Category: Chaplaincy

Gita Readings with Shaunaka Rishi Das

Gita Readings with Shaunaka Rishi Das

Gita Study Group

In relation to Oxford’s Hindu Chaplaincy, the OCHS has weekly Bhagavad Gita study sessions during the term for students. During these sessions, the study group discuss the Gita’s importance on the basis of a chaplaincy and/or life practice point of view.
The Bhagavad Gita appears as the sixth book of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata – just prior to the eighteen-day battle of Kurukshetra. The hopes of the Pandava faction rest largely on the martial prowess of Arjuna. But, at the start of the Gita, we find Arjuna unwilling to wage war against his own family members. At this point, Krishna begins to offer instructions to Arjuna. Initially, Krishna aims to persuade Arjuna that waging war is not necessarily wrong. However, the text goes far beyond this initial aim. It develops into a full exposition of belief and practice that has had an immeasurable influence on Hindu thought and practice.
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Gita Study Group (Hindu Chaplaincy)

Gita Study Group (Hindu Chaplaincy)

Gita Study Group (Hindu Chaplainc)


30 June 16.00 pm – 17.00 pm

7 July  16.00 pm – 17.00 pm

14 July 16.00 pm – 17.00 pm

21 July 16.00 pm – 17.00 pm

28 July 16.00 pm – 17.00 pm

Due to the unusual circumstances created by Covid 19, and to student demand, we are extending our Tuesday Gita sessions. They are discussion and informal explorations of the gita and all are invited to attend.

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HUM alumni dinner

HUM alumni dinner

HUM alumni dinner

On 24 September, Oxford’s Hindu Society, HUM, will be holding an alumni dinner in support of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

HUM has always enjoyed close ties with the OCHS and this evening will bring together old friends for a three-course meal at the Regency Hotel, London, kindly provided by OCHS Benefactor, Mr Harish I.K. Patel.

The dinner will also be the launch of the HUM Alumni Community, allowing students to keep in touch with each other, the Centre, and Oxford.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Ramesh Venkataraman, a Senior Managing Director at Samena Capital, who will talk about why he became a member of the OCHS Board of Governors. Mr Venkataraman has also been a partner at McKinsey and Company, was a National Talent Scholar at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and holds an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford and an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University.

The event is open to all HUM alumni.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link.

Event details:
6.30pm, Thursday 24 September
The Regency Hotel, 100 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5AG