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Lecture List Trinity Term 2021

Lecture list Trinity Term 2021 Sunday 25th April – Saturday 19th June 2021 Due to Covid Restriction and in line with University Policy all lectures and seminars will be held online. For access, please contact the convenors or lecturer by email. For access to the Hinduism 2: Modern Hinduism and Sanskrit Prelims lectures, please contact the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The Śākta Traditions lectures will be available

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Online Tantra Course

OCHS Academic Director creates online Tantra Course OCHS Academic Director, Prof. Gavin Flood, author of The Tantric Body, a standard text on Tantra, has created a course on Tantra for the OCHS Continuing EducationDepartment. The most misrepresented of all Hindu traditions, Tantra has come to be represented as all sex and secret ritual. And while these are an important facet of the

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Friends Talk 10 April 2021

The Portraits of Perfection in the Bhagavad Gita Friends of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies presents A talk by Dr Rameshbhai Pattniof the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies What is perfection according to the Bhagavad Gita? And what is its relation to the path of spiritual development as revealed by Krsna?We explore the pictures of perfection in the paths of

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Tantric Elements Embedded in a Purāṇic Context: the Example of the Māhātmyakhaṇḍa of the Tripurārahasya

Tantric Elements Embedded in a Purāṇic Context: the Example of the Māhātmyakhaṇḍa of the Tripurārahasya (HT21) For the final lecture in our Online Śākta Traditions Lecture Series we are pleased to present Dr Silvia Schwarz Linder who is a specialist on the Tripurārahasya and a Research Fellow at the Śākta Traditions Programme.  Download the handout here. Abstract: The Tripurārahasya (TR) is a Sanskrit work

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Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020 Our annual report for the academic year 2019 – 2020 is now out. You can read it on this page or download it here. Message from the Director This year a pandemic has swept the world and has swept us off our feet. My heart goes out to the families of those we have lost.  At such

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Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul

Leicester Friends Talk 20th March 2021 Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul Dear Friends,Leicester Friends would like to invite you to our talk this Saturday. Making a Good Atman: Yoga as an Art of the Soul  A talk by Dr Jessica Frazierof the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Yoga is everything to everyone – it calms

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Article in the Hindustan Times

A vital, unique effort: Vir Sanghvi on the work of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies “At a time when Hinduism is increasingly influencing political agendas, it is sometimes hard to remember that there is another kind of Hinduism: one that lends itself to academic studies.”   Read the article in the Hindustan Times where our Director Shaunaka Rishi Das

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Vaiśeṣikasūtra – A Translation

Vaiśeṣikasūtra – A Translation Our Research Fellow Dr Ionut Moise has just published a new translation of the Vaiśeṣikasūtra together with Professor Ganesh U. Thite.  Get the book here. Book Description The book introduces readers to Indian philosophy by presenting the first integral English translation of Vaiśeṣikasūtra with the earliest extant commentary of Candrānanda on the old aphorisms of Vaiśeṣika

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Assessing medieval Śākta history in the light of Indian inscriptions

Assessing medieval Śākta history in the light of Indian inscriptions Dr Bihani Sarkar 24 February 2021, 2.00-3.00 Abstract: In studies of religious history in early India, inscriptions have sometimes been overlooked as conveying ‘mundane’ information about secular aspects of religion considered unimportant. Religious texts, philosophical and liturgical, and practices, on the other hand, have received comparatively greater interest as vehicles of

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New Light on Śāktism and Haṭhayoga

New Light on Śāktism and Haṭhayoga Dr James Mallinson10 February 2021, 2.00-3.00 Abstract: This lecture will build upon, and in many ways revise, ideas first presented in a lecture entitled Śāktism and Haṭhayoga which I gave at the OCHS Śākta Traditions conference held in Oxford in 2011. I shall present a more detailed analysis of the Śākta contributions to haṭhayoga as

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Before they were foxy ladies, they were lady foxes: Yoginīs and Ḍākinīs in Hindu and Buddhist Tantra

Before they were foxy ladies, they were lady foxes: Yoginīs and Ḍākinīs in Hindu and Buddhist Tantra Prof. David G. White 27 January 2021, 2.00-3.00 Abstract: Before there was “tantric sex” there was “tantric violence,” which saw tantric yogis venturing alone into cremation grounds and other fearsome landscapes in the dead of night to offer their bodies up to Yoginīs

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Hindu Lockdown Stories

Hindu Lockdown Stories Dear Friends, Wishing you all a happy new year, hope you are all well and safe. The Leicester Friends group would like to invite you to our next talk, and we have the pleasure of Shaunakaji, director of the OCHS talking about Lockdown and our scriptures. Hindu Lockdown Stories A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Dasof the Oxford Centre

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Lecture List Hilary Term 2021

Lecture List Hilary Term 2021 Due to Covid restrictions and in line with University Policy, all lectures and seminars will be held online. For access, please contact the convenors or lecturer by email. For access to the ‘Hinduism 2: Modern Hinduism’ and ‘Sanskrit Prelims’ lectures, please contact the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The Śākta Traditions lectures will be available on the OCHS YouTube channel. Hinduism 2: Modern

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Hinduism and the Goddess – Śāktism and Śākta traditions

Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series MT20 Watch the final lecture of the Śākta traditions Online Lecture Series by Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen. Abstract: Hinduism cannot be understood without the Goddess and the goddess-oriented Śākta traditions. Worship of the Goddess pervades Hinduism at all levels, from village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses to esoteric, tantric goddesses. Nevertheless, these highly influential forms of South Asian

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Lockdown and the darkness ahead: Coping through Meaning and Means

Lockdown and the darkness ahead: Coping through Meaning and Means A talk by Dr. Ramesh Pattni DPhil (Oxford) OBE of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies  We are going through unprecedented times not experienced in recent history where suffering and death is a persisting existential reality. Human beings have tried to make meaning of suffering and death and solutions have

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Kali, Karma and Global Transformation

Kali, Karma and Global Transformation. A talk by Dr. Raj Balkaran of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies This talk draws from the wellspring of Hindu teachings to make sense of the tumultuous times we’re living through. First, we look to classical Hindu philosophy to outline four types of karma, and consider the relationship between personal and collective karma. Secondly,

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Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series MT20

Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series MT20 On Wednesday, 16 December from 2.00-3.00 we will have our final lecture in the Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series this term. The final lecture is given by Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen and the title is “Hinduism and the Goddess – Śāktism and Śākta traditions”. Abstract: Hinduism cannot be understood without the Goddess and the goddess-oriented Śākta

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Interview between Dr Raj Balkaran and Daniel Simpson

Interview Between Dr Raj Balkaran and Daniel Simpson DECEMBER 3 2020 As part of his wide-ranging and informative podcast series, New Books in Hindu Studies, Dr Raj Balkaran interview Daniel Simpson on his new book, The Truth of Yoga. Raj and Daniel are two of our best (and best-liked) tutors so this is of special interest to the OCHS and its students.

