Diploma in Indian Wisdom Traditions

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Date of commencement:  17th  August 2022
Days and time for
Bhagavad Gītā
 : Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.  

Date of commencement: 12th August 2022

Days and time for Bodhicaryāvatāra : Fridays and Saturdays; 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.


This programme has been specially curated for students who wish to read a text with a teacher, in sessions that draw upon commentarial materials as well as contextualise the text in Indian philosophical, social and historical context.


The selection of texts will be announced at the start of each year. In the academic year 2022-23, we offer an opportunity to read two texts:

  1. Bhagavad Gītā: a deeply loved text and perhaps the most famous of Hindu scriptures, the Gita has been the source of inspiration for several generations. Commentaries, both ancient and modern, reflect the various ways in which the text has been understood and interpreted. Participants will read the text with Dr Rudraksha Sakrikar, Associate Professor, KJSIDS
  1. Bodhicaryāvatāra of Santideva: Bodhicaryavatara, a philosophical poem composed in the 8th century, describes the Mahayana path to enlightenment. The Dalai Lama has stated often how profoundly he is influenced by this work. Today it is available in at least 27 translations in modern languages such as Hindi, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, and Newari. Participants will read the text with Mr Kalsang Tashi, Visiting Faculty of KJSIDS and Tibetan Language teacher under the Khyentse Foundation grant.







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Key Information


Minimum HSC or equivalent examinaton. Knowledge of Sanskrit, or Tibetan for the Bodhicaryāvatāra, will be helpful but not essential


Participants will read the text with the teacher, discussing it in its historical and philosophical context, while also appreciating its aesthetic and linguistic features. Commentarial materials, which are an important traditional method for understanding, analysis and interpretation, will also be referred to, ensuring students have a comprehensive learning experience.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of successful completion of the course the student will develop an understanding of –
  • Close reading of a text from the rich collection of ancient Indian literature,
  • How meaning is extracted from language, the range of interpretations 
  • The various approaches through which a text can be studied and the findings thereof.


The programme offers a unique opportunity to read a text with a qualified teacher and understand its importance in the Indian 

religious and philosophical traditions.

The curriculum requires students to read, reflect and prepare for each class and therefore seeks their active involvement in seeking to draw out the meaning, at the overt as well as subtle levels.

Critical analysis, Interpretation, Hermeneutics

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.


Semester I Semester II
Bhagavadgītā (Adhyāya 1 - 9) Bhagavadgītā (Adhyāya 10 - 18)



Semester I Semester II
Bodhicaryāvatāra (Chapters 1 to 6)  Bodhicaryāvatāra (Chapters 7 to 10)