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Nalanda University MA in Hindu Studies (Sanātana)
Nalanda University

MA in Hindu Studies (Sanātana)

Rajgir, India

2 Years

English

Full time

31 May 2024

05 Aug 2024

USD 2,066 *

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Introduction

Over the millennium, the ancient seers, and saints living across the river Sindhu made the intuitive realization of the eternal spiritual truth (Satya). They visualized the core principles that govern the world causing material as well as spiritual progress of every living being known as dharma.

The core and eternal principles known as the Sanātana dharma, the mighty edifice of the Indian civilization are manifested and transmitted both orally and textually within a variety of knowledge traditions and practices. The study of such rich oral as well as textual traditions and practices is the kernel of Hindu study. Different streams of Hindu studies are like the branches of a single living tree of Indian culture, thought, ritual, and spirituality.

The course is uniquely designed to grasp the rich spiritual as well as intellectual system of the Hindus – a distinctively interdisciplinary system where the textual and the oral, the verbal and the visual, the scientific and the metaphysical, the transcendental and the functional are interlocked as parts of a whole. (Kapila Vatsyayana in Kalātattvakośa).

School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religion

The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion offers an M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion (SBSPCR), and M.A. in Hindu Studies (Sanātana). The programme in Buddhist Studies emphasizes a deep and distinctive study of Buddhist ideas and values and historically contextualizes those ideas in relation to other proximal philosophical and religious traditions such as Vedic, Sankhya, Yoga, and Tantra. The programme in Hindu Studies is designed to enable the students to grasp the rich spiritual as well as intellectual system of the Hinduism – a distinctively interdisciplinary system where the textual and the oral, the verbal and the visual, the scientific and the metaphysical, the transcendental and the functional are interlocked as parts of a whole. Through an interdisciplinary/ comparative curriculum, the School examines the wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and the concurrent philosophical systems of Asia in general and of South and Southeast Asia in particular.

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