The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies brings together three institutions that have an established presence in the field of religion, culture and philosophy: the Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham, the Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Centre for Studies in Jainism. Together, we bring an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Indian religious and philosophical traditions, through programmes that range from academically rigorous Doctoral and Master’s degrees, to certificate courses that engage with the interests of the larger community.
Area of Excellence
We equip students with methodological tools to understand how religious beliefs influence ethics, art and literature, and define identities, in the historical as well as the present context. Students investigate how social, political and economic forces have shaped religion and continue to do so.
Research Capability and Focus Area
Institute has a unique combination of courses covering specializations in Sanskrit Literature, Buddhist Literature and Jain Literature, Philosophy, Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Yoga and Allied Science, Ancient Indian languages (Prakrit, Pali, Sanskrit) and foreign languages (Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish).
Notable Research / Publication
• Universal Brotherhood through Yoga • Samskaravalli • Hindu-Christian Dictionary: Essential terms for Inter-religious Dialogue • The Essentials of Yoga: A Glossary of Yogic Terms • Meditation: Oriental and Occidental • Sharing Wisdom in Search of Inner and outer Peace • Samir-Sanskrit-Adhyayanam • Buddhanusmriti: A Glossary of Buddhist Terms • Fullness of life • Mystics in World Religion: In Dialogue with God • East and West: Exploring Cultural Manifestations • Raimon Pannikar: His Legacy and Vision • Suktimuktavali • St. Francis Xavier: His Time and Legacy • Tri-dal: A Trilateral Dialogue • Bhakti: Pathway to God • Suktimanjusha • A Dialogue: Hindu Christian Cosmology and Religion • Buddhism in India and Abroad • Traditional Cultural Link Between India and Japan • Lokaprajnapati: A Critical Exposition on Buddhist Cosmology • Buddhism in Global Perspective (2 Vols.) • Contribution of Buddhism to the World Culture (2 vols.) • Sanskrit Words from South – East Asian Language • Dharma and Abhidharma (2 vols.) • Buddhist Culture in Asia : Unity in Diversity (2 vols.) • Relevance of the Teaching of the Buddha: As in early Scriptures to the Contemporary society • Philosophy of Aesthetics • Outlining the Way to Reflect • Pratityasamutapada – Dependent Origination • Reexamination of Sanskrit and Pali Inscriptions of South – east Asia • Buddhist Meditation: Texts, Tradition and Practice • Bagh Paintings – Identification & Interpretation. • Buddhist Hells: The Northern Tradition • Spectrum of Jainism in Southern India • Various facets of Saman Suttam • Saman Suttam: A comprehensive Study (4 Vols) • Jain Drishti Me Yugin Samasyaon ke Samadhan • Yogsarsangrah • Aradhana Samuchchay • 24 Tirthankar