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

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

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

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Shree Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Sparkbrook
Birmingham, 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 been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

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

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 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 - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 a country of economic and social contradictions it is easy to play one off against the other. But wealth and India are not new bedfellows, either materially or spiritually. In this talk Anuradha Dooney asks if wealth is generated by hard work or by destiny? How can debt be a blessing and not a curse? Who decides what is valuable? and which corporation is the best to worship?

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

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Shree Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Sparkbrook
Birmingham, 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 country of economic and social contradictions it is easy to play one off against the other. But wealth and India are not new bedfellows, either materially or spiritually. In this talk Anuradha Dooney asks if wealth is generated by hard work or by destiny? How can debt be a blessing and not a curse? Who decides what is valuable? and which corporation is the best to worship?

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Friends Event: Caring for the Planet: A Hindu Response

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 partnerships with interested parties in Africa, Europe, the US, 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 - Leicester
lf@ochs.org.uk

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

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