I attended The Rice Ball with a Stone Inside: Food Metaphors and Women Sanskritists in the Neo Liberal Economy of India lecture by Laurie Patton. Patton discussed how there is an increasing number of women in India studying Sanskrit and becoming ritu
How was the Bhakti movement a departure from the Hindu tradition of the classical Sanskrit texts? The Bhakti movement was in Tamil which "was a vernacular language associated with powerful emotions" according to Oxtoby. It was the first time literatu
1.What role did the "four sights" of Siddrtha Gautama play in his renunciation, eventual awakening (bodhi), and formulation of his Dharma?
Seeing the sick man, old suffering man, monk and corpse helped Siddrtha Gautama "overcome his vanity of youth
How is the hierarchy of the Four Classes (var as) described in the Rg Veda? In the Rg Veda it said " From his mouth came the priestly class From his arms, the rulers The producers came form his legs; From his feet cam the servant class. The four clas
Who is Mahāvīra and what role does he play within the Jain tradition?
Mahāvīra was the last of the 24 tīrthankaras. He was born Vardhamāna and his title Mahāvīra
means great hero. According to Oxtoby after Mahāvīra achieves enlightenment “he comes to be