Introduction to Indian Philosophy (8 lectures)

buddhaThe Athens Center for Indian & Indo-Greek Studies and  the Yoga Center Blue Elephant organize a series of eight lectures on the theme “Introduction to Indian Philosophy” with Indologist Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis.

Course starts:

Sunday, October 23, 17: 00 – 19: 00 hrs.

At the Yoga Center Blue Elephant (23, Democratias ave., Neo Psychiko)


1. Comparative presentation of Greek and Indian philosophies – Sunday, October 23 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Relations between Greek and Indian philosophy. Historical contacts, ideological similarities and differences.

Study: The Greeks in India, Greeks and Buddhism.

2. Following the Natural Law – The Vedic View of Life – Sunday, November 13 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Four Vedas, the Sanskrit language, Vedic philosophy, Vedic education, monasticism and society, four aims of life, four social classes (castes).

Text: The Hymn of Creation.

3. From Ritual to Knowledge – The Philosophy of the Upanishad-s – Sunday, December 11 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Transition from ritual knowledge, the secret doctrine, Brahman and Atma, four great declarations (mahavakya-s), Maya or ignorance, the principal Upanishad-s.

 Study: Ishavasia Upanishad

4. The Indian Epics – Sunday, January 15 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Unification of the Vedic with the indigenous Indian religion, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, yoga in the Bhagavad Gita (Knowledge, Action, Devotion).
Study: Bhagavad Gita

5. The Nastikas: Buddhism, Jainism, Materialism – Sunday, February 12 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

The epistemological, metaphysical and moral philosophy of Indian materialism (Charvaka), Jainism (anekantavada, syadvada, capture and release), Buddhism (the Buddha’s teaching, initial and subsequent schools, Nirvana, the expansion of Buddhism).
Study: Dhammapada

6. Rationality and Realism – The orthodox Brahmanical schools – Sunday, March 12 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

The realism of Vaisheshika, the logic of Nyaya, and the ritualistic approach of Mimamsha,

7. Kapila’s Sankhya and Patanjali’s Yoga – Sunday, April 2 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

The practice of Yoga and the dualistic theory of Sankhya.

Study: Sankhya Karika, Yoga Sutra

8. Vedanta and Tantra – Sunday, May 14 at 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Schools and philosophy of Vedanta. The development of the tantric tradition, the tantric schools, philosophy of Tantra.
Study: Avadhouta Gita, Shiva Sutra.

Students who attend all lectures receive certificate from the Athens Center for Indian & Indo-Greek Studies.

For registration and further information, please call 213-0402294 or send an email to or to