Rise of Consciousness

August - December, 2011

Course 1
Subject/ discipline: Philosophy and Psychology
Course title: Signs of Self – A Study of Self-sense and Identity
Level of course: Advanced
Number of credits: 3
Type of paper: Lecture, Guided reading, Written assignments, and Discussion
Name of instructor(s): Sangeetha Menon

Brief description:
A theme that runs through the major discussions in neuropsychiatry, phenemenology and philosophy is the place, nature, and origin of self. The theories and debates on self have moved from studying an abstract object to a living subject whose personhood is challenged and framed by neural and mental disposition. Disorders that alter self-perceptions indicate how delicate and thin the neural and mental divide between normalcy and lunacy is. The challenge is not one way, but two ways. The subjective self through her experiences, values, attitudes and self-perceptions can alter or influence neural changes to bring in qualitative progress in life. In a way, the brain challenges the self, and the self challenges the brain. The renewed contemporary interest in values of antiquity such as empathy and compassion, and their biological foundations in mirror neurons and brain-maps, invite us to think about the phasing out stark divisions between ‘me’ and the ‘other’, and to include more of the ‘other’ in ‘me’. This would also bring in studies in cultural neuroscience, social emotions, place of emotions in decision-making, and most importantly questions on the Self-sense, its peripheries and the ontic core. How much of the Self-sense is embodied? Is the Self-sense separable from body-schema and its proprioceptive capabilities? What is the role of ownership and agency in binding the Self-sense to the body-sense? What is the nature of the Self-sense in people with acute impairments in movement and touch senses? Is the Self-sense primarily a meaning-making mechanism that overrides bodily limits and disabilities? This Course will discuss many of these and related questions within the context of neuropsychology and philosophy. Some of the authors whom we will discuss are: Galen Strawson, Shaun Gallagher, Jonathan Cole, Todd Feinberg and Antonio Damasio. To a limited extent we will also discuss works of some of the Indian philosophers Sankaracharya (adhyasa-bhashya), Abhinavagupta (tantrasara) and Vidyaranya (panchadasi).

Prerequisites:
An unwavering interest and commitment to understand the concept of ‘self’.
Some background in any branch of Humanities will be favourable.
Readiness to read, write, and discuss; and engage in relevant phenomenological exercises.

Starting date and schedule/ timings:
10 August, 2011 and subsequent Wednesdays
2.00 to 5.00pm
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Course 2
Subject/ discipline: Philosophy and Psychology
Course title: Guided reading and writing course in philosophy of psychology
Level of course: Intermediate
Number of credits: 2
Type of paper: Guided Reading, Writing and Discussion
Name of instructor(s): Sangeetha Menon

Brief description:
This will be a Course that introduces the basic concepts and questions discussed and debated in philosophy, psychology and philosophy of psychology.

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Workshop
"Communicating and Idea, Communicating an Image" , 6-7 September 2011
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Schedule

Past Courses

Indian psychology: Philosophy and psychology of Human Flourish 
Foundation Course module for Doctoral Students
National Institute of Advanced Studies
2 November 2010, Bangalore

Kathopanishad: Its philosophy and psychology
Humanities Course module for students of School of Humanities
22 October, 2010, NIAS

Human Predicaments, Conflicts and Self-transformation: A Study of the
Mahabharata and its Characters -- Part I & Part II
National Institute of Advanced Studies 
August 2010
For more info See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mahabharatastudies/

Basic writings and narratives in neuropsychiatric literature: Guided Reading Course 
2011, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Narratives, stories and story-tellers: A discussion on the Upanishads
Online Course by Skype for a group of students and teachers in the Europe and the US, 2011

Lectures

LecturesLECTURES

194. Self-transformation and a Life Simple: Gandhian philosophy of 'Having less' and 'Being more'
Invited Lecture at the Conference on Gandhian philosophy organised by Centre for Gandhian Studies, Gitam University, Vishakapatnam, 30 September to 2 October, 2011

193. Communicating and Idea, Communicating an Image
Workshop on Communication at National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 6-7 September 2011

192. Signs of Self
Course for Doctoral Students, National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, August to November 2011

191.  Consciousness Studies and Challenges in Neurobiology and Neuropsychiatry
Lecture at Kirloskar House, Bangalore, 4 September 2011

190.  Wellbeing and its implications for Brain and Consciousness Studies
Plenary Keynote address at the International Conference on Positive Psychology
Amity Institute of Behavioural and Allied Sciences, Jaipur, 6 August 2011

189. Body-absence and Self-sense: The 'new hard problem' in consciousness studies
NIAS Wednesday Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
27 July 2011

188. Body-sense, Brain-maps and Consciousness: Exploring the Self
Invited Public Lecture organised by the Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, 21 July, 2011.