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Oxford Handbook of Meditation

The Oxford Handbook of Meditation Our two fellows Prof. Gavin Flood and Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen have both contributed with an article in the recently published Oxford Handbook of Meditation edited by Miguel Farias, David Brazier, and Mansur Lalljee. Prof. Flood’s article is on Tantra and Dr. Wernicke-Olesen has written about Yoga. Below are the two abstracts borrowed from Oxford Handbooks

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Covid-19 update

Until we meet again Dear all,  The centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions. All lectures and seminars will be held online. For access, please contact the convenors or lecturer by email. For access to the Hinduism: Sources and Formation and Sanskrit Prelims lectures, please contact the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The Śākta Traditions lectures will be available

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Covid-Chronicles with Shaunaka Rishi Das

Covid-Chronicles with Shaunaka Rishi Das How do faith communities stay connected while in isolation? How does religious practice carry on while members are so far apart? In this recent episode of the Covid-Chronicles hosted by Dr Ed Kessler from the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, OCHS director Shaunaka Rishi Das discusses the impact of COVID-19 on religious communities: link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxDPbH4SeG4&feature=share

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Beyond Belief BBC 4 Radio with Shaunaka Rishi Das

Beyond Belief BBC Radio 4 with Shaunaka Rishi Das Listen to OCHS Director Shaunaka Rishi Das, joined by other experts discuss the impact of prayer in recent BBC Beyond Belief episode “Prayer” with Ernie Rae. Click on link to listenhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/b006s6p6 Or download on apple podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/prayer/id261779770…. The programme can be listened to here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000m577

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Śākta Traditions Lecture Series: Śāktism among the Śaivas of Kashmir

Śākta Traditions Lecture Series: Śāktism among the Śaivas Prof. Alexis Sanderson21 & 28 October 2020, 2.00-3.00 In the first of these three lectures Professor Sanderson covers the history of Śaivism, setting out his view of its principal divisions, their historical development, and their interaction, and locating on this map the entry point of an influx of Śākta Śaiva forms of ecstatic

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Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series

Śākta Traditions Online Lecture Series History of Hinduism Project Conveners Tanja L. JakobsenLena Molin Project Outline It is widely recognised that Śāktism has a massive presence in India and Nepal, and that Hinduism cannot be understood without the Goddess (Devī/Śakti) and the goddess-oriented Śākta traditions. The Goddess pervades Hinduism at all levels, from aniconic village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses

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Rethinking Tantra: Online Weekend School

Rethinking Tantra: Online Weekend School, 19–20 September The most misrepresented of all Hindu traditions, Tantra is a complex interweaving of teachings and practices that pervades Vaiṣnava, Śaiva, Śākta, and Smarta traditions. Its roots can be traced back to Vedic times and its influence has spread to Jainism, Buddhism, and beyond. While sex and secret ritual are an element of some

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Beyond Belief “The Face” on BBC Radio 4 with Dr Jessica Frazier

Beyond Belief “The Face” with Dr Jessica Frazier on BBC Radio 4 31 August 2020 Dr Jessica Frazier discussed the use of face masks in light of religion and Covid-19 with Joanna Moorhead, a freelance writer and Arts Editor for The Tablet and Rania Hafez, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich and a

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Gita Study Group (Hindu Chaplaincy)

Gita Study Group (Hindu Chaplainc) Dates: 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

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Online Lectures by Dr Ulrik Lyngs

“Deus ex Machina: What Can Digital Humanities Offer Hindu Studies” Online Lecture series by Dr Ulrik Lyngs Our visiting fellow this term Dr Ulrik Lyngs are giving four lectures this term on Digital Humanities and Hindu Studies. Part I: The data science pipelinePart II: Basic text miningPart III: Practical example w/ RStudio and texts from GRETILPart IV: Reproducible work with R

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Love and Attachment – Conceptions of Devotions in the Narada Bhakti Sutra

Friends Event: Love and Attachment – Conceptions of Devotions in the Narada Bhakti Sutra Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 13 July 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The core ideas of the Bhakti tradition are explored in the well-known text attributed to Sage  Nārada. What is

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Chankya – The Genius of Statecraft

Friends Event: Chankya – The Genius of Statecraft Saturday, 6 April 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the OCHS Chanakya, also known as Kautilya and Vishnugupta, was a brilliant and original thinker living  in ancient India around the 2nd Century BCE. He was an economist, a jurist, a philosopher and a

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Finding your Guru: The Tale of the Avadhuta Brahmin

Friends Event: Finding your Guru: The Tale of the Avadhuta Brahmin Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 12 January 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Hindu traditions have always honoured the guru as a great source of wisdom. This Puranic story expands the idea of guru beyond

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Three-day Sanskrit School in Oxford, 25–27 January 2019

Three-day Sanskrit School in Oxford, 25–27 January 2019 Wednesday, 2 January 2019 Whether you are brand new to studying Sanskrit or have some experience – interested in learning proper pronunciation, reading the devanāgarī script, delving into meaning and grammar, or in deepening your yoga practice – this workshop is appropriate for all levels. Through chanting and discussion of yoga-related texts, as well

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Oxford Day School: Yoga – From Ancient to Modern

Oxford Day School: Yoga – From Ancient to Modern Friday, 16 November 2018 Our Continuing Education Department is holding its next Day School at Corpus Christi College on Saturday 24 November. The theme is Yoga – From Ancient to Modern. Yoga has gained great popularity in the modern world, but the history and meaning of yoga remain a mystery. In

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OCHS Exhibition: Hidden Treasures

OCHS Exhibition: Hidden Treasures Thursday, 15 November 2018 From Monday 26 November to Friday 30 November, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is holding an exhibition: Hidden Treasures in Private Academic Collections This exhibition aims to discover and reveal an unknown aspect of the lives of Oxford academics at the Centre of Hindu Studies. It brings their individual interests closer

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The Swami Haridhas Giri Scholarship

The Swami Haridhas Giri Scholarship Thursday, 5 July 2018 At the end of June, 2016 our Centre was graced with a visit from His Holiness Swami Niranjanananda Giri, who leads the Sri Gnianananda Giri Peetam, near Kanchi, in Tamil Nadu. Swamiji was accompanied by a small number of his followers, including children, and came to hear about the development of

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Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else?

Friends event: Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 June 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester Prof. Emeritus Werner Menski and Mrs. Nilima Devi MBE In this combined presentation, we delve into the kite structure of dharma, and the constant need to balance competing expectations, connected to the individual, groups, the

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Friends Event: Envisioning Krishna in the Bhagavata Purana

Friends Event: Envisioning Krishna in the Bhagavata Purana Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 June 2018 – 6:30pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF This talk introduces exquisitely detailed paintings that were originally part of lavish books of the type commissioned by royals and nobles in Hindu kingdoms across northern and central India during the early modern period. While some

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Friends Event: Pathways to Purusha

Friends Event: Pathways to Purusha Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 19 May 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Hall Green Quakers Hamlet Road Birmingham B28 9BG 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

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OCHS launches online Sanskrit course

OCHS launches online Sanskrit course Friday, 18 May 2018 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

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Friends Event: Pathways to Purush

Friends Event: Pathways to Purush Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 5 May 2018 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF 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

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Friends Event: Love and War in the Bhagavad Gita

Friends Event: Love and War in the Bhagavad Gita Leicester Friends EventWednesday, 4 April 2018 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF 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

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Aarhus-OCHS Workshop

Aarhus-OCHS Workshop Thursday, 8 March 2018 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

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Friends Event: Paths to Liberation in the Bhagavad-gita

Friends Event: Paths to Liberation in the Bhagavad-gita Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 March 2018 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF 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,

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

Friends Event: Don’t Mind! The Concept of Mind in Hinduism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 February 2018 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF 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

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Don’t Mind! The Concept of Mind in Hinduism

Don’t Mind! The Concept of Mind in Hinduism Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 27 January 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Hall Green Quakers Hamlet Road Birmingham B28 9BG 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

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“Speaking of Bhakti” Day School: London 20 January

“Speaking of Bhakti” Day School: London 20 January Wednesday, 3 January 2018 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

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Friends event: Speaking of Bhakti

Friends event: Speaking of Bhakti Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 December 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Jalaram Community Centre (Opp. Jalaram Mandir) 85 Narborough Road,  Leicester LE3 0LF 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.Organiser: Friends

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Friends event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha – the idea of the Guru in Hinduism

Friends event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha – the idea of the Guru in Hinduism Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 18 November 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Hall Green Quakers Hamlet Road Birmingham B28 9BG A talk by Tushar Shah of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Hinduism pays great reverence to gurus as spiritual instructors, guardians, role-models, counsellors, mediators, and even embodiments of the divine.

