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الخميس، ٢٥ يوليو

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3-Week SASA Reading Group: The Milindapañha: A Conversation Between a Greek King and an Indian Buddhist Sage

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Thursdays at 11 am Eastern Time Led by Edward A. S. Ross

3-Week SASA Reading Group: The Milindapañha: A Conversation Between a Greek King and an Indian Buddhist Sage
3-Week SASA Reading Group: The Milindapañha: A Conversation Between a Greek King and an Indian Buddhist Sage

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٢٥ يوليو ٢٠٢٤، ١١:٠٠ ص – ١٢:٠٠ م غرينتش-٤

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About the Event

If an Ancient Greek person and an Indian Buddhist ascetic met on the road, what do you think they would have discussed? What would the Greek person have thought of Buddhist practice and philosophy? How would the Buddhist ascetic engage with the worldview of the Greek person? The Milindapañha, a narrative account from the Pāli Buddhist Canon, presents this situation in the form of a question and answer discussion. This reading group will introduce you to this text, its context, and its recent interpretations so that you can deepen your understanding of the migration of Buddhism into Central Asia at the end of the Hellenistic Period (323 – 32 BCE).

No previous knowledge is required for this reading group. Each session will follow the groups points of interest in the relevant readings for that week, but the focus will primarily be on contextualizing the source and the figures indicated in it. There are some discussion questions outlined for each week to guide your reading, but please do highlight any aspects or comments that interest you. These discussions are intended to be open, inclusive, and productive.

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group

Thursdays at 11 am Eastern Time  

Start date: July 25th

End date: August 8th

MUST RSVP TO GET LIVE SYLLABI WITH THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all 3 sessions. 

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