C. D. Sebastian

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  • Postdoctoral Research: University of Bristol, UK
  • Ph D (2003): Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

  • M A (with Two Gold Medals): Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

  • B Th (Summa cum Laude): Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy

  • B A: Vikram University, Ujjain, India

  • Professor: May 2016 - ---------    (IIT Bombay)
  • Associate Professor: 2009-2016 (IIT Bombay)
  • Assistant Professor:  2004-2008 (IIT Bombay)
Research Interests: 

Research Interests: Indian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Emotion/Empathy and Moral Cognition

Research Areas: Buddhist Philosophy, Sankhya Philosophy, Vedanta Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion 

Courses Taught: 
  • HS 200: Environmental Studies (Philosophy Module)

  • HS 202: Introduction to Philosophy 

  • HS 211: Reasoning in Indian Philosophy

  • HS 301: Philosophy

  • HS 404: Rationality in Indian Thought

  • HS 467: Indian Philosophy

  • HS 468: Philosophy of Religion

  • HS 501: Vedanta Philosophy in the Vedic Tradition 

  • HS 502: Madhyamika Philosophy in the Buddhist Tradition

  • HS 622: Philosophy of Development 

  • HS 706: Classical Indian Thought in Modern Times 

  • HS 708: Indian Ethics and Contemporary Society

  • HS 805: Theory of Knowledge 

  • HS 841: Buddhist Mahayana Philosophy

  • HS 843: Vedanta Philosophy

  • HS 844: Ethics - Theory and Practice

  • HS 848: Sankhya Metaphysics in Classical Indian Philosophy


BOOKS (Monographs)  

  1. C. D. Sebastian (2020), A Revisit into the Culture of the Early Syrian Christians of Kerala: Indian in Culture, not Hindu in Culture, Oriental Institute of Religious Studies, India (OIRSI) Series No. 454 (Kottayam: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies, India).

  2. C. D. Sebastian (2016),The Cloud of Nothingness: The Negative Way in Nagarjuna and John of the CrossSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures - Vol. 19 (London, New Delhi and New York: Springer): http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-81-322-3646-7

  3. C. D. Sebastian (2008), Recent Researches in Buddhist Studies, Bibliotheca Indo Buddhica Series No. 248 (Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications - a Division of Indian Books Centre).

  4. C. D. Sebastian (2005), Metaphysics and Mysticism in Mahayana Buddhism, Bibliotheca Indo Buddhica Series No. 238 (Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications - a Division of Indian Books Centre).

  5. C. D. Sebastian, Buddhism: Essays on Ethics and Religion (New Delhi: Buddhist World Press -forthcoming)

PAPERS (Journal articles/Chapters in Books)   

  1. C. D. Sebastian (2021), "Obituary: A. K. Chatterjee", iJournal of Indian Council of Philosophical Researchhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-021-00240-y 

  2. C. D. Sebastian (2021), "Compassion as a Moral Ideal in Buddhism: Insights from the Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva" in   in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 15 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 56-77.

  3. C. D. Sebastian (2020), "The Splendour of Negation: R. S. Bhatnagar Revisited with a Buddhist Tinge,"  iJournal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 37 (3),  pp. 343-360:  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-020-00214-6

  4. C.D.Sebastian (2020) "The Semiotics of Pilgrimages in Buddhism: Regeneration of Social and Religious Identity", in Indian Philosophical Quarterly 46 (1-2), pp. 79-104. 

  5. C.D.Sebastian (2020) "Morality: Some Theoretical Considerations in the Light of Gandhi's Hind Swaraj" in Chacko Nadakkeveliyil (ed), Mahatma Gandhi Today: Rediscovering the Gandhian Vision in Contemporary India (Trichur: Marymatha Publications), pp. 128-146. 

  6. C. D. Sebastian (2020), "Free Will and Divine Plan: A Philosophical Response during the Time of Pandemic," in Lonappan Arangassery (ed), Covid - 19: A Theological Response towards a New World Order (Ujjain: Ruhalaya Publications), pp. 55-70. 

