- October 28 - November 4, 2017
- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This workshop takes a historical approach to introduce the philosophical ideas, wisdom texts, major personalities, as well as practices of Hinduism and early Buddhism viewed as a cultural conversation and synthesis stretching from 2700 BCE to modern times. Learn about the development of the major bodies of knowledge and practice of Indian Wisdom Traditions, with an eye to the internal movements and currents of spiritual wisdom generated within and between these systems, leading into our times. Major texts covered include the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, early Buddhism, Shaiva, Vaishnava and Shakta literature, heterodox medieval thinkers and modern spiritual figures such as Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Raman Maharshi, Rabindranath Tagore, and Sri Aurobindo.
Join Debashish Banerji for a weekend tour through the intellectual and spiritual wisdom of India.
Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at CIIS. He has taught South Asian art history, Indian philosophy, and yoga psychology at a variety of academic institutions. From 2005-2009, he was the Director of the International Center for Integral Studies in New Delhi, India. From 1992-2006, he served as the president of the East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International, based in Los Angeles.
Debashish has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012).