Symposium on The Mutual Influences and Relationship of Visistadvaita Vedanta and Pancaratra

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Wednesday Sept 24

10:00 Welcome Address
Univ. Prof. Dr. KARIN PREISENDANZ, Head, Department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
Univ. Prof. Dr. ERNST STEINKELLNER, Director, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences

10:15 GERHARD OBERHAMMER (Innsbruck), The Influence of Orthodox Vaisnavism and Visistadvaita Vedanta on Pancaratra

11:45 HALINA MARLEWICZ (Cracow), The Unity of the karma and jnana kanda According to Early Visistadvaita Vedanta

15:00 MARCUS SCHMÜCKER (Vienna), The Theology of Visistadvaita Vedanta According to Veṅkaṭanātha’s Nyayasiddhanjana

16:30 Discussion: The theology of the Rāmānuja School: Is it an independent development of Vedanta to an autonomous theology that has incorporated elements of Pancaratra and the orthodox Vaisnava tradition, subsequently becoming a new entity that cannot be reduced to these single elements? Or is it a juxtaposition of Pancaratra, Vedanta and orthodox elements that can easily be separated from one other? What are the characteristics of the theology of the Rāmānuja School?

Thursday Sept 25

10:00 MARZENNA CZERNIAK-DROZDZOWICZ (Cracow), About the Author (Redactor?) of the Paramasamhita

11:30 PATRICIA Y. MUMME (Alexandria, Ohio), Pancaratra Texts in the Tenkalai-Vatakalai Dispute

15:00 D. DENNIS HUDSON (Northampton, Massachusetts), The Emperor’s Visnu-House: A Pancaratra Temple of Eighth Century Kanchipuram

16:30 KATHERINE YOUNG (Montreal), The Image-incarnation: Religion, Philosophy, and Sectarian Politics in the Evolution of Srivaisnavism

Friday Sept 26

10:00 ALEXIS SANDERSON (Oxford), Did the Pancaratrika ritual system reconfigure itself along Saiva lines? Evidence of influence of middle-period Saiddhantika Saivism on the Earliest Pancaratrika Samhitas

11:30 SRILATA RAMAN MÜLLER (Heidelberg), Pancasamskara as Historical Practice: The Evidence from the post-Rāmānuja Hagiographical Literature

15:00 MARION RASTELLI (Vienna), Service as an End in Itself: Visistadvaitic Modifications of Pancaratra Ritual

16:30 DISCUSSION: Unity of karma and jnana kanda: What does the doctrine of karma and jnana kanda unity mean for the tradition of the Rāmānuja School? Does the unity of karma and jnana kanda mean the unity of the Purvamimamsa and Uttaramimamsa systems, or does it mean the unity of the varnasramadharma of the Brahmanic tradition and the knowledge of the Vedanta?
What role does the orthodox Vaisnava tradition and its traditional life-style play in the emergence and development of the Srivaisnava tradition? What is its influence on the Rāmānuja School on one hand, and on the Pancaratra on the other? What is the relationship between the Pancaratra ritual and the Brahmanic varnasramadharma? Does the former take the place of the latter in the case of the Srivaisnava tradition?

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