A Thousand Teachings: The Upadesasahasri of Sankara

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SUNY Press, 1979 - Religion - 265 pages
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This is the best introduction to Vedanta and to Sankara's philosophy. The Upadesaasahasri, or A Thousand Teachings consists of a metrical part and a prose part. In the metrical part, Sankara discusses the basic philosophical problems of non-dualism, at the same time refuting the teachings of other philosophical schools. In the prose part, he explains how to teach the way to self realization--to enlightenment.

Sankara and the great Abhinavagupta are generally regarded as the two greatest thinkers in the long history of Indian philosophy. Sankara represented Advaita Vedanta, a non-dualistic view of ultimate reality. Most of his works are commentaries on classics of Indian thought. A Thousand Teachings is the only non-commentarial work that can be attributed to him; the other independent writings ascribed to him are probably spurious.
 

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Contents

Sankaras Central Doctrine and His Position in
11
Atmaris Identity with Brahman
18
VII
60
Transmigration and Final Release 69
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B Final Release 73
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Transmigrator 75
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Avidyd 76
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The Locus and the Object of Avidyd 79
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Having Cut ChUtvaprakararui
116
Located in the Intellect Buddhydrudhaprakarana 118
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The Nature of Pure Consciousness Citisvarupaprakarana 120
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Subtlety Sukmataprakarana 121
121
Seeing Dniprakurana 123
123
The Quality of Being the Beholder Ikjitrtvaprakarana 126
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In the Sunlight Prakdsasthaprakarana 129
129
Eyelessness Acakfusfvaprakarana 132
132

A Theoretical Defect in Avidyd 82
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E The Means to Final Release 84
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E Sankaras View of Ethics 88
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A THOUSAND TEACHINGS TRANSLATION AND NOTES
99
Metrical Part Padyabandha 1 Pure Consciousness Caitanyaprakarana 103
103
Negation Pratisedhaprakaraiia 108
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The Lord Isvaraprakarana 110
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Inotion Aharnpratyayaprakarana 112
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Suspicion of Urine Mutrdsankaprakarana 114
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Dream and Memory Svapnasmrtiprakarana 136
136
One Thing Cannot Be Another Ndnyadanyatprakarana 142
142
Consisting of Earth Pdrihivaprakarand 149
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Right Thought Samyahmatiprakarana 160
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Thou Art That Tattvamasiprakarana 172
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Annihilation of Fever Jvaranasaprakarana 203
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Awareness Avagatiprakararui234
234
Paruamktydna Meditation Parisamkhyanaprakarana 251
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Sengaku Mayeda, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies at the University of Tokyo, is the world's foremost authority on the Upadesaasahasri. With this translation and an extensive introduction to Sankara's life and thought, he makes this classic of Indian philosophy accessible to a wider readership.

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