  7. C. D. Sebastian (2020), "R. S. Bhatnagars' Many Spendoured Negation: A Revisitation", in R. S. Shekhawat (ed), Siddhant ki Talash: R. S. Bhatnagar's Philosophy (Jaipur: Philosophical Praxis, Councilling and Spiritual Healing society), pp. 31-46. 

  8. C. D. Sebastian (2019), "The Envisaged Critics of Nagarjuna in his Vigrahavyavartani: Who are they?" in Lalji Shravak and supriya Rai (ed), Investigating Principles: International Aspects of Buddhist Culture; Essays in Honour of Professor Charles Willemen (Hong Kong: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, 2019), pp. 315-332. 

  9. C. D. Sebastian (2018), "Is the Ethics of Taittiriya Upanisad Deontological?" iJournal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 35 (3), pp. 483-495. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-018-0152-z

  10. C. D. Sebastian (2018) "Transformative Phenomenology and Bodhisattva Ideal: Insights from the Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva," Philosophical Traditions of the World 1 (2), ISSN: 2581-9577 (University of Mumbai Press): pp. 28-50. 

  11. C. D. Sebastian (2018), "Metaphysics of Ant-Metaphysics in Buddhism," in Kripa Shankar, Anand Mishra and Sachchidanand Mishra (ed), Philosophical Reflections (Varanasi: Banaras Hindu university), pp. 43 - 53. 

  12. C. D. Sebastian (2018), "Environmental Discourse and its Politics: A Counter Perspective," Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, 31 (1), pp. 64-78. 

  13. C, D. Sebastian (2018), "Carvaka Darsana as a Proper Philosophical System in Indian Thought: Takeaways from Pradeep Gokhale's Lokayata/Carvaka," in Kripa Shankar, Anand Mishra and Sachchidanand Mishra (ed), Philosophical Reflections (Varanasi: Banaras Hindu university), pp. 28-42. 

  14. C. D. Sebastian (2018), "Aporia of Tension and Value in Multiculturalism" in Being Human in Multicultural Tradistions, K. Remi Rajani and Vensus A. George (ed) (Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy), pp. 52-74.

  15. C. D. Sebastian (2018), "Temptation of the Buddha in the Padhana Sutta: Allegory and Symbolism," in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 12 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 147-163.

  16. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "The Heterodox Insider K. Satchidananda Murty: A Critique of His The Indian Spirit" in Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 34 (1), pp. 33-49. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-016-0074-6 

  17. C. D. Sebastian (2017), “Rule of the People, Welfare State and Wellbeing: An Insight from the MahaparinibbanasuttaIndian Philosophical Quarterly 44(1), pp. 125-142.

  18. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Alayavijnana" in K. T. S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long (ed), Buddhism and Jainism (Encyclopedia of Indian Religions) (Dordrecht: Springer Nature): pp. 57-64.https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-94-024-0852-2_149 

  19. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Asanga” in K. T. S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long (ed), Buddhism and Jainism (Encyclopedia of Indian Religions) (Dordrecht: Springer Nature): pp. 156-159.https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-94-024-0852-2_162 

  20. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Bodhisattva" in K. T. S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long (ed), Buddhism and Jainism (Encyclopedia of Indian Religions) (Dordrecht: Springer Nature):pp. 260-267.https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-94-024-0852-2_179  

  21. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Vijnanavada" in K. T. S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long (ed), Buddhism and Jainism (Encyclopedia of Indian Religions) (Dordrecht: Springer Nature):pp. 1133-1137.https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-94-024-0852-2_406

  22. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Yogacara" in K. T. S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long (ed), Buddhism and Jainism (Encyclopedia of Indian Religions) (Dordrecht: Springer Nature):pp. 1396-1403.https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-94-024-0852-2...

  23. C. D. Sebastian (2017), " The Text and Context of Surah Maryam of Qur'an: Mariology in Islam",  in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 11 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 30-43.

