research

♦ Fund-finding campain for “Digital Dharma” a documentary on E. Gene Smith

Today I have received an email from my friend Lara Maconi concerning a fund-finding campain for a documentary on E. Gene Smith (here some among the principal obituaries from newspapers: The Economist, The NY Times, The Telegraph, The Washington Post). Althought the documentary is almost completed, few but essential things are still to be done. The… Continue reading ♦ Fund-finding campain for “Digital Dharma” a documentary on E. Gene Smith

research

♦ A new tool for monitorizing how many people come across this blog and from where

The particular contents of this blog, and the fact that I add more or less only one post per month, are two relevant factors that contribute, on the one side, to select the visitors on the basis of their interests and, on the other side, to keep the number of visitors low. Indeed, and of… Continue reading ♦ A new tool for monitorizing how many people come across this blog and from where

Cārvāka/Lokāyata

♦ Vātsyāyana’s critique of the materialistic theory of cognition

As is well-known, according to Indian Cārvāka/Lokāyata materialism (on account of which see here) cognition (jñāna, but also caitanya) emerges only where and when the material elements (earth, water, fire and air) are mixed up to constitute a physical living body. This perspective has been, of course, criticized by lots of non-Cārvaka philosophers in lots… Continue reading ♦ Vātsyāyana’s critique of the materialistic theory of cognition

books

♦ Pali Text Society: Colette Caillat’s “Selected Papers”

Colette Caillat, Selected Papers, The Pali Text Society, Bristol 2011, pp. lxxiii + 387. From the Introduction: «Colette Caillat (1921-2007) was first trained in classical languages (Latin and Greek) and philology at the Sorbonne University, Paris, and started her career by teaching in various secondary schools. Later on, when she turned to the field of… Continue reading ♦ Pali Text Society: Colette Caillat’s “Selected Papers”

meetings · research

♦ The Fifth International Vedic Workshop

The Centre for Eurasiatic and Afroasiatic Studies (CEAS), Bucharest organizes: The Fifth International Vedic Workshop Hotel Novotel, sala Paris Rive Droite, Bucharest 20.09.2011 – 11 papers 9.00-11.00 official opening: Sarvaśākhāsamanvayam vaidikamaṅgalam    addresses by the organizers: Michael Witzel, Shrikant S. Bahulkar, Jan E. M. Houben 11.00-11.30 coffee break 11.30-13.00 – plenary session: 3 papers MODERATOR:… Continue reading ♦ The Fifth International Vedic Workshop

meetings · research

♦ The Coffee Break Conference — 2

The following is the agenda, kindly sent via mail by Elisa Freschi, of: The Study of South Asia: between Antiquity and Modernity: Parallels and Comparisons. The Coffee Break Conference — 2 (8-10 September 2011) Where: Institute of Oriental Studies, Caserma Sani, via Principe Amedeo 182b (Underground “Vittorio”), Rome 1 1.1  Language as a Way of… Continue reading ♦ The Coffee Break Conference — 2

Buddhist Texts

♦ What is the *Paramārthanyāyagīti of Saraha?

In “Adversaria Buddhica”, an article published by Christian Lindtner on the Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 26 (1982), the author collects the references that Bhāviveka makes in his Madhyamakaratnapradīpa (MRP) to other contemporary or previous philosophers or works. In the list on pages 175-176, we meet with the following point «d) A verse from… Continue reading ♦ What is the *Paramārthanyāyagīti of Saraha?