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ZUG ‘Faith in Finance’ Conference

ZUG ‘Faith in Finance’ Conference Friday, 10 November 2017Our 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

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Friends event: Reading the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament

Friends event: Reading the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 4 November 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Jalaram Community Centre (Opp. Jalaram Mandir) 85 Narborough Road,  Leicester LE3 0LF 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

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Friends event: Exploring Diwali

Friends event: Exploring Diwali Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 October 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das and Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies As we prepare for the celebration of Diwali, sending messages, planning meals, buying jewellery, hoping for jewellery – and all the arrangements that have

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Introduction to Sanskrit: London 28 October

Introduction to Sanskrit: London 28 October Monday, 18 September 2017 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

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The Bhāgavata Purāṇa Conference

The Bhāgavata Purāṇa Conference Sunday, 10 September 2017  The Bhāgavata Purāṇa conference was held in January 2017 in Chennai, India.  Kenneth Valpey and Ravi Gupta were instrumental in organising this three-day event, which was hosted by University of Madras (courtesy of Prof. M. Mishra, a former Shivdasani Fellow of the Centre) and the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation (courtesy of Dr.

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Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 22 July 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or tiger. Other deities like the elephant-headed Ganesha

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Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 1 July 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or

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Oxford Summer School 23–25 June

Oxford Summer School 23–25 June Monday, 22 May 2017 Click here for full details This year the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies will be running its third Oxford Summer School. The 2017 Summer School will run from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June at Nuffield College and the OCHS. This year’s theme is ‘Hinduism and Relationships’ and speakers include:

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Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras?

Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras? Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 20 May 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Hall Green Quakers Hamlet Road Birmingham B28 9BG A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. What are mantras? Who are they for? How and why are they used? Do they work? and why should we care? This talk draws on Hindu

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Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras?

Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 6 May 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. What are mantras? Who are they for? How and why are they used? Do they work? and why should we care? This talk draws on Hindu sacred text

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Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism

Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 1 April 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester  LE4 6LF Grace in Vaishnavism A talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Does God give grace freely without any qualification? Or are good living and good works needed to receive God’s grace? The Vaishnava understanding of

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London Day School on 25 March

London Day School on 25 March Friday, 24 March 2017 The OCHS Continuing Education Department is offering a day-school, Three Short Upanishads, in London on 25 March. Tutored by Dr Jessica Frazier, Dr Rembert Lutjeharms, and Anuradha Dooney, it aims to to be intensive yet accessible. This day school is a study of three of the shortest of the major Upanishads: the Kena,

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Call for Applications: Academic Director and Dean of Studies

Call for Applications: Academic Director and Dean of Studies Thursday, 23 March 2017 Applications are invited for the role of Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The position of Academic Director is one of leadership, coordination, communication, development, and nurture. Salary:    £67,000 to £74,000 Hours:    Full Time Contract Type:    Permanent Applications Close:    7th May 2017 Applications are

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Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism

Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 18 March 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends1 Hamlet Road Hall GreenBirmingham B28 9BG​ Grace in VaishnavismA talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Does God give grace freely without any qualification? Or are good living and good works needed to receive God’s grace?

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Friends event: Tirath Yatra

Friends event: Tirath Yatra Leicester Friends EventSunday, 12 March 2017 – 8:00am Start at Jalaram Mandir, Narborough Rd, Leicester, LE3 0LF The Friends of the OCHS annual pilgrimage to the main temples of Leicester. Organiser: Friends of the OCHS – Leicester

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Friends event: Religion in Public Life: A Muslim and Hindu Comment

Friends event: Religion in Public Life: A Muslim and Hindu Comment Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 4 March 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester  LE4 6LF Imam Ibrahim Mogra and Shaunaka Rishi Das both served as Commissioners on the Commission for Faith and Belief in British Public Life (2013-2015), established by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. In this moderated session Imam Mogra

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Friends event: Doing the right thing as a Hindu

Friends event: Doing the right thing as a Hindu Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 4 February 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Community Centre, Leicester A talk by Prof. Werner Menski The challenge to figure out what is the right thing to do in any particular life situation is a universal problem. Hindus have addressed this over time in various ways that can be focused,

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Friends event: UniqueDevotion, Uniqueness of Devotion

Friends event: UniqueDevotion, Uniqueness of Devotion Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 January 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Jalaram Community Centre (opp Jalaram Mandir) 85 Narborough Rd, Leicester LE3 0LF A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies The mystic poet Meerabai is a celebrated saint of North India and a devotee of Krishna. Her poetic style and expression has a

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Friends Event: How Hanuman Conquered Hearts

Friends Event: How Hanuman Conquered Hearts Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 December 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6L Lord Rama may be the central character of the Ramayana, but it is Hanuman his devoted servant who has become perhaps the most beloved of all Hindu deities. How did he achieve such celebrity status and why does his appeal

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Friends Event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha – the idea of the Guru in Hinduism

Friends Event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha – the idea of the Guru in Hinduism Saturday, 1 October 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Jalaram Community Centre (opp Jalaram Mandir) 85 Narborough Rd, Leicester LE3 0LF A talk by Tushar Shah of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Hinduism pays great reverence to gurus as spiritual instructors,  guardians,  role-models,  counsellors,  mediators, and even embodiments of the divine.

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Friends Event: The Boomerang Effect: Karma, Causation, and Rebirth

Friends Event: The Boomerang Effect: Karma, Causation, and Rebirth Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 23 July 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends 1 Hamlet Road Hall Green Birmingham B28 9BG​ A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies A major concept that distinguishes Indian philosophy from European philosophy is karma. Karma can be regarded

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Book launch: Swaminarayan Hinduism

Book launch: Swaminarayan Hinduism Wednesday, 20 July 2016 What started as a small religious community and reform movement in 19th century northwestern India is now one of the fastest growing devotional (bhakti) Hindu communities in the world. The story of the Swaminarayan community’s growth is one of literary and performative innovation, colonial interaction, and architectural revolution. This edited volume presents perspectives

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Appointment of Prof. John Brockington as Interim Academic Director

Appointment of Prof. John Brockington as Interim Academic Director Saturday, 9 July 2016 The OCHS is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John Brockington as the Interim Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies for the year 2016–17. Professor Brockington is an Oxonian belonging (Corpus Christi College, 1959–65) with a BA (1963), MA (1966) and D.Phil (1968)

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The Boomerang Effect: Karma, Causation, and Rebirth

Friends Event: The Boomerang Effect: Karma, Causation, and Rebirth Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies A major concept that distinguishes Indian philosophy from European philosophy is karma. Karma can be regarded as the application of the law of

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Friends Event: Life as Balancing Act

Friends Event: Life as Balancing Act Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 21 May 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends1 Hamlet Road Hall GreenBirmingham B28 9BG​ This talk looks to the Upanis​h​ads, Mahabharata,and the Puranas for help in striking the balance between the paths of pravritti (world-embracing) and nivritti (world renouncing) in day​-to​-day life. ​​In other words how can we

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OCHS Approved as UN NGO

OCHS Approved as UN NGO Friday, 13 May 2016 At a meeting in New York City on 28 April 2016, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies was approved as an NGO (Non-governmental organisation) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). The approval was granted by UN DPI as the OCHS is engaged in activities aligned to

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Friends Event: Life as Balancing Act

Headline Friends Event: Life as Balancing Act Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 May 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies This talk looks to the Upanis​h​ads, Mahabharata,and the Puranas for help in striking the balance between the paths of pravritti (world-embracing) and nivritti (world renouncing) in day​-to​-day life. ​​In other

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How can Hindus Engage with Other Religious Traditions?

Friends Event: How can Hindus Engage with Other Religious Traditions? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 April 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies We live in religiously diverse societies. One way to gain recognition and create space is to resort to name calling, violence, and conflict.

