religion: Death and Meaning

The central problem of human life is twofold: morality and mortality. Given the certainty of death, is there a meaning Read More
History of Dharmaśāstras II

History of Dharmaśāstras II

This is the second course in a two-part survey course that provides an overview of dharma literature from the Hindu Read More
History of Dharmaśāstras I

History of Dharmaśāstras I

This two-part survey course provides an overview of dharma literature from ancient and medieval texts of the Hindu tradition. The Read More
Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

This introductory seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and writing. A prerequisite for beginning graduate study, it Read More
Akshardham

Discover Life by Exploring India

A unique study abroad course that offers an authentic, transformative and enriching experience. This course is aimed at students of Read More
Bhagavad gita

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many Read More
vedanta

The Foundation of Vedānta

Vedānta also known as the Upaniṣad, found at the end of all four Vedas, reveal the goal and purpose of Read More
vedas

An Overview of the Veda

The Vedas are the oldest body of sacred knowledge known to man. A bird’s eye view of the four Vedas, Read More
Ancient Greek Philosophy

Ancient Greek Philosophy

What is the meaning of existence? What is the nature of truth? These were the questions asked by ancient Greek Read More
Critical issues in Hindu Studies

Critical issues in Hindu Studies

This course outlines the critical issues involved in the European understanding of Hindus and India, developed within the framework of Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a foundational text for understanding the world of Yoga. Using this text, the course will Read More
Orientation to Hindu Studies

Orientation to Hindu Studies

An overview of the unique programs, areas of study and courses offered by Hindu University of America. Preliminary reflection on Read More
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