187. Pathways to Excellence and the Road Ahead
Chief Guest's Lecture at the Convocation Programme of the Presidency College, Bangalore
30 April, 2011

186. Self at the Edge: Brain and the recent neuropsychiatric narratives
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, in collaboration with the Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences on "The Enigma of Health: Maladies and the Politics of Healing"
25-27 March, 2011

185. Qualitative approaches for Research in Psychology and Mental Health
Doctoral Course Guest Lecture at Centre for Research, Christ University, Bangalore
23rd March 2011, 5.00 to 7.00pm

184. Consciousness studies and Interdisciplinarity in Research
Doctoral Course Guest Lecture at Centre for Research, Christ University, Bangalore
22 March, 2011, 5.00 to 7.00pm

183. Self and its identity in Experience
A Dialogue Meeting with Buddhist scholars at Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda University
on Individuality, Identity and Constitution, with focus on Self in Brain Sciences
25 February -- 2 March 2011

182. Tracing Self in Neurospsychiatry: A debate on the nature of self and self-identity 
Panel Presentation at the National Symposium on "Thinking Subjectivities" at Christ University
9-10 February, 2011

181. Bhagavad Gita, and the place of Value in Consciousness Studies
Invited Special Lecture at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Calcutta
at the national Seminar on Bhagavad Gita
8th January, 2011, 6.25pm

180. Self and subjecitivty in Brain Studies: Psychological and Philosophical Implications 
Extension Lecture at Suvidya College Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Bangalore
10th December, 2010, 11.20 am

179. Understanding Stress through Indian Psychology
Lecture at NISER (National Science Education and Research), for the Seminar by School of Biological Sciences on "Stress and Metabolic Systems"
14-15 December 2010, Bhuvaneshwar.

178. Self and Immortality: Nachiketa, the young student's dialogue in the Katha Upanishad
Lecture for the Cortona-India Programme, ETH-Zurich
"Science and the Spiritual Heritage of India"
20-27 November 2010, Hyderabad
For more info See http://www.cortona-india.org/Contributors.aspx

177. Puzzles that Self and Brain give for Consciousness
Presentation for the Cortona-India Programme, ETH-Zurich
"Science and the Spiritual Heritage of India"
20-27 November 2010, Hyderabad
For more info See http://www.cortona-india.org/Contributors.aspx

176. Self and Human Flourish: Challenges in Brain Studies
Forum on "Science of Consciousness", organised by Asia Consciousness Society
16 November 2010, HongKong (TBC)

175. Brain, Self and their Interrelations in Understanding Consciousness
Plenary Lecture for international conference at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, 
11-14 November 2010, Agra

174. Indian psychology: Philosophy and psychology of Human Flourish (A discussion on the Bhagavad Gita)
Foundation Course Lecture for Doctoral Students
National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2 November 2010, Bangalore

173. Brain Studies, Consciousness and Spiritual Psychology
Valedictory address for the national seminar organised by Dept of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, 30 October 2010.

172. Truth, Beauty and Goodness: A discussion on the time-tested virtues 
AMU University Extension Lecture, Aligarh Muslim University,
29 October 2010

171. Kathopanishad: Its philosophy and psychology
Humanities Course Class lecture
22 October, 2010, NIAS, 10.30 am to 1.00pm

170. Self-exploration: Reason, Experience and Spiritual Moorings
I
nvited Lecture for the IRS officers at NADT (National Academy of Dirct Taxes) for their programme on Experience Analysis and Building, 
4-7 October, 2010, Nagpur.
Lecture on 4th Oct, 2.00 to 4.00pm

169. Human Predicaments, Conflicts and Self-transformation: A Study of the Mahabharata and its Characters -- Part I
Course for Winter Semester (Every Wednesday, 2.00 to 5.00pm)
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
August - November 2010
For more info See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mahabharatastudies/

