What Buddha Said: Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy explores the origin, philosophy and broader cultural milieu of early Buddhism as it developed in India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Specific attention will be given to the life of the Buddha and the embodiment of core Buddhist principles such as non-self, mindfulness, and nirvana. Concepts including the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-fold Path, karma and dharma will be discussed in a comparative manner with reference to other contemporaneous religious traditions. Textual excerpts from Buddhist sutra literature in Pali will contextualize interactive class discussion.
Srinivas Reddy is a disciple of Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Srinivas is a professional concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals in the US, India and Europe. He has three albums to his credit: GITA (1999), Sitar & Tabla (2001) and Hemant & Jog (2008). In 2011 Srinivas graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Under the guidance of Professor George Hart he studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu literary traditions. His translation of the work entitled Giver of the Worn Garland was published by Penguin Books in 2010. His latest book is Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara.