Introduction to Hinduism

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 5100 3.00

This course will survey the basic philosophical, religious, and cultural aspects of Hinduism. Hinduism has had a profound influence on the conversation between the East and the West. Knowing a broad scope of Hindu religious and philosophical traditions as well as what is currently known to us as Hinduism benefits our understanding of other cultures as well as ourselves, deepening the consciousness crucial to integral studies. After completing this course, a student will be able to understand the major Hindu philosophical concepts such as “unity in diversity” “Brahman and Atman,” and “Shakti"; know the major trends in Indian traditions such as the Vedas, Vedanta, the epics, bhakti, goddesses, modern Hindu thinkers; and develop inclusive perspectives in understanding other cultures.

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