Field work visit to Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar
Tibet ,
August 2010

168. Consciousness--Is it housed in the Self, Brain or Both?
Panel lecture for the International Conference on Transpersonal Psychology
Moscow, Hotel Ismailovo
24th June 2010

Board meetings -- International Board for Transpersonal Psychology
Moscow, Hotel Ismailovo
22nd June 2010, 5.00pm

167. The place of Self in Neuroscience
Seminar on Self and its Emotions, NIAS, Bangalore
14 June 2010

Field work visits to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath
May 2010

166. The Natural Brain and the 'Super'natural Self
Invited Lecture for the Conference on Parapsychology at Vizakh University, Vizakahapatnam, 11-12 January, 2010

165. Invited Panelist representing the ISSR (International Society for Science and Religion, Cambridge) panels on "Science, Spirituality and Environment" at the World Parliament of Religions, 3-6 December 2009, Melbourne, Australia.
Panellists included Nobel prize winner for Medicine (1996), Dr Peter Doherty.

164. Brain-challenged Self and Self-challenged Brain 
Invited Lecture for the International conference at Nanzan Institure for Religion and Cutlure, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 27-29 November 2009

163. Brain, Self and their Interrelations: Fewer Answers, more Questions
Lecture for the NIAS Wednesday Discussion meeting, JRD Tata Auditorium, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 
Indian Inst of Science, Bangalore, 18 November 2009

162. "Communication an idea, communicating a visual"
Workshop for Doctoral students, NIAS, 29-30 October 2009

161. Indian Psychology
Foundation Course Lecture for Doctoral students, NIAS, 19th October 2009

160. Sourcebook of Indian psychology
Editors and Authors meeting at NIAS 3-4 August 2009

159. Lecture on Basic Concepts: Self (in Upanishads)
Humanities Course at NIAS, 9th April 2009

158. Lecture on Basic Concepts: Mind (in Yogasutra)
Humanities Course at NIAS, 7th April 2009

157. Lecture on Basic Concepts: Body (food and consumption in Indian tradition)
Humanities Course at NIAS, 31st March 2009

156. Humanistic Psychology and the Classics
Three Credit Course, first semester, NIAS 2009

155. Self and self-transformation
Lecture at international seminar sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, on 8th January 2009, at National Institute of Advanced Studies. 
For pictures see http://samvada.com/Self.seminar.NIAS2009.htm

154. Sourcebook of Indian psychology
Editors and Authors meeting at ICPR Delhi

153. Compassion and Conflict 
Seminar at Indian Business Academy, Bangalore, 3rd January 2009

152. Invited Lecture for the Panel discussion on "World Religions and Liberalism"
at the international Whitehead conference, Christ College, Bangalore 6th January 2009.

151. Transpersonal Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita and Participative Living
Invited Lecture at the Conference on "Bhagavad Gita and Mental Health"
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
21st September 2008

150. Dialogue and Psychotherapy in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture for "Prasthutha", Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
1st Sepetember 2008

149. Hinduism and Consciousness
Plenary Lecture at the International Conference on "Hinduism in Changing World--Challenges and Opportunities", organised by The Hindu Centre, 132 Owen Road, Singapore
23rd August 2008

148. Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
Invited Lecture, Institute for Management, Christ College, Bangalore
30th July 2008

147. Indian Psychology and Wellbeing
Course Lecture for the Philosophy Summer School, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
11th June 2008

146. Consciousness and Experience
Course Lecture for the Philosophy Summer School, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
4th June 2008

145. Self-knowledge--on Atmabodha 
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust for the Birthday celebrations of The Mother of Pondicherry
21st February 2008

144. Hymn to Annapurna--The Mother Divine
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust for the Birthday celebrations of The Mother of Pondicherry
21st February 2008

143. Persistent Puzzles of Consciousness: What is it? Where is it?
Invited Lecture for the International conference on "Consciousness: Recent Advances", Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta 
19 January 2008

142. Epistemology of Experience: Challenges for consciousness and neuropsychiatric studies
Invited Lecture at the national Conference on Indian Psychology: Theories and Models, organized by Indian Council of Philosophical Research at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore
27 December 2007

141. Body, Mind and Mystical Experiences
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies 
Wednesday Discussion Meeting 
19 December 2007

