25th Gonda Lecture

Harunaga Isaacson: Speaking (and Writing) of Secrets: The Esoteric in Classical Sanskrit Traditions

24 November 2017 from 16:00 to 17:00 hrs
Bushuis Building / Oost-Indisch Huis, VOC-zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
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The Gonda Foundation and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences cordially invite you to the 25th Gonda Lecture by Harunaga Isaacson, Professor of Classical Indology in the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Hamburg University, Germany.

f. 1v of Cambridge University Library MS Or. 149, containing the opening of Rāmapāla’s Sekanirdeśapañjikā Commentary on the Explanation of Consecration. With thanks to © Cambridge University Library. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC 3.0)

The 25th Gonda Lecture by Harunaga Isaacson will discuss aspects of the role of secrecy and of the idea of secrecy in Indian tantric religions, as well as in other Indian (classical Sanskritic) traditions. The relationship between oral and written transmission of knowledge in pre-modern India will also be touched upon.