A newly initiated international summer school project would like to invite students of Sanskrit for an introductory course on Prakrit. The two-week intensive course will focus on the basics, grammar and reading practice of the post-canonical Jain Prakrits, Jaina-Maharashtri in particular. The event is mainly designed for the students of Sanskrit who show interest in Jain and Prakrit studies, but have no possibility for getting any tuition on Prakrits at their home university. The summer school will take place in Rantasalmi, eastern Finland at the turn of July/August 2007.
The leading idea of the summer school is to get together a group of enthusiastic people for the study of Prakrit texts in a Finnish countryside milieu. In addition to the lessons, the students will have good possibilities for joint reading practices, exchange of ideas, cooking together, etc. Depending of the success of this introductory course, the Prakrit Summer School Project can be carried on in some format during the next years. Formation of a group of scholars and students interested in Jain epic and narrative literature would be an attractive alternative for the future.
The course plan & materials
The intensive course will consist of 3-5 hours of lessons per day (Mon-Sat) and of less scheduled late afternoon preparatory reading sessions in smaller groups. A more detailed day-to-day program will be sent to the participants together with the second circular.
As the reference grammar we will use the following book:
Frank van den Bossche, A Reference Manual of Middle Prakrit Grammar. The Prakrits of the Dramas and the Jain Texts. Gent 1999.
The passages selected for reading will be supplied with a glossary.