Advaita Discussion Series: Vivekachoodamani

Friday, December 06, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

4-144, 4-144 Building 4

This semester, we will be having, as part of the Satsanga, a Vivekachoodamani series led by our chaplain, Swami Tyagananda. The Vivekachoodamani is an introductory treatise within the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Hinduism, traditionally attributed to Adi Sankara of the eighth century. For many centuries, it has been celebrated as a prakaraṇa grantha (teaching manual) of Advaita.

Vivekachoodamani literally means the "Crest-jewel of discrimination". It expounds the Advaita Vedanta philosophy in the form of a self-teaching manual, with many verses in the form of a dialogue between a student and a spiritual teacher. The text discusses key concepts and the viveka or discrimination or discernment between real (unchanging, eternal) and unreal (changing, temporal), and self-knowledge as the central task of the spiritual life.

Through the course of semester, we will have 10 meetings:

September 13, 27
October 4, 11, 18
November 1, 8, 15, 22
December 6

They will be from 6-7pm in 4-144. Please subscribe to our calendar for any updates. Each session will have a brief prayer, meditation and a discussion of the text led by our chaplain, Swami Tyagananda, followed by Q&A. 

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