A Thousand Teachings - The Upadesasahasri of Sankara

Author(s): Sengaku Mayeda (Edited and Translated by); John M. Koller (Edited and Translated by)

Vedanta

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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  • : 9780791409442
  • : State University of New York Press
  • : Suny Press
  • : 0.399161
  • : January 1992
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  • : Sengaku Mayeda (Edited and Translated by); John M. Koller (Edited and Translated by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 288