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Lecture/Seminar CSRS Public Lecture Series - The Guru-Sishya (Teacher-Student) Relationship in Sanskrit Scholarship 2014-01-23 16:30:00

CSRS Public Lecture Series

The Guru-Sishya (Teacher-Student) Relationship in Sanskrit Scholarship
Harold Coward, CSRS Founding Director, Royal Society of Canada Fellow

Writing about the Hindu experience of guru as teacher and spiritual guide, Julius Lipner says, "Sometimes the guru just arrives; the guru seeks one out..."  In this lecture Harold Coward explores his experience of this happening as a PhD student with Prof. T.R.V. Murti. Coward will discuss the quite different kind of mentorship he received during Prof. Murti’s supervision of his thesis, their continuing relationship, its transforming influence on Coward’s life as a scholar, and its impact on his research and teaching.  Coward will compare this approach from traditional Sanskrit teaching (common in Hinduism and Buddhism) with that of modern scholarship.

Harold Coward is Founding Director of The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  A specialist in Indian Philosophy and Religion, he has authored numerous articles and books including: The Philosophy of the Grammarians; Derrida and Indian Philosophy; Hindu Ethics; Yoga and Psychology; and The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought. His current research is on Powerful Words for Spiritual Practice in Hinduism and Buddhism.


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Times 16:30:00 to 17:30:00

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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