Upanishads Class with Guest Instructor Jarrod Whitaker, PhD

Friday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m.

The ancient Indian texts called the Upanishads are traditionally considered to contain mystical and universal truths. The primary Upanishads contain complex philosophical, religious, and ritual speculations and truth claims. However, such insights cannot be understood without an appreciation of the changing social, political, and religious environments in ancient India over a 500 year period. Dr. Whitaker will thus examine the earliest Upanishads by placing them within the context of the ancient India ritual system. In order to understand the changing views in the middle and late Upanishads, he will then discuss the rise of ascetic renouncer movements.

Join Dr. Jarrod Whitaker for a lively discussion about these amazing books and how they influenced Indian philosophy and culture and their significance in today’s modern world.

This is a lecture/presentation/open discussion class. No physical practice will be done. Reading the text is not required prior to the class. If you choose to do so, Jarrod recommends the translation, Upanishads by Patrick Olivelle.

Jarrod L. Whitaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University where he teaches courses relating to Asian religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, and also theory and method courses on religion, ritual, and gender. He holds an M.A. with First Class Honors in Religious Studies for the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1998) and a Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin (2005).


Jarrod Whitaker to teach at Sunrise Yoga, Clemmons, a history of the Sanskrit language, and an introduction to the Yoga Sutras, its socio-historical context and influences.

Registration fee= $20  ($25 after Jan. 16th)

Sign up under the “Workshops and Services” section of the website!  Hope to see you on Jan. 23rd for this fascinating discussion.