  24. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Compassion: A Refelection on the Meaning and Motive of Life" in Paul Vadakumpadan and Jose Varickasseril (ed), In the Service: Essays in Honour of Sylvanus Sngi Lyngdoh (Shillong: Vendrame Institute), pp. 276-292. 

  25. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "ONAM: An Overwhelmingly Hindu Religious Festival," in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 11 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 102-123.

  26. C. D. Sebastian (2017), "Buddhism as an Indigenous Indian Tradition: A. K. Narain's Contention against the Misnomer 'Heterodoxy'" in Kamal Sheel, Charles Willemen and Kenneth Zysk (ed), From Local to Global: Papers in Asian History and Culture -Prof. A.K. Narain Commemoration Volume, Vol. 3 (Delhi: Buddhist World Press); pp 728-748.   

  27. C. D. Sebastian (2016), "Factors of a Welfare State: The Buddha's Political Theory" in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 10 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 157-173. 

  28. C. D. Sebastian (2016), "The Semiotics of Caityas, Stupas and Pilgrimages: A Buddhist Philosophical Appraisal" in Lawrence S. Fernandes (ed), Shrines and Pligrimages: Philosophy and Practice (Chennai: Vijay Nicole Imprints), 81-101.  

  29. C. D. Sebastian (2016), "Virtue Ethics in Indian Philosophy: The Buddhist Moral Theory," in Journal of Sacred Scriptures 10 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 44-62.  

  30. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Daya Krishna on Apoha" in Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 32 (3): pp. 373-389 :  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40961-015-0034-6 

  31. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Between Buddhist Ethics and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy of Feeling, Social Emotions and Responsibility," The Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 40 (1), ISSN 0376-415X, pp. 19-35.

  32. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Speculative Metaphysics in A. K. Chatterjee"  Anviksiki (Research Journal of Department of Philosophy and Religion, Banaras Hindu University), XI, ISSN: 2231-3680, pp. 99-122. 

  33. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "The Philosophy of Life and Death in Buddhism: Insights from Sutta Nipata,"Journal of Sacred Scriptures 9(1) ISSN 0974-0090, pp.31-43.

  34. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Buddhist Creed and Culture in North-East India," Anthropology Today: An International Peer Reviewed NEIRA Journal, 1 (1), ISSN 2454-2709, pp. 91-110.

  35. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "The Apastamba Dharma Sutra: The Laws of the Vedic People," Journal of Scared Scriptures, 9 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 131-151.

  36. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Sexuality and Celibacy in World Religions" in Tomy Tharayil (ed), Sexuality, Celibacy and Intimacy (Mumbai: St Pauls Press), pp. 195 - 213.

  37. C. D. Sebastian (2015), "Transcendent Metaphysics: A Madhyamika Critique of Pradhan," in Ranjan K. Panda (ed), Language, Mind and Reality: A Reflection on Philosophical Thoughts of R. C. Pradhan, (New Delhi: Overseas Press India Private Limited), pp. 61-78.  

  38. C. D. Sebastian (2014), “Tathagata-garbha: Buddhist Ontology of Oneness” in A. K. V. Findeis et al(ed), He is not Far from Any of Us: Festchrift for Hans-Juergen Findeis (Bonn: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt), pp. 779-795.  

  39. C. D. Sebastian (2014), "Towards a Buddhist-Levinasian Ethic: Social Emotions and Responsibility," The Philosophical Quarterly, XIII (1-4), ISSN 2349-770X, pp. 1-16.  

  40. C. D. Sebastian (2014), “The Buddhist Eschatology: Bardo Thodol or The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 8 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 114-131  

  41. C. D. Sebastian (2014), "Buddhist Preceptor Tradition and Social Transformation: The Hermeneutics of a Historical Legacy” Santhigir Synthesis: Research Papers Series No. 2, (Thiruvananthapuram: Santhigiri Institute for Culture and Human Development), ISSN: 2348 1781.