140. Nectar of Love and its Flow in Consciousness
Plenary Lecture at the national conference on Sacred Love: Bhakti in Indian traditions organized by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati 
9 December 2007

139. Brain and Consciousness: Challenges in Science Spirituality Dialogues
Invited Public Lecture at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya University, Japan, 18 October, 2007

138. Gestures, Expressions and the Poise: Symbolism in Indian Arts and Dance
Invited Public Lecture at the Institute for Anthropology, Nagoya University, Japan
19th October, 2007

137. Challenges in Brain and Consciousness Studies,
Invited Public Lecture at the Kyoto Imperial University, Kyoto, Japan
16th October, 2007

136. Brain and Being Centers of Consciousness
Invited Lecture for the International Conference on Consciousness, Brain Science, and Religion: Some Asian Perspectives
Fu Jen Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taipei, Taiwan 13th October, 2007

135. Pace in Space: Theatrical, Gestural and Pictorial Space in Indian Arts
Invited Lecture at the International Conference entitled The Bangalore SPACE & CULTURE International Symposium organised by Leonardo Paris, Arts Catalyst Londoan, Srshti Bangalore, NIAS Bangalore
31st September 2007

134. Samvada tradition in Indian Philosophy
Foundation Course Lecture at NIAS 
28 September, 2007

133. Body, Embodiment and Enworldment
Lecture for the International conference on Body, Embodiment and Sensory-motor system, NIAS Bangalore
5th September 2007

132. Mind and Consciousness in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London
9th June, 2007 at 2.30pm

131. Lecture series on the first four chapters of the Bhagavad Gita
at Flat1, Bainton Street, Banbury Road, Oxford. Organised by Dr Shirley Du Boulay (Former BBC correspondent and Program Director for Religious studies)
May-June 2007 (Trinity term)

130. Neurons, experience, and being: A discussion on consciousness 
Shivadasani Lecture, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
25 Mayl, 11am–12 noon (this lecture was video documented by Rishi Handa and Millan Handa. For copy of DVD contact Rishi and Milan Handa, Email rishi_handa@hotmail.com)

129. Lecture series on "The transpersonal psychology of the Gita" 
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
May, 2007
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @            +44 (0)1865 304300      

128. The concept of Hindu philosophy
Shivadasani Seminar, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
14 May, 2–3.30pm
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @            +44 (0)1865 304300      

127. Beyond love and love beyond: Hindu and Western ideas of love
Shivadasani Seminar, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
3 May, 2–3.30pm
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @            +44 (0)1865 304300      

126. The Dance of Emotions: Faces, gestures, and movements 
Shivadasani Lecture, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 11am–12 noon, OCHS 15 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
7 May, 11am–12 noon;
this lecture is available thorugh OCHS podcasts subscription; For details click www.ochs.org.uk or contact Judit Bajusz @            +44 (0)1865 304300      

125. Self and Consciousness: Perspectives from the Gita and Upanishads
Course Lecture series for MSc students (Psychological Counselling) of Montfort College, Bangalore, 3-5 March, 2007

124. Emotions, Experience and Consciousness 
Invited Lecture for National conference on Facets of Consciousness
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram, 2 March, 2007

123. Emotions, Face and Indian Psychology: Discussions on Darwin, Ekman and Natyasastra
Lecture at the workshop on "Indian Philosophical Traditions and Contemporary Thought", NIAS, 8 December 2006

122. Mind and Consciousness
UGC Course for University Teachers, NIAS, December 2006

121. Consciousness and Indian psychology
Invited lecture for the students of management and women's studies, Banasthali Viswa Mahavidyalaya, Jaipur, 18 November 2006.

120. Emotions and Consciousness Studies
Invited Lecture for the Anniversary celebrations of Indian Business Academy, New Delhi, 9 October 2006

119. Self and Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar jointly organized by Indian Business Academy, Bangalore and Madras Development Institute, Chennai, 16 September 2006,

118. How do I know you? Where do I find you?: A science spirituality dialogue on 
consciousness and the Indian discourse

Invited Lecture for International Conference on Science and Spirituality: Global Perspectives
Organised by Interdisciplinary University de Paris and Templeton Foundation
at Hotel The Pavillon Henri IV, Saint Germain en Laye, Paris, 28 July 2006

117. Indian theories of Mind and Consciousness:
12 June 2006, Lecture for the Summer Course on Philosophy

116. Brain, Experience and Consciousness: Puzzles and Challenges
10 March 2006, Manipal Institute of Technology.

115. Indian Theories of Mind and Consciousness: Perspectives from Art, Psychology and Philosophy
10 March 2006, Dept of Architecture, Manipal Institute of Technology

114.  Brain and Consciousness: Views and Challenges
Lecture for the National Institute of Advanced Studies-UGC Teachers' Course, 12 January 2006.

