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Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 April 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

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 forms arise from and are they traceable to earlier scriptures? What does Patanjali’s have to say about what has come to be known as the Classical text of Yoga called the Yogasutra? We look at Patanjali’s text in detail and trace some of the developments in Yoga philosophy and practice from ancient times.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester

Leicester Holi Yatra 2014

Leicester Friends Event
Sunday, 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, however, the Friends of the OCHS take a different approach to this ancient religious practice.

On Sunday 16 March, the Friends will conduct their annual Holi Yatra. On the auspicious day of Holi, this sponsored walk will start at 8:30 am (registration starts at 8:00), taking participants on a 13 mile walk to visit the following 12 temples:

  • 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)

Afterwards, walkers can take part in the Holi celebrations in Cossington Park.

The walk is open to those of any age, and will proceed at a comfortable pace for all. However, if you are unable to walk for whatever reason, please feel free to sponsor others and contribute to the cause. For more information and to register for the event, please contact the Friends of the OCHS in Leicester at lf@ochs.org.uk, or 07801 241296.

All funds raised go to the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk
07801 241296

Hinduism and Modernity

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 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, Hinduism will fade into the past and people will leave behind a superstitious phase of their development. Yet in spite of this assumption Hindu culture continues to exert force in the contemporary world. In this talk we will explore issues of Hinduism and modernity, including issues of freedom, fundamentalism, democracy, individualism, science, and secularism.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Friends Event: Hinduism and Modernity

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 will fade into the past and people will leave behind a superstitious phase of their development. Yet in spite of this assumption Hindu culture continues to exert force in the contemporary world. In this talk we will explore issues of Hinduism and modernity, including issues of freedom, fundamentalism, democracy, individualism, science, and secularism.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Balaji Temple
Dudley Road
East Tividale
West 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 then the Project has developed partnerships with interested parties in Africa, Europe and India. Initiatives include the Green Temple programme, which was launched at the White House in 2011, and the Green Pilgrimage Network - an effort to make pilgrim sites across India environmentally friendly. Gopal Patel, who heads the Project for the OCHS, will talk about his experiences surrounding the challenges and opportunities in making Hinduism relevant for one of the most pressing concerns of our times.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham
bf@ochs.org.uk

Ayurveda and the Hindu Philosophical Systems

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 how do they relate to the philosophical systems of thought in Hinduism? We look at Ayurveda and consider its place in these systems of thought.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Balaji Temple
Dudley Road
East Tividale
West 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 back to the Vedas and Upanishads, which regards Shiva as the one Supreme Deity standing above all others, including even Vishnu and Krishna.  Over the centuries Shaivism has taken on a number of different forms and in this talk Nick Sutton will consider the nature of the Shaiva tradition, past and present, and the significance of Shiva for Hinduism today.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham
bf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: Mythology and Meaning in Hinduism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 30 November 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

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 and teachers view these accounts and do they have any relevance today? This talk draws from the Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharata, and Ramayana to weave together a discussion on the meaning of myth in Hindu tradition.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Nehru Centre talk: Am I a Hindu? Questions Young People Ask

Nehru Centre Event
Friday, 8 November 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Nehru Centre
8 South Audley Street
London, 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 up in Britain.  The inspiration for this talk comes from actual encounters with young British Hindus who have raised the question of what it actually means to be a Hindu and how the religion and its adherents can be defined.  As the conclusion to this discussion we will also consider the position of Hinduism as a world religion and how it differs from other faiths in several significant ways.

Organiser: 
Nehru Centre - London

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 2 November 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Balaji Temple
Dudley Road
East Tividale
West 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 still influence the religious imagination of countless spiritual seekers, both traditional and modern. Its 'secret' teachings are often presented through the voices of Vedic teachers, and the roles these teachers play is central to these teachings.

Focusing on the stories found in these religious texts, this talk will explore the character of the Upanisadic gurus, the roles they played, the way they taught, and their relationship with their disciples, and thereby reflect on the vale and ways of education in the modern world.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

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