  42. C.D. Sebastian (2014), "Two Women Testing the Wisdom of Two Wise Men: Queen of Sheba in the Bible and Gargi in the Upanishad, Journal of Sacred Scriptures,,8 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 20-33.

  43. C. D. Sebastian (2013), "An Analysis of the Purushasukta of the Rigveda," Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 7 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 31-41.  

  44. C. D. Sebastian (2013),"Sufism and neo-Platonism: Influence and Originality," Journal of Sacred Scriptures,7 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 78-89.  

  45. C. D. Sebastian (2013), "The Trajectory of Rational Faith in Non-Vedic Traditions," Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 7 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 178 - 203.   

  46. C.D. Sebastian and Abhimanyu Singh (2013), "The Initiation of the Chinese to Madhyamika Buddhism: A Revisitation and Some Objections," Asiatica,, VII (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), ISSN 1819-446X, pp. 90-102. 

  47. C. D. Sebastian (2013), "Mahayana Buddhism and the Doctrine of Tathagatagarbha" in G. C. Pande (ed), Buddhism7 [D. P. Chattopadhyaya (General Editor) History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture,Vol. VII, Part 9] (New Delhi: PHISPC, Centre for Studies in Civilizations), pp. 453-476.  

  48. C. D. Sebastian (2012), "The Ethical Ideas of the Taittirya Upanishad," Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 6 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 151-163.  

  49. C. D. Sebastian (2012), "Theory of Consciousness in Yogacara-Vijnanavada Buddhism", Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, 11 (1), ISSN 0976-601, pp. 50-72.  

  50. C. D. Sebastian (2012),"Forming the Minds of Students and Shaping the Future: The Role of Formation Centres," in Paul Vadakumpadan and Jose Varickasseril (ed), Grace and Competence in Pastoral Ministry (Shillong: Vendrame Institute Publications), ISBN: 81-85408-00-51, pp. 95 - 102.  

  51. C. D. Sebastian (2012) , "Buddhism, Philosophy and Science: Insights from Quantum Physics and Madhyamika Buddhism" in Hari Shankar Shukla and Lalji Shravak (Ed), Buddhism, Buddhists and Buddhist Studies, Delhi: Buddhist World Press, pp. 165-190. 

  52. C. D. Sebastian (2012),"Madhyamika Ethics in Context: An Exposition of Nagarjuna's Suhrlleka," in Lalji Shravak and Charles Willemen (Ed), Dharmapravicaya: Aspects of Buddhist Studies, Essays in Honour of N. H. Samtani  Delhi: Buddhist World Press, ISBN 13: 9789380852218, pp. 339-355.  

  53. C. D. Sebastian (2012), "Re-encountering the Story and Reviewing the Identity: The Import of The Acts of Thomas Chapters 1-10,", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, ,6 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 55-85.  

  54. C. D. Sebastian (2012), "Vijnaptimatrata:The One and Only Reality of Consciousness in Yogacara Buddhism" Journal of Asiatic Society of Mumbai,Vol. 85, ISSN 0972-0766, pp.147-158 .  

  55. C. D. Sebastian (2011), "Significance of Yajna in the Creation Narratives of the Vedas", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 5 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 44-54 .  

  56. C. D. Sebastian (2011), “Mahayana Sraddhotpada Sastram: Its Basic Theme and Assumptions,” Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 5 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 80-91.  

  57. C. D. Sebastian (2011), “The Zoroastrian Ideas in Judeo-Christian Religious Thought,” Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 5 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 126-144.  

  58. C. D. Sebastian (2011), “Importance of Justice According to the Qur’an,” Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 5 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 214-225.  

  59. C. D. Sebastian (2011), “The Fall of the Self and Rise of Non-Self in Indian Thought: An Exploration on the Buddhist Conception of Anatman," in Olena Lucyszyna and Maciej S. Zieba (Ed), Purusha, Atman, Dao, Xin: Around the Question of 'Subject' in the Philosophical Traditions of the East(ISSN: 978-83-7405-534-5) (Lodz, Poland: The Academy of Humanities and Economics), pp. 55-75.  

