This section features handouts from Professor Sanderson's lectures, which constitute very useful summaries of data, outlines of arguments, and citations from key primary sources.
Handouts from Lectures
The Śakta Transformation of Śaivism
Keynote Lecture at the 17th Annual World Sanskrit Conference, July 2018, Vancouver, Canada.
The Tantric Rebirth of Indian Buddhism under Śākta-Śaiva Influence during the 7th to 11th centuries.
Lecture delivered in the panel Cross-cultural and Cross-religious Encounters in Historical Context in the Tsukuba Global Science Week, 2015.
September 29, 2015
Religious Change in Kashmir
Keynote Lecture for the International Workshop on Pre-Modern Kashmir, Kyoto University, Center for Eurasian Cultural Studies.
September 23, 2015
The Jaina Appropriation and Adaptation of Śaiva Ritual: The Case of Pādliptasūri’s Nirvāṇakalikā.
15th Annual Jaina Lecture
SOAS, University of London
March 19, 2015
This lecture presents further evidence that the Jaina Pratiṣṭhāpaddhati Nirvāṇakalikā was redacted from the unpublished Saiddhāntika Śaiva Siddhāntasārapaddhati of Mahārājādhirāja Bhojadeva through a process of superficial substitution, e.g. jinājñayā for śivājñayā, the substitution of its own pantheon of worship and Mantras, deletion (by, for example, dropping the doctrinally intractable parts of its initiation ritual, e.g. adhvaśuddhiḥ, and the sections that cover sādhakābhiṣekaḥ and pavitrārohaṇam), and addition, an appendix setting out the iconography of its pantheon. This handout extends the evidence given in that of my 2011 lecture in Hamburg by presenting in parallel columns sections of he texts’ coverage of the rituals of image installation (bhūparīkṣā, pādapratiṣṭhā, and dvārapratiṣṭhā) and temple-animation (hṛtpratiṣṭhā).
How Public was Śaivism?
Keynote Lecture of an International Symposium
Tantric Communities in Context: Sacred Secrets and Public Rituals
February 5, 2015
Progress since ‘Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions’ (Sanderson 1988).
Keynote Address at the end of the Symposium Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions
University of Toronto
March 26–28, 2015.
This lecture reviews the principal respects in which Professor Sandersonmodified, revised, and extended in the light of further research the picture of Śaivism presented in his landmark study of 1988.
Pleasure and the Emotions in Tantric Śaiva Soteriology
University of Hamburg. 21-page handout.
June 18, 2013
Abhinavagupta on the Subjective Nature of Brahmanical Values: Śākta Fundamentalism Against the Absorption of Śaivism into ‘Hinduism’.
University of Tokyo. 11-page handout.
January 15, 2013
Keynote address at the International Symposium Consecration, Initiation, and Consecration Rituals in Ancient and Medieval India, Kyoto University. Handout 16 pp.
December 23, 2012.
'Rolling up One's Sleeves in the Archives: How a Non-Hierarchical Aproach to the Contents of Sanskrit Manuscript Collections Transforms Our Understanding of Indian Religion',
Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg
June 28, 2012
Śaivism and Brahmanism lecture series
All Souls College, Oxford. 125 pages of handouts.
February to March 2012.
The Rise of the Goddess in Early Medieval India
Keynote address, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Conference on Śākta traditions
September 10, 2011.
Handout of ‘The Appropriation of Śaiva Sources and Models in the Production of Jain Ritual Paddhatis from the 10th to the 15th Century’
Lecture, Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg.
July 4, 2011
The History of Hinduism in Kashmir:
Lecture at the University of Hamburg. 13-page handout.
The Influence of Śaivism on Pāla Buddhism:
Lecture at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Nine-page handout.
Tantric Śaivism and Caste
Lecture at the University of Vienna. 12-page handout.
How Buddhist is the Herukābhidhānatantra?:
Lecture at the University of Vienna. Ten-page handout.
The Niśvāsatattvasamhitā and its Place in the History of Śaiva Literature:
Lecture at the Second International Workshop on Early Tantra. Eight-page handout.
Initiating the Monarch:
Lecture at Jinbunken, Kyoto. Seven-page handout.
The Proceedings of the International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies, Kōyasan.
Did post-Atimargic Śaivism transform the Śaiva temple cult?:
Negative evidence from 7th-century Cambodia and the earliest Pratisthatantras.
Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Six-page handout.
Initiating the Monarch:
The Adaptation of a Śaiva Practice for the propagation of Esoteric Buddhism in India, Inner Asia, and the Far East.
Lecture at the University of Tokyo. Five-page handout.
The Yoga of Dying lecture series.
All Souls College, Oxford. 50 pages of handouts.
October 12 – November 9, 2004.
Was the ritual system of the Pāncarātrikas reconfigured along Śaiva lines?
Evidence of the influence of middle-period Saiddhāntika Saivism on the earliest surviving Pāncarātrika Samhitās.
Lecture at the Vienna Symposium. 13-page handout.
The Earliest Surviving Śaiva Guides to Ritual:
The unpublished paddhatis of Brahmaśambhu and Bhojadeva and the propagation of a standardized Saiddhāntika System.
Lecture at the Round Table on South Asian Rituals, Heidelberg.