HPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra

December 11, 2016

The Nyāya-Sūtra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis.


HPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga

November 27, 2016

A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written.


HPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra

November 13, 2016

Yoga as presented by Patañjali offers a practical complement to the Sāṃkhya theory of the cosmos and the self.


HPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine

October 30, 2016

Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita.


HPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika

October 16, 2016

The oldest treatise of Sāṃkhya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind.


HPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta

October 2, 2016

Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta.


HPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language

September 18, 2016

The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.


HPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta

September 4, 2016

Śaṅkara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Vedānta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion.


Summer Reading

August 6, 2016

How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.


HPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra

July 24, 2016

The founding text of the Vedānta school, the Vedānta- or Brahma-Sūtra, interprets the Upaniṣads as teaching that all things derive from brahman.