Wisdom Leads to Happiness

Evergreen Forum Course, February 2020 – Reading and Viewing Material:

LECTURE PLAN:

  1. Introduction to the Indian Philosophy and the Gita
  2. The Concept of Sthitaprajna
  3. Introduction to Stoic Seneca
  4. The Concept of the Sapiens
  5. Strategies for Emotional Control in both Philosophies
  6. Wisdom Vs Non-wisdom in Seneca and the Gita
  7. Comparison of Sapiens and Sthitaprajna
  8. Happiness, Sukha, Shanti, Eudaimonia

Books Recommended for Further Reading:

  1. Sapiens and Sthitaprajna by Ashwini Mokashi – Useful for all Lectures
  2. De Vita Beata by Seneca (Available on Amazon, or in the local libraries, certainly at the Firestone library at the University) – Useful for Lecture 8
  3. Seneca’s Letters – Useful for Lectures 3, 4 and 8
  4. https://hillelettersfromstoic.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/letters-from-a-stoic_lucius-annaeus-seneca.pdf, other pdfs available on the internet too.
  5. Moral Essays by Seneca (Available on Amazon, or in the local libraries, certainly at the Firestone library at the University) – Useful for Lectures 5, 6, 7
  6. Bhagavad-Gita, Translation of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chapters – you are welcome to read all the chapters. (There are many good books available on the Gita, also many PDFs. Here is one that I think highly of. The print version is available in the bookstores. http://www.bhagavatgita.ru/files/Bhagavad-gita_As_It_Is.pdf) – Useful for Lectures 1 and 2
  7. Raj-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda (available on Amazon) – Useful for Lecture 8
  8. Theaetetus by Plato (Available on Amazon or the Firestone library)
  9. History of Indian Philosophy by R D Ranade and S K Belvalkar (Available on Amazon) – Useful for Lecture 1 and 2
  10. Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics by Mirium Griffin (Available on Amazon or the Firestone library) – Useful for Lecture 3 and 4
  11. ‘A Constructive Survey by Upanishadic Philosophy’ by R. D. Ranade (Available on Amazon) – Useful for Lectures 7 and 8
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger

Published by ashwinimokashi

Ashwini Mokashi's book 'Sapiens and Sthitaprajna' is on Comparative Philosophy on the concept of the wise person in Stoic Seneca and the Gita. The book talks about how wisdom leads to happiness. This book is now also recognized by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association from New York. Her next book, a work in progress, is an account of a meditational community in India. Her broad interest is in synthesizing wisdom from various ancient traditions in the context of modern challenges.

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