Religions of India
Syllabus


 
VEDIC FOUNDATIONS
1/2Ritual and Sacrifice in the Vedic Religion
 IH: 1-35 Hymn to Agni
1/4Sacred Scriptures of the Vedic Tradition: From the Rg Veda to the Upanisads
IH: 36-66 Blackboard/Readings/Indian Religions: 51-52, 57-67, 70-71

 
 THE “UNORTHODOX” SRAMANA TRADITIONS: JAINISM & BUDDHISM
1/9Mahavira’s Response to the Vedic Tradition
BB/R/Living Religions: 121-135Jainism • Bahubali
1/11
The Buddha’s Response to the Vedic Tradition
BB/R/Living Religions, 137-161 Budda Purnima

 
“ORTHODOX” RESPONSES TO THE “UNORTHODOX” TRADITIONS
1/16The Development of Hindu Philosophy and Social Organization
IH: 122-146, 69-87
1/18Dharma: The Rights and Obligations of the Individual
IH: 91-118 LOH: 63-75, 76-87
 
THE HINDU EPICS
1/23Movie: Ramayana—The Epic
IH: 153-161 • BB/R/The Hindus: 212-251
1/25
The Ramayana...Unpacked
LOH: 115-136, 140-152 Hanuman
1/29Contemplative Event: Christian Labyrinth, 4:15-5:15 pm
White Activities Center (WAC), Fireside Lounge
1/30The Mahabharata/Bhagavad Gita
 IH: 161-181 BG: xxiii-xlvii, 3-88
2/1
MIDTERM EXAM

 
THE THEISTIC SECTS OF SIVA, VISNU & SAKTI
2/6The Development of Puranic Theism
IH: 189-232  LOH: 158-168
2/7Contemplative Event: Mindfulness Meditation, 4:00-5:00 pm
Kiekhofer Hall, Room 8
2/8
The Rituals of Worship
IH: 241-263 • LOH: 33-41, 42-52, 99-111
2/13Contemplative Event: Buddhist Meditation, 12:15-1:15 pm
Old Main, Smith Hall (2nd floor)
 
TANTRAS & BHAKTAS
2/13 The Tantric Tradition
IH: 269-280 BB/R/Indian Religions: 193-206 & Tantra Interview Ritual
2/15The Ongoing Development of “Devotional” Hinduism
IH: 286-294 • LOH: 53-59, 173-183, 199-214 Contemplative Paper
2/17Saturday, February 17 @ 10:00 am
Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple Visit

 
SIKHISM
2/20From Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh
S: 1-47
2/22
Contemporary Sikhism
S: 48-85 • LOH: 184-195
 
HINDUISM IN MODERNITY
2/27The Politics of Modern Hinduism
IH: 294-304 BB/R/Living Hinduisms: 271-293Gandhis Philosophy
3/1Movie: Water
Temple Visit Paper
3/6
Modern Responses to Traditional Hinduism
IH: 324-338, 344-359 • LOH: 218-227, 249-253
3/8Universality and Particularity: Competing Visions of Hindu Divinity
LOH: 257-265, 266-270 • Krishnamurti (all four sections of “About Krishnamurti”)
3/13
FINAL EXAM
Tuesday, March 13 ~ 3:30-5:30 pm