113. Brain and Being
Lecture at the national conference on "Consciousness, Experience and Ways of Knowing: Perspectives from Science, Philosophy and the Arts", National Institute of Advanced Studies, 6-7 February 2006.

112. The Rain clouds of Mental Limitations and the Shower of Transcendence: Yoga and Samadhi in Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Invited Lecture at the International Conference on "Yoga and Parapsychology", Andhra University and the Institute for Human Sciences and Services, 3-6 January 2006.

111. Cognitive and Experiential Foundations of Consciousness and 'Spiritual Agency': Towards a New Epistemology
Invited Lecture at the National Seminar on History Of Science And Philosophy Of Science Conference Room, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, 8-9 November 2005

110. Consciousness, Karma and Wellbeing
Invited Lecture for Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, 26 October 2005, Bangalore.

109. Hinduism and Science: The past and future of consciousness studies
for 'Into the Future with Knowledge from Our Past' annual lecture series
organised by Sri Tirunarayana Trust, in association with Vidya Vardhaka Sangha (VVS) 
First Grade College for Women and Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham,
Sringeri, at VVS College Auditorium, Bangalore, 
13th October 2006

108 . Consciousness, Experience and Wellbeing: Classical Indian views and Current Discussions in Science
Invited Plenary Lecture for the National symposium at Dayalbagh Educational Institute deemed University, Agra, on "Education for better worldliness" October 1-2, 2005.

107. Ways of Knowing and Being 
Foundation Course Lecture for NIAS PhD Students 18 August 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

106. The Place of Philosophy and Psychology in Multidisciplinary Research in the context of consciousness studies
Foundation Course Lecture for NIAS PhD Students 19 August 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

105. Brain and Being: The Science and Spirituality of Consciousness
Invited Lecture for the International meet of the Awardees of the 'Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality Award' programme, Mont Royal Chateau, Paris, organised by the Interdisciplinary University of Paris, Elon University and supported by Templeton Foundation, 14-18 July 2005.

104. By the Consciousness Couch: Odd, Regular and Inexplicable Experiences
Lecture for the 'NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting', 31 May 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

103. Beside the Stream of Consciousness: A Survey of Old and Recent Bridges 
Lecture for the 'NIAS Discussion Forum for Consciousness', 31 May 2005, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

102. Blind Dancer and the Stunned Onlooker: Nature, Consciousness and Two Ways 
of Knowing in Samkhya-Yoga

Invited Lecture for the National Seminar on Nature and Culture, Discussion Meeting of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture 5-6 May, 2005 National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

101. How much can we 'talk' about 'mind': Some conceptual puzzles
Invited Lecture for the National Seminar on Language and Mind in Classical Indian Philosophical Traditions, 3-5 March, 2005 University of Hyderabad

100. Ways of Knowing and Indian philosophy
Course Lectures for NIAS Doctoral Students, National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore February 2005

99. Mind and Consciousness
Course Lecture for NIAS-UGC Teachers Course, Bangalore 14 February 2005

98. Two Rationalities for One Consciousness: Exploring the Scientific and Mystical Mind
Invited lecture at the international symposium on 'Science and Mysticism: East-West Dialogue', 
Indian Institute for Science and Religion, Poona, 2-6 January 2005

97. Grief and Hope
Invited lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, 12 Jan 2005

96. Persisting Puzzles of Consciousness
Invited lecture at the ICPR panel on 'Consciousness' at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 1st January 2005

95. Is Experience the Puzzle for Consciousness?
Invited Lecture at the international conference on cognitive science at Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, 16-18 December 2004

94. Healing through love, debate and just being: Instances from Indian traditions 
Invited Lecture at the national conference on Indian Psychology 9-13 December 2004.

