Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Indian Psychology courses

Dear Friends,

Today there are two announcements:

The last date to apply for this year's Indian Psychology courses has been extended to April 3d.

  • These two courses on Indian Psychology consist of an 8-day intensive in Puducherry, plus 4 weekends that can be taken either in Puducherry or in Delhi.
  • The 8-day intensive is in June; the weekends are spread over the period from July to December.
  • Full details are available at http://ipi.org.in/events/ip-courses-2011.php.

If you have not done so, you may like to have a look at our webpage on "Teaching Indian Psychology".
It has the syllabuses and recommended reading lists of several Indian Psychology courses as they are given at a number of Indian universities.

There is also some more info about IPI's own courses, and on how to do research in Indian Psychology.

The webpage can be found on the ipi website (http://ipi.org.in) in the articles -> teaching Indian Psychology menu, or directly at: http://ipi.org.in/second/teaching-ip.php.

Warm regards,

Matthijs Cornelissen

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Teaching Indian Psychology

Dear friends,

As some of you may be aware, we are conducting next week

a collaborative workshop on teaching Indian Psychology.

With the help of the participants to this course, we have created on the IPI website,

a new web-page especially devoted to Teaching Indian Psychology.

This web-page (which can be reached from the "articles" menu) has links to the syllabi and recommended reading lists of a number of Indian Psychology Courses offered at various Indian Universities.

It has a special section with literature on how to do research in Indian Psychology.

The list is still far from complete, so:

If you are aware of other places where IP-related courses are offered

(whether in India or elsewhere), please let us know.


If you have not done so recently, please also have a look at our revamped list of articles sorted on subject.

Warm regards,

Matthijs Cornelissen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Book Launch - "More Teaching Stories"

Book Launch - "More Teaching Stories"

Selected And Interpreted by Ms. Jamuna Rangachari,
Illustrated by Mr. Pankuj Parashar
Followed by a panel discussion on
"The Story Is The Shortest Distance Between You And The Truth"
Moderator: Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra
Panelists: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Swami Agnivesh, Ms. Jamuna Rangachari,
Shri DR Kaarthikeyan and Mr. Anil Bhatnagar.

Teaching stories are not simple fables which have a simple 'moral' for the reader. They are not merely fairy tales that muse. Rather, they are snippets of life designed to show effective ways of defining and responding to common life experiences, such stories can be told and retold, visited and revisited, meditated upon as they themselves may change shape, revealing themselves variously in different circumstances and at different stages of human development, and hence a child and a adult will enjoy it at their own levels and exposure.

Which is why they are being used in education, development and motivation all over the world at all levels of growth. For, what is truly fascinating is the fact that the inferences one gets, as in many real life dilemmas and situations, is not a simple right or wrong, but a many layered contextual expression of life with all its complexities in place.

The fact is, in our quest to acquire more and more knowledge, we hardly have time to digest, reflect and assimilate. It is here that teaching stories are the best tool to wisdom as they entertain and educate seamlessly. While we may not remember the spiritual tenet the story seeks to illustrate, the story and through it, the tenet remains with us.