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Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session One

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session One

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session One

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Early Modern Bengali Vaiṣṇava Texts: Session One

Lucian Wong
Friday, 1 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will read sections from key devotional and theological Vaiṣṇava texts in Bengali from the early modern period and discuss their meaning. Some proficiency in Bengali is a requirement.   

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Two

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Two

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Two

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Early Modern Bengali Vaiṣṇava Texts: Session Two

Lucian Wong
Friday, 8 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will read sections from key devotional and theological Vaiṣṇava texts in Bengali from the early modern period and discuss their meaning. Some proficiency in Bengali is a requirement.   

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Three

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Three

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Three

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Early Modern Bengali Vaiṣṇava Texts: Session Three

Lucian Wong
Friday, 15 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will read sections from key devotional and theological Vaiṣṇava texts in Bengali from the early modern period and discuss their meaning. Some proficiency in Bengali is a requirement.   

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Four

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Four

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Four

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Is it ‘Intolerant’ to ‘Convert’ Other People? Revisiting a vexed debate in Hindu–Christian dialogue

Majewski Lecture
Dr. Ankur Barua
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute

A recurring theme in Hindu and Christian conversations over the last hundred years or so is the ‘intolerance’ of the very attempt to produce conviction in other people to move across religious boundaries. I argue that an examination of these conversations reveals that crucial terms such as ‘tolerance’, ‘conversion’, and others are often not carefully defined, so that these encounters have become a dialogue of the deaf. However, when these terms are located in the distinctive Hindu and Christian theological universes, it becomes clear that the necessity or the impossibility of conversions is related to deep metaphysical disputes over what, in fact, is the true Religion. Therefore, from a philosophical perspective, the real debate lies not only over the political structures of ‘toleration’ but also over the epistemic reach of reason to settle the most famous (and lamentably blood-splattered) question in the entire religious history of humanity: what is, in truth, the nature of the divine?

Dr Ankur Barua is Lecturer in Hindu Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He was raised by a Roman Catholic aunt and Vaishnavite Hindu parents, and the question of ‘conversion’ across Hindu-Christian theological boundaries has remained a matter of deep existential concern, and, of course, a central focus of much of his published work. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Hindu Studies, Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Journal of Hindu Studies, The Heythrop Journal, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and Sophia. 

Early Modern Bengali Vaiṣṇava Texts: Session Four

Lucian Wong
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will read sections from key devotional and theological Vaiṣṇava texts in Bengali from the early modern period and discuss their meaning. Some proficiency in Bengali is a requirement.   

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Five

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Five

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Five

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Six

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 3 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Six

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 4 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Six

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 4 June 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Seven

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Seven

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Seven

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.

Hindu Theology for a King: Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa’s Tattvadīpikā: Session Eight

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

The Tattvadīpikā (An Illumination of Reality) is an unpublished Vedāntic work written by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa (ca 1700-1793), a prominent Bengali Vaiṣṇava author in the early modern period. The manuscript is held in the library of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur (Manuscript #5693 in Gopal Bahura's Literary Heritage of Rulers of Amber and Jaipur). The work is not widely circulated among Bengali Vaiṣṇavas, and its existence was practically unknown till the catalogue of the library was published in 1976. This suggests that the work was probably written exclusively for Jaisingh II (1688-1743), a famous Rajput king of Jaipur Baladeva worked for, who was known for his keen interest in Hindu Theology.

The text is primarily concerned with a refutation of other schools of thought such as Buddhism, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, and Advaita Vedānta, providing us with an excellent insight into the intellectual climate in early modern North India. This reading class aims to introduce students with an intermediate knowledge of Sanskrit to the style of theological debate in Sanskrit writings as well as to the methodology of editing a text based on a manuscript.

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita is Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Department of Indology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.

Readings in Phenomenology: Session Eight

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
OCHS Library

Levinas argues against the Heideggerian perspective on Being in favour of the other who/that makes injunctive demand upon us. We will continue reading Levinas Totality and Infinity beginning with chapter 2. 

Readings in the Netra Tantra: Session Eight

Prof. Gavin Flood
Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
OCHS Library

We will continue reading the text from the Nepalese manuscripts.