93. Experience of Expression: Instances from Indian dramaturgy and 
a discussion on 'consciousness' 
Invited Lecture in the Spanish city of Melilla on "" at the international conference on Re-connecting Art Science and Spirituality, 18-21 July 2004.

92. Brain and Consciousness 
Public Lecture at Allahabad University, April 2004

91. Series of lectures for Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Allahabad University, April 2004

90. Psychology of the Narrative of Adi Sankaracarya and Psychotherapy
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 15, 2003

89. Psychology of Spirit and Wellbeing in the Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 15, 2003

88. Psychology of Emotions in the Bhagavad Gitaand Arjuna's Depression
Lecture at the UGC refresher course for University teachers held at Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 12, 2003

87. Being and Well-being in the Upanishadic literature
Invited lecture at the national conference on "Self and personality in Yoga and Indian psychology", Institute for Yoga and Consciousness, Andhra University and Institute for Human Science and Service, The Park Hotel, Visakhapatnam, December 9, 2003

86. What is and What is not Indian psychology?
Invited lecture at the Editor's meet, "Indian psychology" series,The Park Hotel, Vizakhapatnam, Dec 8, 2003

85. Beginning with fundamental questions about consciousness 
Invited lecture at the national seminar on "Consciousness, Society and Values, organised by Dept. of Philosophy, Goa University and Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, International Centre, Goa, January 17 2003

84. Beyond 'what' and what is 'beyond'
Lecture at the Sceince and Spritiual Quest-3 International symposium on "Science and Beyond, Consciousness, cosmology and technology in Indic traditions", National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, January 2003

83. Samvaada: Psychology of Dialoguing in Indian thought
Lecture at the NIAS-UGC course for University teachers, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, November 10, 2003

82. Being Self-aware: Some interesting ideas from Atmabodha of Sankaracarya 
Invited Lecture at the Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, September 9, 2003.

81. Where did the snake and the silver disappear: Instances from Indian epistemology
Lecture at the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting, September 17, 2003.

80. Bring the Best: Challenges and Possibilities for Self-development
Invited lecture for Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals, Bangalore, July 19, 2003

79. Basics, trends and goals of consciousness studies: Current discussions and Indian traditions
Invited talk at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, May 15, 2003

78· Foundations of Indian thought
Invited lecture at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organised by District Lions club and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Palakkad, Kerala, February 9 2003

77· Bridging traditions 
Panel talk at the VK Krishna Menon memorial lecture on "Science , technology and social change", TKM Hall, Palakkad, February 8 2003

76· Beginning with fundamental questions about consciousness 
Invited lecture at the national seminar on "Consciousness, Society and Values, organised by Dept. of Philosophy, Goa University and Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, International Centre, Goa, January 17 2003

75· Basics of Consciousness: Asking fundamental questions 
Talk at the NIAS Discussion Forum for consciousness, NIAS, January 13 2003

74· Consciousness Studies: Interdisciplinary Discussions and Indian thinking
Annual Honors Program Lecture at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 10 October 2002

73· Self-exploration and consciousness in classic Hindu thought
Public Lecture at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 7 October 2002

72· Blossoms of the beyond: Indian ways of thinking, acting and experiencing, in the context of current discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited seminar at Centre for India Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 30 September 2002

71· Being with Transcendence: Experiencing the Bhagavad Gita
Invited seminar at Centre for India Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 28 September 2002

70· Binding experiences and the 'explanatory gap': Recent multidisciplinary discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited seminar at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 26 September 2002

69· Love, wisdom and self-realisation in Indian spiritual literature
Public lecture at West Chester, Ohio, 14 September 2002

68· Being and BEING: Current discussions on 'consciousness' and Yoga traditions
Plenary talk at the thirteenth International Congress of Vedanta, held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 13th September, 2002

67· Binding experiences and epistemologies: Instances from Indian philosophy (darsana sastra), Indian psychology (moksa sastra) and Indian dramaturgy (natya sastra) in the context of recent discussions on consciousness
Invited talk at the inaugural conference on Completing the Global Renaissance: The Indic contributions as a part of the series entitled Global Renaissance Series organized by the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, and the Infinity Foundation, Princeton, held at Menla Foundation, Woodstock, New York, 28th July 2002