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Hindu Approaches to Childhood

Friends Event: Hindu Approaches to Childhood Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 19 March 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends1 Hamlet Road Hall GreenBirmingham B28 9BG​ A talk by Brainerd prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies With the global effort to protect the rights of children, have we lost a healthy understanding of the role of the family

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The Great Goddess in Hinduism

Friends Event: The Great Goddess in Hinduism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 5 March 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Silje Lyngar Einarsen of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The emphasis placed on goddesses and the divine feminine makes Hinduism truly unique among the world religions. Not only does the feminine dimension permeate Hinduism in

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Living with Diversity Today

Friends Event: Living with Diversity Today Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 6 February 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF Rev Tom Wilson, Director of St Philips Centre, and Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies A public conversation to explore the issues and promote an open discussion. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in

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Humility in the Gita

Friends Event: Humility in the Gita Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 23 January 2016 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends1 Hamlet Road Hall GreenBirmingham B28 9BG​ A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The Bhagavad-gita is a conversation that takes place on a battlefield, just prior to a conflict that ends in death and

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hindus

FOCHS Event: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hindus Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 16 January 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Once again the New Year heralds hope for improvement in all areas of our lives. We all know we are capable of great intention

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OCHS Academic Director leaves for Singapore

OCHS Academic Director leaves for Singapore Monday, 11 January 2016 Prof. Gavin Flood, the Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is leaving Oxford to take up a chair in Comparative Religion at the National University of Singapore after more than ten years invaluable service at the heart of Hindu Studies in Oxford. While at the OCHS he

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Rama’s Diwali

Friends Event: Rama’s Diwali Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 November 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Diwali is one of Hinduism’s most inclusive festivals and is now celebrated worldwide. One of the most famous of the many Diwali stories is the story of Lord Rama. What

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A Hindu Vision of Childhood and Parenting

Friends Event: A Hindu Vision of Childhood and Parenting Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 October 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Brainerd prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and Saloni Patel With the global effort to protect the rights of children, have we lost a healthy understanding of the role of the family

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HUM alumni dinner

HUM alumni dinner Friday, 21 August 2015 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,

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Conversion in Hindu Culture

Conversion in Hindu Culture Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 1 August 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The word conversion conjures up images of determined zealots, waving their book, and haranguing a fallen soul to turn to the one true God. The issue of conversion

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Friends Event: Yoga Solutions to Stress and Suffering

Friends Event: Yoga Solutions to Stress and Suffering Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 11 July 2015 – 6:00pm to 9:30pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Patañjali’s Yogasūtra (c. 300CE) gives a framework for understanding the causes of stress and suffering. What is the nature of suffering? Why do we experience

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Friends Event: Emotions in Hinduism: The Bhakti Traditions

Friends Event: Emotions in Hinduism: The Bhakti Traditions Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 6 June 2015 – 6:00pm to 9:30pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Dr Kiyokazu Okita of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan Have you ever fallen in love? Or have you become angry with someone? Strong

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Friends Event: Is Hinduism a religion?

Friends Event: Is Hinduism a religion? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 May 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Is Hinduism is a religion? The simple answer is yes – and no. It depends on how we understand the word ‘religion’. We will look at the

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Friends Event: The Idea of Faith in Hindu thought

Friends Event: The Idea of Faith in Hindu thought Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 11 April 2015 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Shree Laxminarayan Mandir541a Warwick RoadTyseleyBirmingham B11 2JP A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Faith is an English word with baggage. In Sanskrit there are many words that cover the ground used by the word faith, and extend

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Friends Event: The idea of Faith in Hindu thought

Friends Event: The idea of Faith in Hindu thought Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 4 April 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Faith is an English word with baggage. In Sanskrit there are many words that cover the ground used by the word faith, and extend

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Tirath Yatra: Leicester Temple Pilgrimage

Tirath Yatra: Leicester Temple Pilgrimage Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 28 March 2015 (All day) The Temples we will be visiting are Jalaram Mandir, Jain Centre, Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON), Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, Geeta Bhavan, Radha Krishna Mandir, Hindu Mandir, Sanatan Mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS), Shreeji Haveli, Swaminarayan Mandir (ISSO), Shreeji Haveli, Ram Mandir, Shree Murugan Temple & Gayatri Parivar. Start

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Friends Event: The Gita in the Thought and Life of Gandhi

Friends Event: The Gita in the Thought and Life of Gandhi Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 March 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies It is well known that the Gandhi took the Bhagavad Gita as his major religious resource and constantly reflected on its message for

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Workshop on Bengali Vaishnavism

Workshop on Bengali Vaishnavism Friday, 27 March 2015 www.ochs.org.uk/research/bengali-vaishnavism-modern-period-workshop The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies will be hosting an international workshop on the theme ‘Bengali Vaishnavism in the Modern Period’ at Worcester College, Oxford, on 28–29 March, 2015. The workshop aims to bring together leading scholars and early-career researchers working on Bengali Vaishnavism across the disciplines to explore the tradition

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Friends Event: The Gita in the Thought and Life of Gandhi

Friends Event: The Gita in the Thought and Life of Gandhi Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 21 February 2015 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm ​Meeting House of the Society of Friends,1 Hamlet Road Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9BG​ A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies It is well known that the Gandhi took the Bhagavad Gita as his major religious resource

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Friends Event: Stepping Stones for Change

Friends Event: Stepping Stones for Change Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 February 2015 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. With 2015 now upon us it is ​we can take stock of time past. We all hope for a better world, a brighter future, improved health and happier

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Friends Event: How New is Modern Yoga?

Friends Event: How New is Modern Yoga? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 6 December 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Dr Jason Birch of the OCHS Modern yoga is generally believed to be an ancient discipline. However, many of the postures (āsana) of modern yoga are not mentioned in mediaeval yoga texts, such as the Haṭhapradīpikā.

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Friends Event: Detachment in the Gita

Friends Event: Detachment in the Gita Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 4 October 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies We are all attached to our stuff – our gadgets, our cars, our homes, our pets, our parents, our country, and our looks. Yet we know everything

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Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga?

Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga? Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 20 September 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Shree Ram Mandir8 Walford RoadSparkbrookBirmingham, B11 1NR A talk by Ramesh pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Yoga has become a multi-billion dollar commodity with over 30 million people in the US alone practising one form or another of Yoga. Where did all these

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Aarhus-OCHS Student Exchange Programme

Aarhus-OCHS Student Exchange Programme Thursday, 18 September 2014 by Silje Lyngar Einarsen, PhD student, Aarhus University Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by and between the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) and the Department for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University, Sanskrit students from Aarhus at BA, MA and PhD level have the opportunity to spend a semester in

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Friends Event: Hindu Perspective on Success and Failure

Friends Event: Hindu Perspective on Success and Failure Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 6 September 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 
Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by by Anuradha Dooney of the OCHS. In our world we see success on the X-Factor and on talent shows, we see success in industry, in banking, in sport, and in schools. But how do

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Friends talk: Review

Friends talk: Review Monday, 18 August 2014 A review of a Leicester Friends of the OCHS talk, given by Ramesh Pattni on 2 August 2014. To an audience of approximately 60, Ramesh introduced his topic – The Three Faces of Vedanta:Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, & Ramanujacharya – with a brief overview of the six systems of Indian philosophy, giving us a context into which

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The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 2 August 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has

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Sitting at the Guru’s feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads

Sitting at the Guru’s feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 5 July 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The Upanisads are among the most influential Hindu sacred texts. Though often cryptic, they form the foundation of Vedantic discourse, and

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The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 26 July 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Shree Ram Mandir8 Walford RoadSparkbrookBirmingham, B11 1NR A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has

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Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 7 June 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Despite global recession India edges closer to being one of our wealthiest nations, yet the face of poverty also continues to portray India to the world. In

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Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 31 May 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Shree Ram Mandir8 Walford RoadSparkbrookBirmingham, B11 1NR A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Despite global recession India edges closer to being one of our wealthiest nations, yet the face of poverty also continues to portray India to the world. In a

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Friends Event: Caring for the Planet: A Hindu Response

Friends Event: Caring for the Planet: A Hindu Response Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 3 May 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Gopal Patel of the OCHS Bhumi Project In 2009 the OCHS launched the Bhumi Project, an international initiative to encourage Hindus to address environmental concerns, including climate change. Since then the Project has developed

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Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga?

Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 5 April 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Yoga has become a multi-billion dollar commodity with over 30 million people in the US alone practising one form or another of Yoga. Where did all these

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OCHS Board Member, Pramod Thakkar, Resigns

OCHS Board Member, Pramod Thakkar, Resigns Thursday, 3 April 2014 Mr. Pramod Thakkar will be retiring from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Board of Governors. Mr. Thakkar has been on the Board since June 2007, during which time he has provided a wealth of expertise and advice to the Centre. Mr. Thakkar was instrumental in establishing a relationship between

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Leicester Holi Yatra 2014

Leicester Holi Yatra 2014 Leicester Friends EventSunday, 16 March 2014 (All day) Jalaram Mandir (starting point) Jain Centre Hare Krishna temple Shri Shirdi Sai Baba temple Geeta Bhavan Radhe Krishna Mandir Hindu Mandir Sanatan Mandir Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS) Swaminarayan Mandir (ISSO) Ram Mandir Gayatri Parivar (ending point) The word yatra usually refers to treks to holy cities – in India. In Leicester,

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Friends: Hinduism and Modernity

Hinduism and Modernity Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 15 March 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Shree Ram Mandir 8 Walford Road Sparkbrook Birmingham, B11 1NR A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In modern, secular society Hinduism is sometimes regarded as backward looking and the source of conflict and communalism. On this view, as scientific knowledge and technology develop,

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Friends Event: Hinduism and Modernity

Friends Event: Hinduism and Modernity Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 1 March 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

 A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In modern, secular society Hinduism is sometimes regarded as backward looking and the source of conflict and communalism. On this view, as scientific knowledge and technology develop, Hinduism

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Forthcoming title: Caitanya Vaisnava Philosophy

Forthcoming title: Caitanya Vaisnava Philosophy Wednesday, 22 January 2014 Sixteenth century scholar-saint Caitanya has inspired many a Krishna devotee over the years. His message made its way from east India, travelling around the world, and reaching millions.  Dr. Ravi Gupta, alumnus of OCHS and Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies at Utah State University, has compiled a volume on Caitanya’s

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This term’s Shivdasani Fellow: Prof. Sushil Mittal

This term’s Shivdasani Fellow: Prof. Sushil Mittal Monday, 20 January 2014 The OCHS is pleased to welcome Prof. Sushil Mittal as this term’s Shivdasani Visitng Fellow. Prof. Mittal is a Professor of Religion in the Philosophy and Religion department at James Madison University in Virginia, USA.  A cultural anthropologist by training and education, he has previously held positions on the

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Friends Event: Understanding the Perfect Hindu Scripture: An Exploration of the Bhagavad-gita

Friends Event: Understanding the Perfect Hindu Scripture: An Exploration of the Bhagavad-gita Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 18 January 2014 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm Balaji TempleDudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU A talk by Gopal Patel of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In 2009 the OCHS launched the Bhumi Project, an international initiative to encourage Hindus to address environmental concerns, including climate change. Since

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Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies released today

Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies released today Wednesday, 15 January 2014 In a field as varied as Hindu Studies the need for a comprehensive guide has become urgent. OCHS Fellow, Dr. Jessica Frazier, has risen to the occasion as Editor of the Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies. This research guide, contains a foreword by Professor Gavin Flood, OCHS Academic Director, as well

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Ayurveda and the Hindu Philosophical Systems

Ayurveda and the Hindu Philosophical Systems Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 11 January 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre,Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest system of human medicine and looks at the human being in a holistic manner. What are the core principles of this system and

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Friends Event: Speaking of Shiva: eko hi rudro na dvitiyaya tashtuh

Friends Event: Speaking of Shiva: eko hi rudro na dvitiyaya tashtuh Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 7 December 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm Balaji TempleDudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Most Hindus will at various times in the year offer their devotion to Shiva but there is also a rich tradition, stretching

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Friends Event: Mythology and Meaning in Hinduism

Friends Event: Mythology and Meaning in Hinduism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 30 November 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street,Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Hindu traditions are full of fabulous stories of monsters, milk oceans, magic, and heroism that defy all reason. Are these tales true or false? How do Hindu texts

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OCHS Publications – The Truth Within

OCHS Publications – The Truth Within Thursday, 14 November 2013 What is truth? How does it relate to our understanding of the inner self? What role does religion play in this intersection between the two? Professor Gavin Flood, Academic Director of OCHS, explores these questions in his book The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  

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IK Foundation Lecture: Am I a Hindu? Questions Young People Ask

IK Foundation Lecture: Am I a Hindu? Questions Young People Ask Nehru Centre EventFriday, 8 November 2013 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF   A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In this talk Nick Sutton will consider the position of young people of Indian descent who were born and have grown

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Sitting at the Guru’s feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads

Sitting at the Guru’s feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 2 November 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm Balaji TempleDudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The Upanisads are among the most influential Hindu sacred texts. Though often cryptic, they form the foundation of Vedantic discourse, and

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How to be God: A Tour through the many Vedantas

How to be God: A Tour through the many Vedantas Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 26 October 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Jessica Frazier of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Just how close are we to the divine, and just what role do we play for God? Are we part of the divine ocean? God’s

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Friends Event: South India: The Heartland of Hinduism?

Friends Event: South India: The Heartland of Hinduism? Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 5 October 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm Balaji TempleDudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Most Hindus are aware of the major contribution to the tradition that has come from the South of India in terms of both religious belief

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Nehru Centre talk: What the Mahabharata and Bhagavad-gita Reveal about the History and Religious Culture of India

Nehru Centre talk: What the Mahabharata and Bhagavad-gita Reveal about the History and Religious Culture of India Nehru Centre EventFriday, 20 September 2013 – 6:30pm to 8:30pmNehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In this talk Dr Sutton will discuss the interaction between religion, philosophy and politics in ancient India

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Friends Event: Understanding Love

Friends Event: Understanding Love Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 7 September 2013 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Balaji Temple Dudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU A talk By Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Indian culture is noted for its wonderful love poetry and none more beautiful than that of the bhakti poets. Their devotion has become one of the greatest influences on Hindu

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Friends Event: Speaking of Shiva: eko hi rudro na dvitiyaya tashtuh

Friends Event: Speaking of Shiva: eko hi rudro na dvitiyaya tashtuh Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 31 August 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street,Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Most Hindus will at various times in the year offer their devotion to Shiva but there is also a rich tradition, stretching back

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Friends Event: The Six Systems of Hindu Philosophy

Friends Event: The Six Systems of Hindu Philosophy Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 27 July 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Hinduism has a rich and diverse philosophical tradition dating back thousands of years to the Upanisads in the later Vedic period. The oldest of these constitute the

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Friends Event: Hindu Thought in Western Literature

Friends Event: Hindu Thought in Western Literature Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 6 July 2013 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Balaji Temple Dudley RoadEast TividaleWest Midlands, B69 3DU In this talk we will look at the influence of Hindu thought on Western literature. We will visit authors, periods, and themes, travelling from ancient times, through the medieval period, buffeted by the European Enlightenment and the Romantics, through

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Friends Event: Understanding Love

Friends Event: Understanding Love Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 29 June 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk By Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Indian culture is noted for its wonderful love poetry and none more beautiful than that of the bhakti poets. Their devotion has become one of the greatest influences on Hindu

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Friends Event: Hindu Thought in Western Literature

Friends Event: Hindu Thought in Western Literature Saturday, 25 May 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF In this talk we will look at the influence of Hindu thought on Western literature. We will visit authors, periods, and themes, travelling from ancient times, through the medieval period, buffeted by the European Enlightenment and the Romantics, through German, British,

