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Friends Event: How can Hindus Engage with Other Religious Traditions?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 April 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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. But Hindu communities have always lived with diversity. So, how can contemporary Hindus engage with other religious traditions even as they strive to hold their own in our multicultural societies.

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

Friends Event: Hindu Approaches to Childhood

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 19 March 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

​Meeting House of the Society of Friends
1 Hamlet Road Hall Green
Birmingham 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 as the centre of a child's social structure? How can Hindu approaches to children and particularly their relationship to parents offer a corrective to other modern notions – is there a Hindu contribution to the current debate on child rights?

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

Friends Event: The Great Goddess in Hinduism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 various forms—from the concept of prakṛti in Sāṃkhya philosophy to rural village goddesses—but the Goddess is also proclaimed as the highest reality in the monistic Śākta traditions. This talk will examine ways in which the divine feminine has been viewed in Hindu traditions.

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

Friends Event: Living with Diversity Today

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 Britain. How could people with such different cultural, religious, and culinary habits ever be truly British? Can British people really support Indian cricket? Three generations later and we ask similar questions of Eastern Europeans, Russians, and Somalians. How deep is our multiculturalism? Where does diversity start? What are the barriers? To help us focus on these issues, drawing from experience, and from Hindu and Christian literature,

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

Friends Event: Humility in the Gita

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

​Meeting House of the Society of Friends
1 Hamlet Road Hall Green
Birmingham 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 misery for most of the participants. Its a strange text therefore in which to find humility emerging as one of its important principles. In fact humility is the basis on which Arjuna, one of the most valiant of the warriors present, finally decides to participate. In a modern context where Hindus complain that they can be too humble, too compliant, and seen as weak - and urge more assertive and agressive action - we examine the Gita asking why humility, and what does humility mean in the context of the Gita.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

FOCHS Event: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hindus

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 and noble goals, yet behaviour often falls short of the plan. This talk does not promise to 'Change Your Life' or 'Make you Happy', but it does offer insights from characters in Hindu sacred texts who seem to get it together in difficult circumstance. How might a particular characteristic of Prahlad, Pariksit, Narada, Queen Kunti, and Valmiki, amongst others, help us today? This personal selection of 'habits' is certainly no definitive list, but aims to provoke reflection, and further discussion for drawing up your own list.

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

Friends Event: Rama's Diwali

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 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

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 does Rama’s Diwali tell us about community and duty, morality and social responsibility? In this talk we look at the story and then go deeper to consider what insights Diwali can bring to the contemporary world.

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

Friends Event: A Hindu Vision of Childhood and Parenting

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 October 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 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 as the centre of a child's social structure? How can Hindu approaches to children and particularly their relationship to parents offer a corrective to other modern notions – is there a Hindu contribution to the current debate on child rights?

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

Friends Event: Conversion in Hindu Culture

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Rothley 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 in India has resulted in death and the destruction of sacred places. Some Hindus stand firmly by the assertion that there is no conversion in Hindu tradition. Some say you become a Hindu only by birth, and others maintain that the impure should not even be allowed into temples. In this talk we explore Hindu ways of thinking about conversion, change, and transformation, and try to explain different approaches to these ideas, and how they may apply in a modern context.

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

Friends Event: Yoga Solutions to Stress and Suffering

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 anxiety and pain? How and from where do these arise? Are there solutions to suffering that can be long-lasting? These are some of the questions that Patañjali addresses in his compilation on Yoga in which he gives techniques by which stress and suffering can be alleviated and even eliminated.

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

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