66· Binding experiences: Looking at being of self and self-transcendences in the context of a discussion on transpersonal psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
Invited talk at the symposium on Bhagavad Gita at the 4th biennial conference of 'World Association for Vedic Studies' held at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 13th July 2002

65· Being of and Being with consciousness: Essential differences between Indian and contemporary approaches
Invited talk at the symposium on Indian theories and approaches to consciousness at the 4th biennial conference of 'World Association for Vedic Studies' held at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 12th July 2002

64· Being with BEING: Knowing Advaita Vedanta with focus on 'consciousness'
Invited talk at the Banaglore Chapter of Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Bangalore, May 5 2002

63. Binding Epistemologies and Experiences
Invited Lecture at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, at the symposium on 'Consciousness', organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla), 18 February 2002

62. Love and Relationship in the Naradabhakti Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita
Invited Lecture at Sri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust, Bangalore, 13 February 2002

61. Binding Experiences: Self and Self-transcendences in Indian thought in the context of reecent discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited Lecture atthe interdisciplinary seminar on "Self, Society and Science: theoretical and historical perspectives" organised by Centre for Studies in Civilisations, New Delhi, 24-26 March 2002

60. Binding the Beyond: Puzzles about consciousness and experience
Invited Lecture at the National Workshop on "Puzzles of Perception", Dept. of Psychology, University of Delhi, 14-16 March, 2002

59. Binding Experiences for a First-Person Approach: Looking at Indian Ways of Thinking (darsana) and Acting (natya) in the Context of Current Discussions on 'Consciousness'
Infinity Foundation Lecture at the international conference on "Mind and Consciousness:Various Approaches", Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 9-11 January 2002

58. Binding Experiences: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to look at 'conscious experience' and the 'conscious experiencer' in the context of recent discussions on 'consciousness'
Invited Lecture at the international conference on "Scientific and philosophical Studies on consciousness: Toward a systematic theory", Centre for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 2-4 January 2002

57. Participated in the national seminar on "Rethinking Modernity" as a commentator, held at Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady, Kerala from 16-18 November 2001

56. Binding Experiences: Looking at the Contributions of Adi Sankaracarya, Tuncettu Ezuttacchan and Sri Narayana Guru in the Context of Recent Discussions on Consciousness Studies
Invited Lecture at 12th Annual Conference of National Academy of Psychology entitled "Psychology in India: Past, Present and Future" held from October 22-24, 2001 at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam, Kerala

55. By the ways of looking at 'consciousness'
Lecture at the Vivekananda Kendra Institute Bangalore at the seminar on Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness, August 2001

54. Binding Experiences: The Harder Problem of Consciousness
Presentation at the international seminar on "Science and Metaphysics: A discussion on consciousness and genetics", organised by National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Templeton Foundation, 2001

53. A few more questions about 'consciousness'
NIAS NEWS, Newsletter of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Vol10.No.1, January 2001

52. Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita: Love, Wisdom and Self-realisation
Lecture at the Nightingale Centre for the Elderly, Bangalore
Nov24th 2001

51. Beside the 'Intentor' and the 'Integrator': Looking at the Two 'Faces' of Consciousness
Invited Lecture at the Second International Conference on Integral Psychology, Sri Aurobindo 
Ashram, Pondicherry, 6th January 2001 (paper forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 
conference)

50. Looking at Mind: Thoughts from Indian Philosophy
Lecture at Choksy Hall, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on 19th October 2000.

49. A Digital Panorama: Selections from the Manuscripts Collection of National Museum and National Archives
Presentation of the CD Title(as above), at National Institute of Advanced Studies on 
10th August 2000

48. Behind the Eluding: Tracing the 'known' and the 'unknown'
Lecture at Indian Institute of Advanced Study,Shimla, at the summer school on "Working of 
Mind" on 21st June 2000

47. Unchanging Answers and Changing Questions: On Philosophical Thinking
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies, 29th March 2000

46. Structure of Mind and Structured Mind
Presentation at the national Seminar organised by Indian Council of Philosophical 
Research, in Jaipur/ New Delhi, February 2000.

45. Scope of NIAS Digital Archiving Method
Presentation at NIAS, 5th November 1999

44. The Bhakta and the Mind of the Bhakta in the Bhagavad Gita and Narada Bhakti Sutras
International Congress on Vedanta( Theistic Systems and Bhakti Traditions) in 
Hyderabad , August 9-12, 1999.