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Nehru Centre talk: Swami Vivekananda and the Transformation of Indian Philanthropy

Nehru Centre talk: Swami Vivekananda and the Transformation of Indian Philanthropy Nehru Centre EventWednesday, 22 May 2013 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Prabhu Guptara Arising from research towards a history of Indian philanthropy, the lecture examines the influence of Swami Vivekananda. Briefly, the argument is that Indian philanthropy was transformed from its focus

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Ashok Vaswani: From Bombay to Barclays

Ashok Vaswani: From Bombay to Barclays Monday, 13 May 2013 On 20 May, Mr Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Retail and Business Banking, at Barclays, delivered the final lecture of the 2013 Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Leadership Series. The event at Oxford’s Saïd Business School was sponsored by Deloitte. In the lecture “From Bombay to Barclays”, Mr Vaswani shared the ideas

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OCHS courses return to London

OCHS courses return to London Tuesday, 7 May 2013 After a break of three years, the OCHS Continuing Education courses return to London. Understanding Hinduism, a seven session course will take place in Central London from 2 May and Harrow from 13 May. The courses are co-tutored by Dr Nick Sutton and Anuradha Dooney and cover the following sessions. Session 1:

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OCHS student wins Sanskrit prize

OCHS student wins Sanskrit prize Monday, 6 May 2013 Rohana Seneviratne, D.Phil. student in Sanskrit at the Oriental Institute  and OCHS student, was awarded the Saraswati Sanskrit Prize. He is the first person of Sri Lankan descent and also the first Oxford student to receive this award. At the official award ceremony held in New Delhi on 25 March, Rohana

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Friends Talk: The Hanuman Chalisa

Friends Talk: The Hanuman Chalisa Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 27 April 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF In this talk Nick Sutton will discuss the Hindi text of the Hanuman Chalisa and try to place this well loved work within the wider of context of Tulsidas’s retelling of the Ramayana, noting the ways in which he builds on

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Friends Event: Tirath yatra

Friends Event: Tirath yatra Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 20 April 2013 (All day) Join us on our third annual sponsored walk taking in the fifteen main temples in Leicester. There is no age limit and you don’t have to complete the whole course, just walk as much as you wish. All money raised goes to support the work of the Oxford Centre

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Friends Event: Hinduism: A Religion for Non-Believers

Friends Event: Hinduism: A Religion for Non-Believers Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 30 March 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF One of the main reasons why people in the modern world are turning away from religion is that they find the doctrines and scriptural narratives implausible in light of modern scientific discoveries. Where doubts arise about the truth

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Nehru Centre talk: Kitchen Religion: Hindu Approaches to Food

Nehru Centre talk: Kitchen Religion: Hindu Approaches to Food Nehru Centre EventThursday, 21 March 2013 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies From the earliest expressions of Hindu thought to Ayurvedic remedies, tiffin wallas, and temples of today, food, fasting and feasting have been at the

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Friends Talk: The Hanuman Chalisa

Friends Talk: The Hanuman Chalisa Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 16 March 2013 – 7:00pm to 9:30pm Birmingham Pragati Mandal10 Sampson RoadSparkbrookBirmingham. B11 1JL A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the OCHS In this talk Nick Sutton will discuss the Hindi text of the Hanuman Chalisa and try to place this well loved work within the wider of context of Tulsidas’s retelling of the

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Obituary: Prof. M.N. Narasimhachary

Obituary: Prof. M.N. Narasimhachary Thursday, 14 March 2013 Prof. M.N. Narasimhachary passed away in Chennai on Wednesday 6 March 2013. Here he is remembered by Dr Ravi Gupta… Some thirteen years ago, I met Prof. M. Narasimhachary for the first time when he arrived as a visiting professor at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. That fortunate encounter changed my life

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Renowned Sanskritist, OCHS Fellow, Prof. Narasimhachary Passes Away

Renowned Sanskritist, OCHS Fellow, Prof. Narasimhachary Passes Away Friday, 8 March 2013 Professor M.N. Narasimhachary, twice OCHS-Shivdasani Fellow and OCHS Director of Academic Affairs has passed away in Chennai, India, on Wednesday 6 March 2013, aged 74. Born in Arthamuru village in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, Prof. Narasimhachary was educated in Chennai. He earned his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from

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Image Gallery: Kumbh Mela 2013

Image Gallery: Kumbh Mela 2013 Monday, 4 March 2013 The OCHS’s talented Artist-in-Residence, Param Tomanec, has been busily documenting this year’s Kumbh Mela for us. Param’s experience as a photographer and film-maker has been a great gift to the OCHS, supplying us with hundreds of images capturing the life of the Centre. Now he takes us to Kumbh Mela, one

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Friends Event: The Concept of God in the Bhagavadgita: Hindu Views and Christian Responses

Friends Event: The Concept of God in the Bhagavadgita: Hindu Views and Christian Responses Leicester Friends Event Saturday, 23 February 2013 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF Dr. Kate Wharton, Deputy Adviser for Inter Religious Affairs and Ramesh Pattni, Co-Chair of Hindu Christian Forum Each speaker will give a short presentation in response to the text of the

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OCHS gets first Writer-in-Residence

OCHS gets first Writer-in-Residence Friday, 22 February 2013 Young author, Prajwal Parajuly, has been selected as the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) first Writer-in-Residence. At 28, Prajwal’s first book, The Gurkha’s Daughter, a collection of short stories set in Nepal and among the Nepali diaspora, has been called “Crisp, inventive and insightful” by The Guardian. Of his own work, Prajwal

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Friends Talk: The Concept of God in the Bhagavad Gita

Friends Talk: The Concept of God in the Bhagavad Gita Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 16 February 2013 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Meeting House of the Society of Friends,1 Hamlet RoadHall Green, Birmingham B28 9BG   Dr. Kate Wharton, Deputy Adviser for Inter Religious Affairs and Ramesh Pattni, Co-Chair of Hindu Christian Forum will each give a short presentation in response to the text of the Gita. Ramesh

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Young, Hindu, Oxonian

Young, Hindu, Oxonian Friday, 25 January 2013 A talk by Alpesh B Patel, Tuesday 29 January 2013, 6pm, Balliol College as part of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Leadership Programme. What does it mean to be a good leader, and what qualities do we associate with good leadership? What do aspiring young leaders need to focus on most in

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Friends Event: The Cook, the Thief, the Wife and the Lover: Images of Time in Hindu tradition

Friends Event: The Cook, the Thief, the Wife and the Lover: Images of Time in Hindu tradition Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 15 December 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. We all know the clock-face of time that marks our days in ticks and tocks, but who

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Nehru Centre talk: Bhakti and Bollywood

Nehru Centre talk: Bhakti and Bollywood Nehru Centre EventThursday, 6 December 2012 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Jessica Frazier of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Organiser: Nehru Centre – London

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Friends Event: Women in Hinduism

Friends Event: Women in Hinduism Thursday, 1 November 2012 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Langley Grammar SchoolReddington DriveLangleyBerkshireSL3 7QS A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.The roles of women in Hindu traditions are changing as they are throughout the rest of the world. What can stories of Sita and Draupadi, of Savitri or Sulabha contribute to the contemporary challenges of chapati rolling ( or not!) child-care

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Friends Event: Does Hinduism Exist?

Friends Event: Does Hinduism Exist? Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 27 October 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF Contrary to common assumptions that the existence of a religion called “Hinduism” is beyond question, on-going debates in the world of scholarship reveal that the issue is far from settled. This talk will survey some of the arguments for and against

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New book – Modern Hindu Personalism

New book – Modern Hindu Personalism Saturday, 20 October 2012  OCHS fellow, Ferdinando Sardella, has published a new book, Modern Hindu Personalism, in which he explores the life and works of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati (1874-1937), a Vaishnava guru of the Chaitanya school of Bengal. Ferdinando Sardella examines Bhaktisiddhanta’s background, motivation and thought, especially as it relates to his creation of a modern

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IK Foundation Lecture: India: A Secular State?

