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Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Great Books of the East - The Indian tradition

This earlier post introduced an article on "the idea and history of classics or great books in the four eastern traditions, Islamic, Indian, Chinese and Japanese". In this second post, here are suggested great books in the Indian tradition.
Hymns from the Rigveda (c. 1500 - 1200 B.C.)
Upanishads (before 6th Century B.C. - 15th Century A.D.)
Bhagavad Gita (5th - 2nd Century B.C.) ["Song of the Lord"]
Valmiki (c. 200 B.C.)
Ramayana
Dhammapada (c. 300 B.C.)
Mahasatipatthana Sutta (The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness)
Milinda Panha (c. 100 B.C.)
Mahaparinibbana Sutta ("Sutta on the Great Final Deliverance")
Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamitahrdaya)
Nagarjuna (c. 150 – c. 250)
Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way)
Shantideva (8th Century)
Bodhicaryavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life)
Vimalakirti Sutra (c. 100)
Kalidasa (5th Century)
Abhijnanasakuntala or Shakuntala ("Of Shakuntala recognised by a token")
Adi Shankara (788–820)
Brahmasutrabhasya (commentary on Brahma Sutra)
Jayadeva (c. 1200)
Gita Govinda
Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941)
Collected Poems and Plays (1966)
Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)
The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1925 - 1929)
(Considered but not selected: Mahabharata; Patanjali, Yoga Sutras (c. 400 B.C.); Chanakya [Kautilya, or Vishnugupta] (fl. 322-299 B.C.), Arthashastra; Sudraka, Mrichchhakatika (The Little Clay Cart); Panchatantra (3rd Century B.C.); Bharthari, Satakatraya: Nitisataka, Srngarasataka, Vairagyasataka (Centuries of Worldly Life, Passion, and Renunciation); Ramanuja (1017–1137), Vedarthasangraha (commentary on the Vedas), Sri Bhasya (commentary on the Brahma-sutras), Bhagavad Gita Bhashya (commentary on the Bhagavad Gita);

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