New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta
This volume is a collection of essays by leading scholars who treat various aspects of the Hindu thinker ÅšamÌ£kara (ca. 700 CE) and his system of Advaita VedÄnta.
Topics include the contemporary relevance of ÅšamÌ£kara for inter-religious dialogue and human rights as well as revised assessments of ÅšamÌ£kara’s understanding of divine grace, the role of the gods, Buddhism, ÅšamÌ£kara’s relation to later Advaita, and the unity of the Self. The introductory essay of this commemoration volume assesses the place and value of Richard De Smet’s work in the context of twentieth century ÅšamÌ£kara scholarship.
The contributors break new scholarly ground and offer fresh perspectives on ÅšamÌ£kara and Advaita VedÄnta and help reassess traditional understandings of this great master of non-duality.