In this five-lecture series, Graham Burns gives a broad overview of the Upanishads, explaining the history and culture in which they arose. He takes you through several themes that are explored in some of the more prominent Upanishads. He illuminates important concepts that begin to form the foundation of much of Indian thought. Graham presents this lecture series in a clear, intelligent way that is sure to make the wisdom of the Upanishads accessible for anyone interested in learning more about the foundations of Indian philosophy.
- Session One: Introduction to the Upanishads and their historical background
- Session Two: Key ideas found throughout the Upanishads
- Session Three: Exploring the narratives found throughout the texts
- Session Four: Stories of Atman or the Self
- Session Five: Philosophical interpretations
Graham Burns is a former city-lawyer-turned-yoga-teacher and academic. He has a master’s degree (with distinction) in religions from SOAS, University of London, where he focussed on ancient Indian religion and philosophy and the historical roots of the Yoga traditions. He is now in his final year researching a PhD at SOAS on the philosophical teachings of the Vedic Upaniṣads. Graham teaches undergraduate Hinduism at SOAS and has also lectured on the SOAS MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. As well as regular Yoga classes and trainings in London and internationally, Graham teaches Yoga history, philosophy, and Sanskrit on the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course.
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- Krish Raghavan
Excellent narration. Very calm and spaced out. But he hasn't mentioned anything about Brahma Sutras. Core Upanishadic essence was already summarised into Sutras for progeny in the Guru parampara. In orthodox Vedic traditions, a Guru establishes Dharmic path based on a solid grounding in Brahma Sutras and Sanskrit as a language allows for multiple notions of divinity tending towards a common truth.