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OCHS launches online Sanskrit course

In 2015 we asked our students what course they would most like us to develop? The overwhelming favourite – with about 75% of the vote – was Sanskrit.

Three years later, the OCHS is launching its newest course Introduction to Sanskrit, which is now open for enrolment for a 22 April start.

Introduction to Sanskrit  is based on part of Zoë Slatoff's book, Yogavataranam: The Translation of Yoga. This course – suitable for beginners and improvers –  focusses on pronunciation, reading and writing the alphabet, and some basic grammar. 

The course is tutored and developed by Zoë Slatoff – one of

Friends Event: Love and War in the Bhagavad Gita

Leicester Friends Event
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Prince Arjuna stands on the battlefield facing family, friends and revered elders in conflict. The conch has sounded and a war of epic proportion has begun.  Yet the Bhagavad Gita is renowned for its teachings on bhakti or devotion to God. Does the Bhagavad Gita then advocate war? How can we reconcile Krishna’s teachings on love with such a scene of violence? How can love be Krishna’s teaching when He instructs Arjuna to fight?

Friends Event: Pathways to Purush

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 May 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
 
Meditation has been practiced over millennia in one form or other in almost all religious traditions. The traditions in Hinduism also emphasise this practice in a variety of forms including those of Vedanta and Yoga. We look at the systematic development of meditation practices in the classical Yoga of Patanjali, their philosophical basis, the objective of each stage of meditation and their ultimate goal. Be prepared to meditate with some practical examples!
 

Aarhus-OCHS Workshop

A participation-by-invitation workshop was organised by Dr Marianne Fibiger, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen, OCHS, aimed at networking, funding applications and to facilitate an in-depth discussion amongst scholars. The workshop was funded by the South Asian Religion research unit (SAR) at Aarhus University, Denmark.

The workshop addressed new research and insights into the relationship, overlap, and interplay between ritual performance and the uses of texts and body within South Asian religions historicallly and presently, in South Asia and beyond.

The

Friends Event: Paths to Liberation in the Bhagavad-gita

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 March 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

In this talk we will explore the view that the Bhagavad-gita advocates a number of different paths to liberation from rebirth, including karma-yoga, raja-yoga, jnana-yoga, bhakti-yoga, and dhyana-yoga. We will then focus primarily on knowledge and devotion, looking at how the Gita explains these two paths and how it tends to draw them together. The question will be raised as to whether Krishna has a preference for one path over the others or whether he regards them simply as different roads leading to the same goal.

"Speaking of Bhakti" Day School: London 20 January

Saturday 20 January

The Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl London, SW7 2RS

Bhakti – the heart-felt expression of love for a deity – is a rich and important aspect of Hindu tradition.

In this day school we journey through bhakti, how it is expressed, and to whom (or what). We find an array of bhakti forms, yet they all contribute to the rich tapestry of temple worship, sacred literature, spiritual practice, song, poetry, art and dance.

This day school introduces you to key theological ideas underpinning the practice of bhakti and charts the journey of its expressions through the ages.

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Don’t Mind! The Concept of Mind in Hinduism

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 27 January 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Is mind matter? Is it other than matter? Never mind, doesn’t matter! In this talk we engage your mind and explore the concept of mind in Hindu systems of philosophy, in particular Yoga and Advaita Vedanta which have different conceptions of mind, how it is constituted and how it works. Find out about the sophisticated models of the mind which existed long before modern psychology came into being.

Friends Event: Don’t Mind! The Concept of Mind in Hinduism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 February 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Is mind matter? Is it other than matter? Never mind, doesn’t matter! In this talk we engage your mind and explore the concept of mind in Hindu systems of philosophy, in particular Yoga and Advaita Vedanta which have different conceptions of mind, how it is constituted and how it works. Find out about the sophisticated models of the mind which existed long before modern psychology came into being.

Friends event: Speaking of Bhakti

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 December 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
 
​We take a look at ideas of love and devotion to ​God, Gods, and Goddesses using the lens of traditional Indian poetry and scripture.

ZUG 'Faith in Finance' Conference

Our OCHS Director, Shaunaka Rishi Das, recently attended a unique three-day meeting, accompanied by Gopal Patel, the Director of The Bhumi Project and our intern for this term, Miss Vishakha Sharma, a student at Aarhus University in Denmark.  This gathering of faith leaders and fund management experts from around the world, took place from 30th October to the 1st of November at Zug, Switzerland.
 
The OCHS had a major role to play in planning the meeting.

Friends event: Reading the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 November 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Tom Wilson of the St Philip’s Centre and Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 

Devotional reading is an important part of how many Hindus and Christians live out their faith on a day-to-day basis. But what can we learn from reading each other’s sacred texts? In this interactive and engaging session, Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and Tom Wilson from the St Philip’s Centre will read texts from the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament together, and discuss what they’re learning.

Introduction to Sanskrit: London 28 October

Saturday 28 October

The Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl London, SW7 2RS

This day school is intended to give students a taste of Sanskrit – “the language of the Gods”.

We will look at Sanskrit’s role in Indian history, science, religion, and culture. We will take an introductory look at its grammar and we will explore the reasons for its enduring allure.

We then move on to the value of Sanskrit and the concepts it defines to students of Hinduism with a survey of the alphabet. We will practice some sounds and Vedic chants.

More information and enrolments are available at