IK Foundation Lecture: India: A Secular State? Nehru Centre EventThursday, 18 October 2012 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies The constitution of India is clearly that of a modern secular society that excludes any single religion from exerting significant political influence.  Yet India is

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Bhumi in India

Bhumi in India Monday, 15 October 2012Our Project Manager, Gopal Patel, is currently in India for the next few months. Whilst there he will be working on a number of India-based initiatives for Bhumi. The first is to develop an India-based Hindu chapter of the Green Pilgrimage Network which was launched by ARC last year in Assisi, Italy <http://arcworld.org/news.asp?pageID=493>. He will

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OCHS Cricket Day 2012

OCHS Cricket Day 2012 Wednesday, 10 October 2012 The last weekend of the cricket season saw the first OCHS Cricket Day, with gorgeous weather conditions and two excellent teams set for a great day.  The format of the game was two innings; one of twenty overs and the second of sixteen. The teams were London vs Rest of the world

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New book series

New book series Tuesday, 9 October 2012 The OCHS is proud to announce a new academic book series “Archaeology and Religion”, published in partnership with Routledge India. The new series examines inscriptions, ritual objects, coins, and sculptural and narrative representations on shrines to help investigate the complex relationship between manifestations of religion and the archaeological record. Through the study of

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Friends Event: Why we are Hindus

Friends Event: Why we are Hindus Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 6 October 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmMeeting House of the society of Friends1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green,Birmingham B28 9BG A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies. In this talk we will consider specific reasons one might have for displaying a commitment to the Hindu religious tradition and the

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Friends Golf Day, 26 October

Friends Golf Day, 26 October Saturday, 29 September 2012 The Friends of OCHS brings you another chance to take part in a fantastic day of golf at Kilworth Springs Golf Club, the premier golfing venue overlooking the beautiful Avon Valley in South Leicestershire. This follows the enormous success of last year’s event, when fifty golfing enthusiasts from all over England

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New intern for the OCHS

New intern for the OCHS Monday, 24 September 2012 This month OCHS welcomed Raam Chauhan as an intern at the Centre for two weeks. His family are well known to the OCHS as his parents, Raj and Ramila Chauhan, are key members of the Leicester Friends group and strong supporters of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Raam is currently

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Nehru Centre talk: Creation or Evolution: Indian Perspectives?

Nehru Centre talk: Creation or Evolution: Indian Perspectives? Nehru Centre EventThursday, 20 September 2012 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Modern debates over religion and science have frequently focused on the dissonance between the understanding of creation revealed in religious texts and the ideas

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Hindus in Africa launch plans for environmental change

Hindus in Africa launch plans for environmental change Thursday, 20 September 2012 Hindus in Africa have launched a long-term plan to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns in the continent. Their nine-year plan was launched at an event in Nairobi, Kenya, along with similar plans from other faith groups in Africa. The plan is part of The Bhumi

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Friends Event: Who is the Real Krishna?

Friends Event: Who is the Real Krishna? Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 1 September 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmMeeting House of the society of Friends1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green,Birmingham B28 9BG A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies. Krishna is perhaps the most widely revered of Hindu deities whose image is worshipped in temples throughout India. However, Krishna appears to

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Nehru Centre talk: Religion and Conflict in Indian History

Nehru Centre talk: Religion and Conflict in Indian History Nehru Centre EventThursday, 30 August 2012 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre8 South Audley StreetLondon, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies In recent decades much has been written about the role of religion in the making of Indian history.  From one side it has

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Friends Event: Tirtha Yatra

Friends Event: Tirtha Yatra Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 28 July 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF   A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies The purpose, practice and pitfalls of pilgrimage in Hindu tradition Organiser: Friends of the OCHS – Leicesterlf@ochs.org.ukOCHS July Talk.pdf

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Friends Event: Understanding the Bhagavad-gita

Friends Event: Understanding the Bhagavad-gita Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 14 July 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmMeeting House of the society of Friends1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green,Birmingham B28 9BG A talk by Dr Nick sutton of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies. The Bhagavad-gita is one of the best known and most important of all Hindu texts; it is written in a relatively simple style

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Jolly good fellows

Jolly good fellows Sunday, 1 July 2012 Academic year 2011–2012 gave us one OCHS fellow and three Shivdasani Fellows. The Shivdasani Fellowship exists to enable outstanding scholars of Indian nationality to come and study, write, and teach at Oxford University. Shivdasani Fellows Purushottama Bilimoria Professor Bilimoria is a highly engaging and cheerful individual and it was inspiring to see the

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Friends Event: Idols, Idle Worship, and Murti Puja

Friends Event: Idols, Idle Worship, and Murti Puja Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 30 June 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies When I visit a Hindu temple and the priest asks if I want to view the idols I know he does not want to demean his Murti but, as an Irish

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Bursaries

Bursaries Saturday, 30 June 2012 We were happy to award £8,000 worth of scholarships and bursaries to OCHS students this year. These scholarships provide an opportunity for students to travel and pursue their research and they make a big difference to their morale and material needs. The scholarships awarded are as follows: The Pandit Abaji Scholarship sponsored by Raj and

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Friends of the OCHS Updates

Friends of the OCHS Updates Wednesday, 20 June 2012 Friends groups are thriving in Leicester and Birmingham, raising awareness and funds for the OCHS. Leicester Friends of the OCHS The Leicester Friends continue to host an excellent series of talks. Recent highlights are an interfaith dialogue between the OCHS’s Shaunaka Rishi Das and The Venerable Richard Atkinson, Archdeacon of Leicester;

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Friends Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts

Friends Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 26 May 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley Street Leicester LE4 6LF  A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies. How do we understand and apply the teachings of centuries-old texts today? How do we make their teachings, grounded in

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Obituary: Joseph O’Connell

Obituary: Joseph O’Connell Friday, 25 May 2012 Our friend Joe, The Sunday Statesman William Radice remembers Joseph T O’Connell, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, who passed away on 6 May 2012, aged 71 “How was the Edinburgh Tagore conference?” “Very good. I thought, after so many Tagore conferences, that it might be a bridge too far. But it turned out to

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Friends Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts

Friends Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 12 May 2012 – 6:00pm to 8:00pmMeeting House of the society of Friends1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green,Birmingham B28 9BG Talk given by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms How do we understand and apply the teachings of centuries-old texts today? How do we make their teaching, grounded in a

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Nehru Centre Partnership

Nehru Centre Partnership Thursday, 10 May 2012 The OCHS and the Nehru Centre are natural partners in promoting Indian thought in their respective fields. This partnership was consolidated with a series of OCHS talks at the Nehru Centre. The OCHS talks at the Nehru Centre included three from Dr Nicholas Sutton: How to Understand the Bhagavad-gita; Indian Insights on the

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Prof. Joseph O’Connell passes away

Prof. Joseph O’Connell passes away Thursday, 10 May 2012 Former OCHS Academic Director, Prof. Joseph (Joe) O’Connell, passed away on Sunday 6 May at the age of 72, following a brain haemorrhage while in New York. He was born in Boston in 1940. In 1999–2000 Professor O’Connell was the Academic Director at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies since which

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Friends Event: Why We are Hindus

Friends Event: Why We are Hindus Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 28 April 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood Centre,Rothley Street,Leicester LE4 6LF  In this talk Nick Sutton will consider the specific reasons one might have for displaying a commitment to the Hindu religious tradition and the motivations for seeking to ensure the preservation and wider understanding of the ideals of Hinduism.  Most of those

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Friends Event: Creation or Evolution: Hindu Perspectives

Friends Event: Creation or Evolution: Hindu Perspectives Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 31 March 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies  In recent decades religion has increasingly become involved in the debate over the extent to which scientific theories about the origins of the world and of life threaten

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Hindu Forum Of Europe Meeting, 2012

Hindu Forum Of Europe Meeting, 2012 Friday, 30 March 2012 From 27–29 March, OCHS Director Shaunaka Rishi Das visited Belgium, speaking at the Hindu Forum of Europe on the future of Hindu education in the continent. The two-day program was hosted by the Hindu Forum of Europe, an organisation founded in 2006 as the voice of Hindus in Europe. There

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Nehru Centre talk: Does that mean I am God?: Understanding Vedanta?

