The Upanishads: The Sacred Texts that Changed India and the West  

Thursday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

The Upanishads with Jeffery D. Long 8.25.22The Upanishads form the final portion of the sacred Vedas and serve as the textual foundation for the philosophical tradition of Vedanta. In this presentation, Dr. Jeffery D. Long, after briefly introducing the texts themselves, will describe the ways in which the Upanishads have shaped both Indian and Western thought. The reception of these profound and insightful writings will be explored across both time and space, from great Vedantic acharyas, or teachers, such as Shankara and Ramanuja, to the Mughal Emperor Dara Shikoh, to Western thinkers such as Arthur Schopenhauer and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The message of the Upanishads is timeless, and thus as relevant today as when they were first revealed more than two millennia ago.

jeffrey longJeffery D. Long is Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. His graduate degrees are from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame. He also studied for two years at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Jeffery is the author of A Vision for Hinduism (2007), Jainism: An Introduction (2009), The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism (2011), and Hinduism in America: A Convergence of Worlds (2020), as well as a variety of articles and essays in edited volumes available on Amazon.

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