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Sanskrit Ancient Language Workshop in Toronto | July 5, 2014 at 5pm

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Subhashita: An Exploration of Sanskrit
(with an emphasis on material relevant to the Yogic and Shoalin Buddhist Tradition)

When: July 5th, 2014, 5pm to 7pm with a short tea break at 6pm
Where: Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, 198 Spadina Ave (basement), M5T 2C2
Cost: $20 per person, $15 for STQI Members, students and seniors (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)
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Join us for a journey through the ancient mystical language of Sanskrit (the perfected language), the oldest language still in use today. We will start our journey with an overview of the development and breath of literature existent in the Sanskrit language. We will then dive into learning to use Sanskrit as a living spoken language. After a short tea break we will then learn some Yoga philosophy and Mahayana Buddhist vocabulary, as well as an overview of grammar. We will finish up with the chanting of Mantras (and Dharanis), learning the meanings as we go along. All material will be provided in transliterated (Roman / English letters) to avoid the need to cover a traditional script (such as Devanagari, Siddham, etc).

This workshop is intended for those with little to no back ground in Sanskrit while still offering some gems for intermediate students to take away. If there is sufficient interest a weekly class will be started.

Speaker Bio:
Vikram grew up with Sanskrit starting at a young age at home (and in the temple) as part of his family’s Hindu spiritual heritage (and his grandmother who has a master’s in Sanskrit). In that context he has received all of the initiations (Sanskaras) required to study and teach Sanskrit. Vikram also has a BA in Sanskrit from the University of Sydney and learned Spoken Sanskrit from Dr. Meenakshi Srinivasan of Sanskrit Bharati. Vikram divides his time between practicing and teaching meditation, primarily in the Vajrayana Buddhist Tradition and helping his family businesses. He spent the previous two and a half years studying and practicing meditation in Sikkim, India (Eastern Himalaya) and currently lives in Toronto with his two boys (and trains at STQI).

(Devimahatmya – Greatness of the manuscript on palm-leaf, in an early Bhujimol script, Bihar or Nepal, 11th century)

(Buddhist Sanskrit text, Tang (618—907), National Museum of China, Beijing)

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