Nehru Centre talk: Does that mean I am God?: Understanding Vedanta? Nehru Centre EventMonday, 19 November 2012 – 6:30pm Nehru Centre 8 South Audley Street London, W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Vedanta is today the predominant form of Hindu religious philosophy and has been so for many centuries.  But what

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Friends Event: Living as a Hindu in the 21st Century

Friends Event: Living as a Hindu in the 21st Century Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 17 March 2012 – 5:00pm to 7:30pm Birmingham University Students Guild Living as a Hindu in the 21st Century, a talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies  In this talk we will explore the Indian ideas and principles that have formed the basis of the

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Friends Event: South Indian Religion, a lecture by Professor M. Narasimhachary

Friends Event: South Indian Religion, a lecture by Professor M. Narasimhachary Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 25 February 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF A lecture by Professor M. Narasimhachary, Shivdasani Visiting Fellow of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies   These highly acclaimed lectures – brought to you each month – are presented by renowned, expert speakers from the Oxford Centre

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Friends Event: Hindu approaches to religious pluralism

Friends Event: Hindu approaches to religious pluralism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 28 January 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre,  Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF A talk by Lucian Wong Student of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies Religious plurality is a pervasive feature of the multi-cultural society in which we live, presenting challenges and opportunities to persons of faith. The existence of

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OCHS Academic Director publishes on Importance of Religion

OCHS Academic Director publishes on Importance of Religion Tuesday, 17 January 2012 Professor Gavin Flood, OCHS Academic Director and author of The Tantric Body: The Secret Tradition of Hindu Religion; The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition; Beyond Phenomenology: Rethinking the Study of Religion; and the widely prescribed Introduction to Hinduism has published  with Wiley-Blackwell. The Importance of Religion argues for

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Nehru Centre Event: Women in Hinduism

Nehru Centre Event: Women in Hinduism Nehru Centre EventFriday, 9 December 2011 – 6:30pm to 7:30pmNehru Centre8 South Audley Street London,  W1K 1HF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The roles of women in Hindu traditions are changing as they are throughout the rest of the world. What can stories of Sita and Draupadi, of Savitri or Sulabha contribute to

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Friends Event: Hinduism & Christianity in Dialogue

Friends Event: Hinduism & Christianity in Dialogue Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 17 December 2011 – 6:30pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood CentreRothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF Lecture by Shaunaka Rishi Das, Director of The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Response by The Venerable Richard Atkinson, Archdeacon of Leicester In this talk Shaunaka Rishi Das will outline some of the issues facing engaged Hindus and Christians as they develop their relationships.

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Sherwood Forest: Barclays cycle for the poor (of the OCHS)

Sherwood Forest: Barclays cycle for the poor (of the OCHS) Tuesday, 29 November 2011 Fifteen bankers from the Barclays Non-Resident-Indian (NRI) banking team in the United Kingdom took part in a ten-kilometre bicycle and tricycle ride. The enthusiasm in supporting a good cause was inspiring. This transfer from the rich to the poor in a different age took place in Sherwood

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Friends Event: Free will and Destiny in the Bhagavad-gita

Friends Event: Free will and Destiny in the Bhagavad-gita Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 26 November 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pmBelgrave Neighbourhood Centre Rothley StreetLeicester LE4 6LF A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies In this talk Anuradha will explore questions about free will and destiny as she finds them discussed in the Bhagavad-gita. How much choice do we really have in life,

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Bridges and Barriers report launched at Lambeth Palace

Bridges and Barriers report launched at Lambeth Palace Friday, 25 November 2011 The OCHS ‘Bridges and Barriers to Hindu-Christian Relations’ report, compiled by Dr Jessica Frazier, was launched at the Hindu-Christian Forum (HCF) at Lambeth Palace on 23 November.  The Hindu-Christian Forum was hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. The event was introduced by the Chairs of

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Nehru Centre Event: How to Understand the Bhagavad-gita

Nehru Centre Event: How to Understand the Bhagavad-gita Nehru Centre EventMonday, 21 November 2011 – 6:30pm to 7:30pmNehru Centre8 South Audley Street London,  W1K 1HF A talk by Dr Nicholas Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The Bhagavad-gita is widely known as one the main sacred texts of the Hindu tradition but precise understanding of the message it conveys remains elusive, as is demonstrated

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Leicester Friends Annual Gala Dinner

Leicester Friends Annual Gala Dinner Tuesday, 22 November 201119th November 2011FOCHS Leicester – The City Rooms Our Leicester Friends of the OCHS (FOCHS) hosted a gala dinner on 19 November to celebrate the achievements and milestones of the OCHS and the Leicester FOCHS.  The lively night began with a reception for guests to meet and mingle. The programme kicked off with a short

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Friends Event: Human Rights and Right Humans

Friends Event: Human Rights and Right Humans Birmingham Friends EventSaturday, 5 November 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pmMeeting House of the Society of Friends1 Hamlet StreetHall GreenBirmingham, B289BG A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Human rights discourse is increasingly at the heart of all moral debate. In this talk we will draw from selected Hindu narratives and philosophical ideas and

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Amitabh Bachchan and Karan Singh become OCHS Patrons

Amitabh Bachchan and Karan Singh become OCHS Patrons Tuesday, 1 November 2011 Renowned actor, Mr Amitabh Bachchan is taking a leading role in support of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Mr Bachchan was invited to the OCHS Patrons Council following his highly successful visit in May 2011 where he delivered the Distinguished Ford Lecture, with Prof. Rachel Dwyer. On

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Nehru Centre Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts

Nehru Centre Event: Literalism, Steam Engines and the Vedas: On the Interpretation of Hindu Sacred Texts Nehru Centre EventThursday, 20 October 2011 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm8 South Audley Street London,  W1K 1HF  Dr Rembert Lutjeharms How do we understand and apply the teachings of centuries-old texts today? How do we make their teachings, grounded in a social structure that no longer exists, relevant in

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Friends Event: One-Day Course

Friends Event: One-Day Course Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 15 October 2011 – 9:30am to 5:30pm Cost: £50 including lunch For more information and bookings contact Ramila Chauhan on 07801 241296 or lf@ochs.org.uk Session One: The Origins and History of the Hindu ReligionIn this session we will first look at different views on the origins of the Hindu religion, noting the importance of the Vedas and the significance of

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OCHS alumnus awarded

OCHS alumnus awarded Saturday, 1 October 2011 In January, Exploring the Bhagavad gita: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning a new book by OCHS alumnus, Dr Ithamar Theodor, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011. Every year in their January issue, Choice a magazine representing the 35,000 libraries who are part of the American Academic Libraries Association, publishes a list of Outstanding Academic

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Friends Event: Yoga and Hinduism

Friends Event: Yoga and Hinduism Leicester Friends EventSaturday, 24 September 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pmJalaram Community CentreNarborough RoadLeicester LE3 0LF Today many millions of people in the Western world and in India practice some form of Yoga. It is well known that Yoga originates in India but the relationship with Hindu religious teachings is frequently misunderstood. In this talk Nick Sutton will consider the

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OCHS Conference 2011: The Shakta Traditions

OCHS Conference 2011: The Shakta Traditions Monday, 12 September 2011  We now have a third conference to add to our list of achievements. The Sakta conference which took place on 10–11 September 2011 was highly successful with over fifty participants and twelve specialist scholars. The conference was held in collaboration with the section for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University

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