Oxford Sanskrit School: 25–27 January 2019

Tutor:

Zoë Slatoff
Prof. Gavin Flood
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms

Date:

25–27 January 2019

Fee:

£500

Location:

Nuffield College
Corpus Christi College
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Whether you are brand new to studying Sanskrit or have some experience – interested in learning proper pronunciation, reading the devanāgarī script, delving into meaning and grammar, or in deepening your yoga practice – this workshop is appropriate for all levels. Through chanting and discussion of yoga-related texts, as well as focused study of writing, pronunciation, translation and the history of Sanskrit and its literature, we will explore this rich, meditative language together in all of its many dimensions.

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THE COURSE

Following on from our very successful Summer Schools we are holding a Sanskrit School this January.

The 2019 Sanskrit School will run from Friday 25 January to Sunday 27 January at Nuffield College, Corpus Christi College, and the OCHS.

Our tutors will be Zoë Slatoff and Dr Rembert Lutjeharms.

Timings

Friday and Saturday 10am–5.30pm (Lunch from 1–3.00pm)
Sunday 10am–1pm

Fees

The fee is £500 (excluding meals and accommodation). For accommodation, there are the usual sites such as booking.com or tripadvisor.co.uk, or the adventurous can stay in one of the colleges at www.universityrooms.com/en/city/oxford/home

Sessions

Friday 25 January: Chester Room, Nuffield College,  New Rd, Oxford, OX1 1NF

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10.00–11.25am: Yoga through Sanskrit (session 1)

Zoë Slatoff

Although these days most people come to know about Sanskrit through Yoga, if you really want to learn about the tradition of Yoga, it is best to learn to read the Sanskrit texts. By looking at a selection of verses, chanting and discussing them together, we will see how the yoga practice we do today is embedded in these texts and how these texts, even if simplified, have become embedded in the practice. This workshop will be appropriate for all levels of Sanskrit study, putting the grammar into practice as it is relevant to the discussion.

11.25–11.40am: Teas and coffees

11.40am–1.00pm: An Overview of Sanskrit Literature

Prof. Gavin Flood

This lecture will discuss the various genres of Sanskrit literature, from poetry, epics and plays to religious and scholarly literature related to the six classical darśanas, to scientific and medical treatises, providing a broad overview of the vast wealth of Sanskrit texts available.

1.00–2.30pm: Lunch break

3.00–4.10pm: Beyond the Body: Yoga and Advaita Vedānta in the Aparokṣānubhūti (session 1)

Zoë Slatoff

The Aparokṣānubhūti, attributed to although probably not written by Śaṅkarācarya, provides a concise and accessible entry into Advaita (non-dual) Vedānta philosophy. Its 144 verses teach a method of vicāra or enquiry, which incorporates a fifteen-part system of yoga leading to samādhi, and ultimately to the realization of the oneness of ātman (the individual self) and brahman (the universal Self). In this workshop we will explore the intersections of Yoga and Advaita – duality and non-duality – both historically and in the modern era by chanting and discussing verses from this text. We will also look at related texts which it draws upon.

4.10–4.20pm: Teas and coffees

4.20–5.30pm: Sanskrit Calligraphy and Pronunciation

Zoë Slatoff

This workshop will focus on how to correctly write the letters of the alphabet, consonant-vowel combinations and compound consonants, with emphasis on commonly confused letters. We will also work on correct pronunciation of the letters and combinations as we write them. Please bring a good pen and pencil and a notebook.

Saturday 26 January: Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Oxford OX1 4JF

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10.00–11.25am: Yoga through Sanskrit (session 2)

Zoë Slatoff

11.25–11.40am: Teas and coffees

11.40am–1.00pm: Beyond the Body: Yoga and Advaita Vedānta in the Aparokṣānubhūti (session 2)

Zoë Slatoff

1:00–3.00pm: Lunch break

3.00–4.10pm: Reading and Translation Strategies

Zoë Slatoff

In this session we will discuss the most common types of Sanskrit verses and how to approach translation, looking at a selection of verses. We will also look at some common verses and sūtras in different translations and discuss the various choices that translators make and why they might choose to make them. This will help you to consider what choices you might like to make in your own translations.

4.10–4.20pm: Teas and coffees

4.20–5.30pm: History of Sanskrit

Dr Rembert Lutjeharms

This lecture will discuss how Sanskrit was developed, transmitted and codified over time, situating it historically, geographically and culturally.

Sunday 27 January: Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 13-15 Magdalen St, Oxford OX1 3AE

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10.00–11.25am: Yoga through Sanskrit (session 3)

Zoë Slatoff

11.25–11.40am: Teas and coffees

11.40am–1.00pm: Beyond the Body: Yoga and Advaita Vedānta in the Aparokṣānubhūti (session 3)

Zoë Slatoff