New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta: Essays in Commemoration of Professor Richard De Smet, S.J.

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This volume is a collection of essays by leading scholars who treat various aspects of the Hindu thinker ?am?kara (ca. 700 CE) and his system of Advaita Ved?nta.
Topics include the contemporary relevance of ?am?kara for inter-religious dialogue and human rights as well as revised assessments of ?am?kara?s understanding of divine grace, the role of the gods, Buddhism, ?am?kara?s relation to later Advaita, and the unity of the Self. The introductory essay of this commemoration ...

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Overview

This volume is a collection of essays by leading scholars who treat various aspects of the Hindu thinker Śamūkara (ca. 700 CE) and his system of Advaita Vedānta.
Topics include the contemporary relevance of Śamūkara for inter-religious dialogue and human rights as well as revised assessments of Śamūkara’s understanding of divine grace, the role of the gods, Buddhism, Śamūkara’s relation to later Advaita, and the unity of the Self. The introductory essay of this commemoration volume assesses the place and value of Richard De Smet’s work in the context of twentieth century Śamūkara scholarship.
The contributors break new scholarly ground and offer fresh perspectives on Śamūkara and Advaita Vedānta and help reassess traditional understandings of this great master of non-duality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004116665
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/24/2000
  • Series: Numen Book Series, #85
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley J. Malkovsky, Ph.D. (1994), University of Tübingen, is Assistant Professor of Comparative Theology at the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. Recent articles include Advaita Vedānta and Christian Faith (Journal of Ecumenical Studies) and The Personhood of Śaṃkara’s Para Brahman (Journal of Religion).
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Contributors
Introduction: The Life and Work of Richard V. De Smet S.J. 1
Sankara and Buddhism 18
Samkara's Theological Realism: the Meaning and Usefulness of Gods (devata) in the Ullara Mimamsa Sutra Bhasya 30
The Self of Being and the Being of Self: Samkara on "That You Are" (tat ivam asi) 51
Samkara on Divine Grace 70
Samkara in Fast and West Today 84
Sankara's Life and Works as a Source for a Hermeneutics of Human Rights 109
Sankara in Contemporary Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Brahmin's Perspective 122
The Contemporary Relevance of the Advaita of Sankaracarya 148
A Bioliography of the Publications of Richard V. De Smet S.J. 165
Index 179
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