  60. C. D. Sebastian (2011) , "Vijnaptimatrata: Metaphysics of Yogacara Buddhism?" in The Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 34 (1), ISSN 0376-415X, pp. 141-154.  

  61. C. D. Sebastian (2011), "The Conception of Tathagatagarbha in the Mahayana Sraddhotpada Sastram," Asiatica , V (Saint-Petersburg, Russia),Journal , ISSN 1819-446X, pp. 165-178. 

  62. C. D. Sebastian (2010), “Significance of Celibacy in Buddhist Monasticism,”Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 4 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, PP. 164-174 .  

  63. C. D. Sebastian (2010), “Rejection of Egotism in Buddhism: The Five Dosas and their Remedies according to the Ratna-gotra-vibhago-mahayanottara-tantrasastram", Studia Asiatica: International Journal for Asian Studies, XI (1-2), ISSN 1582-9111, pp. 173-182.  

  64. C. D. Sebastian (2010), “Sufism: Influences, Development and Doctrine", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 4 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 78-92.  

  65. C. D. Sebastian (2010), "Atheism (Indian)," in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Johnson J. Puthenpurackal (Ed), Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, pp. 113-117. 8 

  66. C. D. Sebastian (2010), "Ethics in Early Buddhism by David J. Kalupahana: A Review", Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 10, ISSN: 0972-4893, pp. 253-261.  

  67. C. D. Sebastian (2010), "The Four Guna-paramitas according to Ratnagotravibhago-Mahayanottara-tantra-sastram: An Exegetical Analysis,”Journal of Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Vol. 84. ISSN  0972-0766, pp. 70-78  

  68. C. D. Sebastian (2010), "DHARMAKAYA: The Expression of the Numinous in Mahayana Buddhism", Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, V (1), (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia), ISSN 1833-878X, PP. 80-88.  

  69. C. D. Sebastian (2010), “Groundwork of Buddhist Morality and an Ethic in Praxis", Gauri Chattopadhyaya (Ed), in Religion and Morality, Varanasi, Shri Karshni Vidya Bhavan, pp. 201-217.  

  70. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Ahimsa and Compassion in Buddhism and Jainism", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 3 (1), ISSN: 0974-0090, pp. 25-42.  

  71. C. D. Sebastian (2009), “Creation Narrative and Modern Cosmology: Are they at Loggerheads? Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, 8 (2), pp. 129-156.  

  72. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Hermeneutics of Religious Philosophies: A Guide to Human Life", Darsanika Vimarsa: Research Journal of Applied Indian Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy(Varanasi), ISSN 0974-6730, II, pp. 39-48.  

  73. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "The Origin of the Universe: The Vedic Account" Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 3 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 140-153.  

  74. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Interaction between Christian Ethics and Classical Indian Ethics", in Rajendra Prasad (Ed), A Historical- Developmental Study of Classical Indian Philosophy of Morals, New Delhi, Centre for Studies in Civilizations (Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture , D. P. Chattopadhyaya, General Editor, Volume XII, Part 2), Pp. 477 -496  

  75. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Divine Face of Buddha: Passage from the Human to the Holy", in Sergey Pakhomov (Ed), Philosophy, Religion, and Culture of Asian Countries, Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia), ISBN 978-5-288-04831-9, pp. 330-337  

  76. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Saint Thomas Christians of India: A Paradigm of Cultural Identity in the Eastern Christianity", in Sergey Pakhomov (Ed), Philosophy, Religion, and Culture of Asian Countries, Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State University, ISBN 978-5-288-04831-9, pp. 130-137.  

