Hindu Philosophy - Vedanta and Samkhya - OCHS Online Courses

Understanding the philosophical systems that emerged from India provides a greater understanding of contemporary Hindu tradition as well as a basis for Yoga. This course will focus on Samkhya and Vedanta which continue to be the most relevant today. In particular, Vedanta will have aspects that you'll recognize in your own life, but we'll see how facets of Samkhya continue to impact our world; all of which will be revealed during the course's seven online sessions.

Here is an overview of the seven sessions:

  • Session One: During the process of learning more about yoga, you may have been exposed to the teachings of Shankaracharya. In this first class, you'll be instructed on particular characteristics of these teachings, under the umbrella of the Advaita school of Vedanta.
  • Session Two: Having been introduced to Shankaracharya in the previous session, you'll be exposed to the remaining 5 of 10 biographies, focusing on the best known written in the 14th century, Shankara Digvijaya.
  • Session Three: Utilizing the writings of the Upanishads, the Vedanta Sutras and acharya Gaudapada, we'll examine the central themes of Shankaracharya's ideas.
  • Session Four: In the 11th century, there was a Tamil Brahmin teacher called Ramanujacharya. We'll review his teaching and how it corresponds with another main school of Vedanta, called the Visishtadvaita.
  • Session Five: During this session, you'll have an opportunity to uncover the revelations and ideas of Madhvacharya which contributed to the Vedanta system.
  • Session Six: Having spent considerable time focusing on the Vedanta system, we now turn to the Samkhya system and notice how these two religious philosophies overlap, intertwine and ultimately reveal a deeper understanding of contemporary Hindu tradition and religious thought.
  • Session Seven: This last session will allow for an opportunity to delve deeper into the principal text of the Samkhya system, notably, the Samkhya Karika.