Dharma and Desire: Persephone & The Ramayana

Presented with Chinatown Soup


Is there room for morality in a love story? In this Olio we will discuss the connections between two ancient myths (one Greek and the other Indian) and learn to apply them to our modern condition. 

Dr. Adluri will present the Indian epic Ramayana as a parable for the initiation and psychoanalytic development of the “just soul”. Using the story of Persephone in the background, allows us to understand the shape of ancient thought and its contemporary relevance in a new way.



Location: Chinatown Soup

16B Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Chinatown Soup is a creative community advancing art, justice, historic preservation, and civic engagement in downtown New York.


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Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy: Ancient Wisdom for Troubling Times

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
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Mar 27

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Apr 12

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Taught by Jamie Warren
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Apr 21

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7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 28

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7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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