  77. C. D. Sebastian (2009), "Interface of Religion and Science: The Future of Humanity" in Subhash Anand, Gauri Chattopadhyaya and Mohammad Ishaq (Ed), The Relevance of Religion in the Contemporary Age, Varanasi, Shri Karshni Vidya Bhavan, pp. 201-209  

  78. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Metaphysics and Ethics in Mahayana Buddhism: Cogitations on the Conception of Tathagatagarbha" in Recent Researches in Buddhist Studies, Delhi, Sri Satguru Publications, Pp. 244-276 

  79. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Ordination Procedure in Buddhist Monasticism: Upasampada-vidhi", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 2 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, Pp. 35- 48 

  80. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Consciousness Value and Culture", Dialogue Quarterly,9 (3), (ISSN:0973-0095), Pp. 160 - 163. 

  81. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Creed and Culture in Dialogue", Dialogue Quarterly,9 (3), (ISSN:0973-0095), Pp. 92 - 109. 

  82. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Madhyamika Buddhism and Quantum Physics: An Exploration of the Similitude between sunyata and Complementarity", Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, VII (2), pp. 71-103 

  83. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Language and Mind: A Madhyamika Perspective", K. S. Prasad (Ed), Language and Mind: The Classical Indian Perspective, Hyderabad Studies in Philosophy no. 5, New Delhi, Decent Books, Pp. 33 - 50.  

  84. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "The Bodhisattva Ideal as Philosophy of Life", in Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 9, ISS N 0972-4893, pp. 185-198 

  85. C. D. Sebastian (2008), “Anatman Revisited”, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, XXV (3), ISSN 0970-7794, pp. 107-126 

  86. C. D. Sebastian (2008) , "Dharma and Abhidharma by Kalpakam Sankaranarayanan et al: Review", Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Vol. 82, ISSN 0971-0766, pp. 148-159  

  87. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "The Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva: Entering the Path of Enlightenment translation with a Guide by Marion L. Matics", in Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, 9 ISSN 0972-4893, pp. 349-353. 

  88. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Sannyasa according to the Upanisads" Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 2 (2), ISSN 0974-0090, pp. 139-151 

  89. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Agape and Maitri: Convergence of Christian and Buddhist Ethics”, Colloquium, 2, ISSN 2012-0222 (Research Journal of Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines), pp. 18-38  

  90. C. D. Sebastian (2008), "Mara: The Depiction of the Monstrous in Buddhist Literature" in Sorcha Ni Fhlainn (Ed), Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections: Essays on the Monster in Culture, Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press, ISBN 978-1-904710-42-4, pp. 381-390. 

  91. C. D. Sebastian (2007), "Life after Death and the Land of Bliss in Pure Land Buddhism" Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, VII (1), Pp. 42 – 52. 

  92. C. D. Sebastian (2007), "Theory of Psyche in Buddhism: An Appraisal of Buddhist and Scientific Psychology", in Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, 6 (1), Pp. 22 - 39. 

  93. C. D. Sebastian (2007), "Buddhism: A Godless Religion?," Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 1 (1), ISSN 0974-0090, Pp. 7 – 32 

  94. C. D. Sebastian (2006), "The Four Brahmaviharas of Buddhism: The Cardinal Virtues", Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, VI (1), Pp. 25- 35. 

  95. C. D. Sebastian (2006), "Yoga in Mahayana Buddhism: An Analysis of Six Paramitas and Ten Bhumis in the Bodhisattva Career?" in The Philosophical Quarterly, XI-XII (1-4), pp. 19-30 

  96. C. D. Sebastian (2006) , "Trikaya, Trimurti and Trinity: Three Facets of the Holy in Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity" Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, VI (2), Pp. 118-136. 

  97. C. D. Sebastian (2006), "Buddha's Approach to the Culture of Peace", in Siby K. Joseph (Ed), Explorations in Culture of Peace, Wardha, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Pp.153-171. 

  98. C. D. Sebastian (2006), "Metaphysics, Meta-language and A.K. Chatterjee: A Madhyamika Critique", Indian Philosophical Quarterly, XXXIII (1), Pp. 1-13. 

