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With a history that stretches from the early 2nd millennium BCE to the present Sanskrit is a language that provides the essential keys for understanding the history, culture and knowledge systems of South Asia, as well as the lands beyond that came under its cultural influence. See below for our selection of 2016W courses!

Sanskrit is a language of unparalleled beauty, elegance, and sophistication, and in India it has served as the preferred register for elite poetry, philosophy, religion, and science for over 3000 years, and across South and Southeast Asia, from Afghanistan to Bali. No matter your religious, ethnic, or social background, this “language of the gods” (devabhāṣā) provides a way to experience the timeless wonder of ancient Indian poetry and knowledge, and to express yourself with erudition and grace.

Sanskrit is a language of unparalleled beauty, elegance, and sophistication, and in India it has served as the preferred register for elite poetry, philosophy, religion, and science for over 3000 years, and across South and Southeast Asia, from Afghanistan to Bali. No matter your religious, ethnic, or social background, this “language of the gods” (devabhāṣā) provides a way to experience the timeless wonder of ancient Indian poetry and knowledge, and to express yourself with erudition and grace.

300 Level

Winter 2017

SANS300 Introductory Sanskrit Sections

Basic vocabulary and most important grammatical features of classical Sanskrit. Useful to students of South Asian history, culture, languages, philosophies, and religions, and of linguistics and classics. Credit will be granted for only one of SANS 300 or SANS 102 or both SANS 100, SANS 101 or both SANS 301, SANS 302.

 

The oldest and most valued texts of today’s popular physical and spiritual yoga practices are in Sanskrit. Beyond philosophy, “yoga” also means to harness, connect, or join. Sanskrit itself is connected linguistically to Old Persian, Latin, Greek, and other European classical languages, and taking Sanskrit at UBC is an excellent way to connect to the rich cultural traditions of India.

The oldest and most valued texts of today’s popular physical and spiritual yoga practices are in Sanskrit. Beyond philosophy, “yoga” also means to harness, connect, or join. Sanskrit itself is connected linguistically to Old Persian, Latin, Greek, and other European classical languages, and taking Sanskrit at UBC is an excellent way to connect to the rich cultural traditions of India.

400 Level

Winter 2017

SANS400 Intermediate Sanskrit Sections

Advanced grammar and selected readings. Credit will be granted for only one of SANS 400 or SANS 200 or both SANS 201, SANS 202 or both SANS 401, SANS 402.

SANS450A Further Readings in Sanskrit - FURTHER READINGS Sections

Study of selected texts belonging to a particular period (e.g., Vedic) or representing a specific branch of kavya (poetic literature) or sastra (technical-philosophical literature).

 

The motto of modern India is in Sanskrit: satyam eva jayate, “Truth alone prevails.” It reflects the deep social, cultural, and philosophical power that truth has held in South Asia for thousands of years. The Sanskrit language has been a time-honored, highly refined way to access, understand, and express eternal truths, and in turn to live a life that is true.

The motto of modern India is in Sanskrit: satyam eva jayate, “Truth alone prevails.” It reflects the deep social, cultural, and philosophical power that truth has held in South Asia for thousands of years. The Sanskrit language has been a time-honored, highly refined way to access, understand, and express eternal truths, and in turn to live a life that is true.