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Advaita Vedanta: A Method

This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold the non-dual vision of reality. This inquiry is designed to facilitate understanding and assimilation of the vision of the Upanisads. And, significantly, to show that due to the nature of the problem it is solving, Advaita Vedanta is a method, not a set of tenets. The soteriological ramifications of this will be explored.

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Course Code: HSF 6004

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 600

$900.00

This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold the non-dual vision of reality. This inquiry is designed to facilitate understanding and assimilation of the vision of the Upanisads. And, significantly, to show that due to the nature of the problem it is solving, Advaita Vedanta is a method, not a set of tenets. The soteriological ramifications of this will be explored.

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Learning Outcome:-

  1. Develop a clear understanding of Advaita Vedanta as a method, and the ramifications of that.
  2. Gain a comprehensive understanding of Advaita epistemology and its role as a key to understanding the vision of the Upanisads.
  3. Connect the epistemology to Advaita ontology and the fulfillment of its soteriological end.

In this course, we will examine the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to reveal the existence and nature of the non-dual reality.  We will begin with a basic discussion of Advaita epistemology to understand the important claim of the Upanisad that it provides, not just information about the non-dual reality, but the means through which one can directly know it. First, we will undertake a close reading of Sankara’s introduction to the Brahmasutra, and commentary on Taittiriya Upanisad 2.1.1 to establish the core principles of superimposition and negation as well as implicative statements. With these parameters, we will study dialogues in the Mundaka, Taittirya, and Mandukya Upanisads that employ the foundational method of inquiry into cause-effect, and also, the methods of analysis of the levels of our waking experience and analysis of the three states of waking, dream, and sleep. Throughout, we will be connecting what we discover to the soteriological aim of Advaita Vedanta—release from human suffering and the cycle of birth and death.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Faculty/Instructor: Swamini Agamananda Saraswati

Quarter Offered: Winter 2020

Area of Study:- Hindu Studies Foundation 

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