  99. C. D. Sebastian (2005), "Buddhist Philosophy: Its Three Distinct Phases and the Basic Thematic Unity", The Indian InternationalJournal of Buddhist Studies, XII (6), Pp. 23-40 

  100. C. D. Sebastian (2005), "The Land of Bliss: The Paradise of the Buddha of Measureless Light by Luis O. Gomes- A Critical Review", The Indian InternationalJournal of Buddhist Studies, XII (6), Pp. 223- 234 

  101. C. D. Sebastian (2005), "The Code of Pancasila in Buddhism", Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, V (2), Pp. 227-239 

  102. C. D. Sebastian (2005), "The Fundamentals of Islam" Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, V (1), Pp. 7- 30. 

  103. C. D. Sebastian (2004), "The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism", Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, IV (2), Pp. 134-146 

  104. C. D. Sebastian (2004), "Mahabharat ka Kalnirnay by Mohan Gupta: A Review", Jnanatirtha: International Journal Sacred Scriptures, IV (2), Pp. 216- 217 

  105. C. D. Sebastian (2004), "A.K. Narain’s Studies in History of Buddhism: A Critical Review", The Indian InternationalJournal of Buddhist Studies, XI (5), Pp. 223-234  

  106. C. D. Sebastian (2004), "Confession in Christianity and Buddhism", Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, IV (1), Pp. 40-51. 

  107. C. D. Sebastian (2004), "Dialectic Philosophy East and West: The Pre-eminence of the Madhyamika Sunyata" in The Philosophical Quarterly, X (1-4), Pp. 75-88

  108. C. D. Sebastian (2003), "David Burton's Emptiness Appraised: A Critical Review", The Indian InternationalJournal of Buddhist Studies, X (4), Pp. 225-229.

  109. C. D. Sebastian (2003), "The Essential Teaching of the Bhagavad G?t?", Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, III (2), Pp. 193-203

  110. C. D. Sebastian (2003), "The Resonance of Emptiness: A Buddhist Inspiration for Contemporary Psychotherapy- A Critical Review", The Indian InternationalJournal of Buddhist Studies, X (4), Pp. 230-235.

  111. C. D. Sebastian (2003), "Buddhist Sacred Literature in Sanskrit", Jnantirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, III (1), Pp. 96-111.  

  112. C. D. Sebastian (2003), "Heritage of Religious Pluralism: A Critique", The Arts Faculty Research Journal, July, Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University, pp.34-45.

  113. C. D. Sebastian (2002), “The Sutta-Pitaka : Its Significance and Essence” Jnanatirtha: International  Journal  of  Sacred Scriptures, II (1), Pp.67-80. 

  114. C. D. Sebastian (2002), “A.K. Chatterjee on Metaphysics of the Yogacara”, The Philosophical Quarterly, VIII (3-4), Pp. 173 -184.

  115. C. D. Sebastian (2002), “Development of the Ladakhi Language,” Prem Singh Jina (ed), Ladakh: Past and Present, Delhi, Gyan Publishing House, pp. 75-80 

  116. C. D. Sebastian (2002), "The SA-sKYA-PA Order in Ladakh", Prem Singh Jina (Ed), Development of Ladakh Himalayas:  Recent Researches, Delhi, Kalpaz Publications, Pp. 110-125

  117. C. D. Sebastian (2001), “Buddhist Sacred Scriptures”, Jnanatirtha: International Journal of Sacred Scriptures, I (1) Pp. 79-92.

Forthcoming Articles 

117. C. D. Sebastian, "Madhyamika Scholarship after The Central Philosophy of Buddhism by T. R. V. Murti: A Survey and Appraisal" in the revised edition of T. R. V. Murti, The Central Philosophy of Buddhism (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers). 

118. C. D. Sebastian, "A 'Non-Idealist' World: Rasvihari Das on Ajnana" in Soumitra Basu and Maitreyee Datta (ed), Approches to Real in Contemporary India (Jadavpur: Jadavpur University). 

