Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

Course Dates: 19/01/21 - 09/02/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
Tutors:

Discover the importance of the Bhagvad Gita and learn why it continues to be one of the most important and most widely read ancient Hindu text.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

The importance and place of the Bhagvad Gita in the Hindu textual tradition – how it relates to the Vedas, the Upanishads and the main schools of Hindu philosophy. We will be covering key themes to understand why it continues to be one of the most important and most widely read ancient Hindu text.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The place of the Bhagvad Gita in the Mahabharata; the three main paths examined – the path of knowledge, the path of action and the path of bhakti. It’s structure and overview of chapters. We will also touch upon the Gita’s bridging role between ancient rituals and ‘modern’ Hinduism.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Engage confidently in a discussion about the Bhagvad Gita -its structure, its contents and its central place in Hinduism.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. No skills are required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through classroom contact; powerpoint presentations and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Simple translation of Bhagvad Gita by Simon Brodbeck
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bhagavad-Gita-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449183.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You could study Sanskrit at CityLit to read the Gita in the original; explore related courses like Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, Vedic Chanting and beginners Hindi.

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Interesting introduction to the Gita and it’s place in the development of Hinduism
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/02/2020)
Tutor Biographies
Rohini Bakshi

Rohini Bakshi has an M.A in Hindu Studies from SOAS, University of London. She teaches Sanskrit, Hindi, Vedic Chanting and introductory courses on Patanjali's yoga sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Oxford alumna, columnist and blogger, Rohini has been teaching Sanskrit on social media for years and has published an independent reader for Sanskrit students based on this work. She is currently teaching Katha Upanishad at the advanced level.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: RT427

Tue, day, 19 Jan - 09 Feb '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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