Samkaras Advaita Vedanta: A Way of Teaching

Samkaras Advaita Vedanta: A Way of Teaching

by Jacqueline G. Suthren Hirst, Suthren Hirst, J. G. Suthren Hirst
     
 

Samkara (c.700 CE) has been regarded by many as the most authoritative Hindu thinker of all time. A great Indian Vedantin brahmin, Samkara was primarily a commentator on the sacred texts of the Vedas and a teacher in the Advaitin teaching line. This book serves as an introduction to Samkara's thought which takes this as a central theme. The author develops an

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Samkara (c.700 CE) has been regarded by many as the most authoritative Hindu thinker of all time. A great Indian Vedantin brahmin, Samkara was primarily a commentator on the sacred texts of the Vedas and a teacher in the Advaitin teaching line. This book serves as an introduction to Samkara's thought which takes this as a central theme. The author develops an innovative approach based on Samkara's ways of interpreting sacred texts and creatively examines the profound interrelationship between sacred text, content and method in Samkara's thought. The main focus of the book is on Samkara's teaching method. This method is, for Samkara, based on the Upanishads' own; it is to be employed by Advaitin teachers to draw pupils skilfully towards that realisation which is beyond all words. Consequently, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of Indian philosophy, but to all those interested in the relation between language and that which is held to transcend it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415355490
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Routledge Hindu Studies Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : studying the teacher1
1The teacher himself11
2The need for the teaching32
3The source of the teaching49
4The methods of the teaching69
5The context of the teaching : the world of name and form89
6The context of the teaching : the Lord116
7The language of the teaching138
8The end of the teaching161

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