Sitting at the Guru's feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads
Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF
A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
The Upanisads are among the most influential Hindu sacred texts. Though often cryptic, they form the foundation of Vedantic discourse, and still influence the religious imagination of countless spiritual seekers, both traditional and modern. Its 'secret' teachings are often presented through the voices of Vedic teachers, and the roles these teachers play is central to these teachings.
Focusing on the stories found in these religious texts, this talk will explore the character of the Upanisadic gurus, the roles they played, the way they taught, and their relationship with their disciples, and thereby reflect on the vale and ways of education in the modern world.