119. C. D. Sebastian, "ONAM: A Paradigm of Aryanisation of the Indigenous People of Kerala " , Anthropology Today, 5 (1), 2019, ISSN: 2454-2709. 

120. C. D. Sebastian, Compassion as Moral Ideal in Buddhism: Insights from the Bodhicaryavatara of santideva", Journal of Sacred Scriptures, 14 (2), ISSN: 0974-0090. 


Awards and Recognitions
  1. Banaras Hindu University Gold Medal for obtaining First Rank in M.A. Examination in Indian Philosophy and Religion, 2000; and Pt. Raghunandan Lal Dar Gold Medal for standing First amongst the candidates of Philosophy and Indian Philosophy &   Religion at M.A. Examinations 2000, at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; and Smt. Raj Kumari Dar Prize for standing First at the M. A. (Final) Philosophy and Indian Philosophy & Religion Examination 2000, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 

  2. Banaras Hindu University Fellowship, 2000-2003. 

  3. Recipient of Present from the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund to the meritorious students in recognition of their academic excellence, 1999-2000.

  4. Member, Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy.

  5. Member, Society of Inter-Cultural Philosophy, Cologne, Germany. 

  6. Editor, Journal of Sacred Scriptures, ISSN: 0974 0090 (since 2008). 

  7. Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Forschungsaufenthalt (Philosophie) Fellowship 2010.

  8. Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Buddhist Studies, School of Humanities, University of Bristol, UK, 2010-2011

  9. IIT Bombay Excellence in Teaching Award 2014

  10. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Visiting Scholar 2015 (at University of Warsaw, Poland).

  11. Excellence in Teaching (IIT Bombay - Humanities and Social Sciences Department) Award 2016.  

  12. IIT Bombay's Professor S. P. Sukhatme Award for Excellence in Teaching 2018. 

Research Scholars: 


NamePh.D. Research Topic
1Dr Gyan PrakashThe Concept of Mind in Early Buddhist Philosophy and Gilbert Ryle: A Comparative Study (PhD awarded in 2012)
2Dr Sarita KarCorporate Social Responsibility: An Analysis of 'Responsibility' from Western and Indian Perspective" (PhD awarded in 2012)
3Dr Walter MenezesReality and Experience in Advaita Vedanta: An Analytical Study of the Conception of Atman in theVivekacudamaniof Sankara (PhD awarded in 2014)
4Dr Biju Antony The Sankhya Theory of Embodied Cognition: An Alternative to the Enigma of Purusa-Prakrti Interaction (PhD awarded in 2017) 

Dr Stalin J. Correya

The Empty Will: The Problem of Moral Agency in Nagarjuna and Sartre (PhD awarded in 2019)
6Jithin Mathew K. JoseRecognition and Semiotics: From Epistemic Perspectives of Buddhist Logicians and Contemporary Epistemology (joined in the academic year 2013-2014)
7Konchok NyimaReasoning in Buddhist Logic:  An Analysis of Pramanasiddhi in the Pramanavarttika of Dharmakirti (joined in the academic year 2014-2015)
8Sujata MallikSocial Ontology of Woman in Buddhist Thought (Joined in the academic year 2015-2016)
9Manjit M.Bhatti The Ticklsih Issue in Descartes's ontological Argument: In search of a Convincing paradigm in Philosophy of Religion(Joined in the academic year 2015-2016)
10Tsering Nurboo The Primacy of Perception: An Examination of Pratyaksa in Dignaga's Pramanasamuccaya
  11 Vipievono Kehie Theodicy and Free Will Defence with special Reference to Alvin Plantiga
 NameM. Phil. Research Topics
1Ado KehieIssues Concerning Identity among North East Indian Migrants to Mumbai: A Case of Naga Migrants (2007): Co-Supervisor
2Ved Prakash An Alternative Paradigm for Development: The Buddhist Perspective (2017)
3Apoorva M. Rane Perception of Reality in Sankara an Kant (2018)