Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies, in association with Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), will organize a seven-day textual workshop on Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s Siddhāntabindu from November 10-16, 2018.
Siddhāntabindu is Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s commentary on Śri Śankarācārya’s Daśaślokī.
Madhusūdana Sarasvatī is best known as the author of the Advaitasiddhi, the last of the four monumental works that comprise the siddhi literature of Advaita. A versatile genius, a faithful commentator, an independent writer on Śankarācārya’s school of monism as well as an upholder of the concept of bhakti, he was a formidable writer on the advaita-vedānta dialectics.
Siddhāntabindu presents all the basic principles of advaita in the prima facie views (pūrva-pakṣa) and their refutations (khaṇḍana), and is a reliable and comprehensive digest of advaita vedānta. The very meaning of ‘Siddhāntabindu’ suggests that it is a summary or digest of the conclusions of advaita philosophy. It defends the basic tenets of advaita vedānta through reasoning and brings out in brief the philosophic implications of this short work of Śankarācārya, viz. the Daśaślokī.
The workshop will focus on acquiring a general understanding of the worldview, concepts and methods of advaita vedānta through Siddhāntabindu. Whenever possible, the ideas expressed therein will be discussed in the light of modern/Western ideas.
Because Siddāntabindu encourages examination of interactions between different schools of thought, it will be undertaken where appropriate. Translated Sanskrit texts will be provided with authorial explanations and contextualisations, giving the reader an understanding of the argumentative context and philosophical style of Indian texts.
While the workshop will aim to be an introduction to classical advaita philosophy suitable for the philosophically curious, the workshop will not aim to be an introduction to philosophy. Instead, the expected typical audience will include undergraduates who have taken at least a first course in philosophy, graduate students in philosophy seeking to broaden their philosophical horizons, and interested general readers with some prior background in philosophy. Thus, the workshop will be an essential resource for both beginners and advanced students of philosophy and Indian studies.
Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, Coimbatore
Travel and boarding expenses of participants will be borne by ICPR.
All are welcome. Workshop participants will be awarded a certificate.
Last Date for Registration: October 20, 2018