43. The Selfish Meme and The Selfless Atma: On Self, Selfishness and Selflessness
Lecture at NIAS on 23rd June 1999.

42. Consciousness: Adi Sankaracharya's View
Centre for the Foundations of Philosophy and Science , New Delhi, 13th May 1999

41. Consciousness: the past and the present
Lecture at Ma Anandamayi Hall, Bangalore, organised by Veda Adhyayana
Kendra, March 6th 1999.

40. Understanding the 'What' and 'Where' of Consciousness: Revisiting the Bhagavad Gita to ask a Few more Questions
Lecture at the First National Conference on "Scientific and Philosophical Studies on Consciousness" at NIAS, 11th February 1999.

39. Consciousness Studies--Current Status of Discussions
Lecture on the Award ceremony Function of the "Gita Puraskaram" Organised 
by Bharatiya Vichara Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, September 1998.

38. Consciousness-What? Where?--- An overview 
Panel lecture for the Symposium on "Vedanta, Ancient Insights and Modern 
Science" at R.V Teacher's college, Bangalore ,May 1998.

37. Towards a Vedantic Approach to Consciousness: The 'hard problem' revisited 
Presentation for 'Towards a Science of Consciousness', Tucson III Meet , 
Tucson, Arizona , U.S., April 1998.

36. Looking into the myth and meaning of 'panchakanya' or the Hindu notion of ideal women 
Lecture at the American Academy of Religion Meet in Claremont, 
California ,March 1998.

35. The 'hard' and 'harder' problem of consciousness 
Faculty lecture at NIAS , Bangalore, February 1998.

34. Evolution of mind and consciousness in Indian thought
Lecture at National Institute of Advanced Studies for the University Teachers'
Course ,Bangalore, October 1997.

33. Towards a Sankarite approach to consciousness: A discussion in the context 
of recent interdisciplinary scientific perspectives

Presented (panel on consciousness and science) at the International Vedanta 
Congress organised by Miami University and Rishikesh, July 1997.

32. Is consciousness intentional? A discussion in the context of Indian thought
Lecture for the Faculty of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, April 
1997.

31. Ancient Values from Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at National College, Bangalore, January 1997.

30. Karma in Bhagavad Gita
Presented at World philosophers' Meet, Poona, November,1996.

29. The Concept of Consciousness in Bhagavad Gita
Presented (as Resource Person) at the conference on Two faces of 
Consciousness , Institute for Yoga and Consciousness & Department of 
psychology and parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakh, October 1996.

28. An existential approach to two levels of consciousness with special reference to the Bhagavad Gita pragmatics
Presented at the conference on Two faces of Consciousness ,Institute for Yoga 
and Consciousness & Department of psychology and parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakh, October 1996.

27. The ontological pragmaticity of Karma in Bhagavad Gita
Presented at 10th World Sanskrit Conference and appeared in Abstract of 
Papers, at Bangalore in January1997.

26. Is philosophy of religion scientific?
Lecture at Seminar on Science and Religion, for the project on History and 
philosophy of Science, Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore, December, 1996.

25.Vedic and Darsana tradition of knowledge communication and methodology
Lecture to the participants of University Grants Commission Teachers' Course, 
Bangalore,October 1996.

24. Work dynamics and Meditation in Bhagavad Gita
Lecture at Veda Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore, August 1996.

23. The concept of consciousness in Bhagavad Gita
16 February, Wednesday Lecture, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 
1996.

22. Intentionality and Integrality in Bhagavad Gita: 
A phenomenologico-existential study
 
Presented at seventh International Vedanta Congress at Madras in 
January1996 and appeared in Abstract of Papers.

21. Philosophical Foundations of Indian Culture
Presented at Indian Council of Philosophical Research Young Scholars' Meet at 
Thiruvananthapuram in 1995.

20. The Gita way of Creative Living
Abstract of Papers, Indian Philosophical Congress at Thiruvananthapuram in 1993.

19. Person-making Education
Presented at Shri Ramakrishna Ashram at Thiruvananthapuram in January1992

18. Philosophy and Social Studies 
Presented at Indian Council of Philosophical Research Young Scholars' Meet at 
Lucknow in 1991.

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