Indian philosophy aims at the spiritual liberation of man and at the same time defines the path that leads to it. The path to freedom is based on three pillars, also known as the ‘three jewels’ – right vision, right knowledge, and right practice. But its division into a multitude of schools and traditions with often contradictory and conflicting theories and practices lies in the way they interpret the concept of “right.” Each school perceives the “truth” according to the teachings of its founders, firm and unchanging over time, but the study of the Indian philosophy as a whole enables us to see the other side – the relative – that harmonizes with the subjective and the constantly changing consciousness of man. The three pillars of righteousness not only support the elevation of human consciousness to the higher states of being, but also other purposes of life – the fulfillment of the individual duty, production of wealth and values, and enjoyment of the goods of life. The truth of the transcendental unity is expressed and realized through the colorful garden of mind and human existence.

Indian philosophy courses at the Athens Center for Indian & Indo-Hellenic Studies

The Indian philosophy courses are conducted under the guidance of Indologist Professor Dimitrios Vassiliadis and invited expert teachers. The methodology used is critical and enlightening and is often accompanied by slide shows, films and documentaries. 

The courses are held in the Greek language online through the ZOOM platform and are divided into two levels: a) Introduction to Indian Philosophy and b) Study of philosophical texts (Śāstrī).

Introductory courses are intended for students who wish to acquire a general knowledge of specific topics such as: “Introduction to Indian Philosophy”, “Introduction to Yoga Philosophy”, “Introduction to the Philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism”, “The Philosophy of Buddhism”, “The Great Masters of India and their Teachings”, etc. Each course consists of a series of weekly lessons that last a quarter or a semester depending on the in-depth analysis of the subject.

The philosophical texts (Śāstrī) courses focus on the study of classic works such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mulamadhyamaka Karika, Sankhya Karika, Yoga Sutra, Shiva Sutra, Spanda Karika, etc. The original texts are translated and annotated by the teacher and students. Enrollment in the Śāstrī level requires knowledge of the basic principles of Indian philosophy. Knowledge of the Sanskrit language is helpful but not necessary.

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Study Courses

Study of Philosophical Texts (Śāstrī)

“The philosophy of trinity (Trika) and spiritual vibrations (Spanda)”
1st Cycle – Study of Philosophical Texts (Śāstrī)

MA1 Beginning October 25, 2023
Classes every Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm

MA2 Beginning October 25, 2023
Classes every Wednesday 19:30 -21:30 pm

Introduction to Indian Philosophy

1st study “Vedas and Upanishads”

Group A1: Beginning October 30, 2023
Classes every Monday 16:00 – 18:00 pm

2nd study “Indian Epics and the Bhagavad Gita”

Group B1: May 2020 – April 2021 Completed

Group B2: January 2021 – April 2021 Completed

3rd study “The Unorthodox – Buddhism, Jainism, Materialism”

Group C1: May = December 2021 Completed

Group C2: May = December 2021 Completed

4rth study ” Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika”

Group D1: January – June 2022 Completed

Group D2: January – June 2022 Completed

Exams – Summer 2022

5th study “Vedanta and Tantra”

E1 Starting October 5, 2022
Classes every Wednesday 12:00 -2: 00 pm

E2 Starting October 5, 2022
Classes every Wednesday 19:30 -21: 30 pm

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