Sanskrit Classes – Spring 2012

Classes in Sanskrit – Spring 2012

The Manglam Research Center offers several Sanskrit courses for students at all levels of experience. MRC Sanskrit courses are designed to allow students to progress steadily in their studies while holding full-time jobs. Whether you are a linguist, a yoga teacher, or a student of Buddhism, MRC offers courses that will enrich your experience of language and allow you to gain a more intimate appreciation of classical Indian philosophy.

Intermediate Sanskrit: Readings in Epic and Narrative literature in Sanskrit
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, May 15 – July 30 (12 weeks). $180
Instructor: David Mellins

A class for students who have completed their elementary training in Sanskrit grammar. The course will incrementally introduce more challenging readings so that students gain confidence in recognizing vocabulary and grammatical forms. We will begin with readings from theKathāsaritsāgara in Landman’s A Sanskrit Reader, which provides an extensive glossary and notes and progress to readings from the great Sanskrit epics: Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata.

Guided Readings (to be arranged individually)
Instructor: David Mellins

Private tutorials for intermediate and advanced students who would like assistance reading in different domains of Sanskrit literature: Sanskrit poetry, Classical Indian philosophy (Vedānta, Nyāya, Saṅkhyā, Mimāṃṣā, Śaivism).

Research Internships
Meetings on selected Monday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Students at intermediate levels of Sanskrit have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects at the Mangalam Research Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and refine research methodologies at the same time that they cultivate skill in reading Sanskrit and analyzing Buddhist texts and contribute to the goals of the Research Center.

About the Instructor:

David Mellins, Ph.D.
David received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Sanskrit, and is a specialist in the poetic and rhetorical literature of classical India. He has taught at Columbia, Rutgers and Yale.


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