LIVE ONLINE: Sanskrit for Yogis - Part 2

This four week interactive online course is designed for those who have completed Sanskrit for Yogis - an Interactive Introduction with Graham Burns, or who have studied Sanskrit in another forum, and will explore the Sanskrit and teachings of the Īśā Upaniṣad, one of the most respected of all the Vedic Upaniṣads. Each week, we will learn some Sanskrit grammar, explore a section of the Īśā Upaniṣad, recite it, and translate some of its verses together.

Course Information

Dates

4 consecutive Fridays: 30 October to 20 November 2020

14.00 to 15.30 (UK time) each session

Session 1 – Friday 30 October
Session 2 – Friday 6 November
Session 3 – Friday 13 November
Session 4 – Friday 20 November

  • Cost £90
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    LIVE ONLINE: Sanskrit for Yogis - Part 2

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to anyone who has completed Sanskrit for Yogis – an Interactive Introduction with Graham Burns. If you have not taken that course, but have some experience of studying Sanskrit, please click here to e-mail Graham for further information. No previous knowledge of the Īśā Upaniṣad is needed.

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    Maximum participants: 15

    Number of hours: 6 hours

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Course Description

This four week interactive online course is designed for those who have completed Sanskrit for Yogis – an Interactive Introduction with Graham Burns, or who have studied Sanskrit in another forum.

We will use our four sessions to explore the Sanskrit of the Īśā Upaniṣad. This is one of the shortest and most respected of the Vedic Upaniṣads, probably composed towards the end of the BCE period. It contains brief teachings about the nature of reality and about action in the world. Gandhi is reputed to have said that ‘If all the Upaniṣads and all the other scriptures happened all of a sudden to be reduced to ashes, and if only the first verse in the Īśā Upaniṣad were left in the memory of the Hindus, Hinduism would live for ever.’ Each week, we will explore a section of the Īśā Upaniṣad, recite it, and translate some of its verses together.

For this course, you will be expected to have an understanding of the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation (using Sanskrit transliterated into western script). You will also be assumed to have some knowledge of the most common Sanskrit noun declensions, and be able to recognise third person singular and plural present tense verb forms, though these will be reviewed at the start of the course.

Course Structure

Each class will be delivered via Zoom and will last for 90 minutes with plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion. Between sessions, you will receive audio files of verses from the Īśā Upaniṣad to help you practise your pronunciation, and each session will begin with a short, informal revision of the previous week’s material. Class size will deliberately be kept small to allow for maximum interaction. A copy of the Īśā Upaniṣad will be provided (in Sanskrit and English), as will some grammatical and vocabulary handouts.

Over the course of the four sessions, we will review some of the most common Sanskrit noun declensions and verb forms, and will introduce new tenses, such as the future and perfect. We will discuss the historical context of the Īśā Upaniṣad and, each week, we will recite, and look to translate together, a small selection of verses from it. Each week will also include a short guided meditation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have deepened your knowledge of the Sanskrit language, and will have learned more about the background to, and teachings of, the Īśā Upaniṣad.

Who is the Course for?

The course is open to anyone who has completed Sanskrit for Yogis – an Interactive Introduction with Graham Burns. If you have not taken this course, but have some experience of studying Sanskrit, please click here to e-mail Graham for further information. Please note that Sanskrit for Yogis – an Interactive Introduction will be running from 18 September. No previous knowledge of the Īśā Upaniṣad is needed.

What our students say

Friday afternoons have been a haven of joy for me and I miss them already! You are a patient and clever teacher. A Yogacampus student on Sanskrit for Yogis, April 2020

Course Information

Dates

4 consecutive Fridays: 30 October to 20 November 2020

14.00 to 15.30 (UK time) each session

Session 1 – Friday 30 October
Session 2 – Friday 6 November
Session 3 – Friday 13 November
Session 4 – Friday 20 November

  • Cost £90
  • Booking Full Details

    LIVE ONLINE: Sanskrit for Yogis - Part 2

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to anyone who has completed Sanskrit for Yogis – an Interactive Introduction with Graham Burns. If you have not taken that course, but have some experience of studying Sanskrit, please click here to e-mail Graham for further information. No previous knowledge of the Īśā Upaniṣad is needed.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 15

    Number of hours: 6 hours

Book Now