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Friends Event: Emotions in Hinduism: The Bhakti Traditions

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 emotions are often seen negatively since they can paralyse us and make us lose self-control. This is why detachment from worldly emotions and disciplining the mind are so important in the religious traditions of South Asia. However, emotions are so fundamental to our being that it seems impossible to do away with them completely. However, the Bhakti traditions within Hinduism, that emphasise devotion to God, teach that emotions can be transformed and used for spiritual elevation by directing emotions towards God rather than towards matter.

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

Friends Event: Is Hinduism a religion?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 discussion on what religion is and what constitues a religion and try to understand how useful the very term 'religion' is in representing the life of most people of South Asian origin. Is Hinduism a religion as we understand the term or is it a diverse collection of traditions that reveal alternative ways of life?

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

Friends Event: The Idea of Faith in Hindu thought

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Shree Laxminarayan Mandir
541a Warwick Road
Tyseley
Birmingham 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 beyond that ground. But the Hindu ideas of faith don't distinguish between faith and reason, as is common in contemporary discourse, and don't often link faith and belief. To explore the concept of faith in Hindu traditions, some of which are theistic, some atheistic, and some non-theistic, we will refer, among other things, to a paradigm of the development of faith in the Bhagavat, Hindu cultures most influential text.

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

Friends Event: The idea of Faith in Hindu thought

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 April 2015 - 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

Faith is an English word with baggage. In Sanskrit there are many words that cover the ground used by the word faith, and extend beyond that ground. But the Hindu ideas of faith don't distinguish between faith and reason, as is common in contemporary discourse, and don't often link faith and belief. To explore the concept of faith in Hindu traditions, some of which are theistic, some atheistic, and some non-theistic, we will refer, among other things, to a paradigm of the development of faith in the Bhagavat, Hindu cultures most influential text.

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

Tirath Yatra: Leicester Temple Pilgrimage

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 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 at the Jalaram Mandir on Narbarough Road

What better way to celebrate Ram Navmi then by visiting the beautiful temples of Leicester and raising money for the OCHS.

Join us on our sponsored walk that will take you to all the Temples in Leicester, marvel at the deities and the structure of the Temples themselves, understand the diversity within Hinduism.

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 at the Jalaram Mandir on Narbrough Road.

8.00am registration, walk starts at 8.30am, Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

No age limit, we walk at steady pace so that it is enjoyable and manageable for all.

For more information & Registration details please email to leicesterfriends@ochs.org.uk or call 0116 268 0306 or 07845 286057 All the money raised goes to support the work of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The OCHS is making a great contribution to Hindu education in the UK, offering scholarly courses in cities and online, publications based on excellent research, help and advice to students, scholars and various national bodies. It is perhaps Hinduism’s most important national educational resource for those hoping to gain a broader understanding of the faith.

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

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

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 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

It is well known that the Gandhi took the Bhagavad Gita as his major religious resource and constantly reflected on its message for inspiration and energy. Indeed his autobiography suggests the influence of the text in its very title: The Story of my Experiments with Truth. To what extent did the Gita form the basis of his personal and political life? What were the precepts of the Gita which influenced his decisions and direction? How was his public life shaped by one of the central ideas in the Gita: Selfless action and what about his inner struggles in attempting to live a life of discipline? We will explore some of these questions in the talk.

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

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 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 and constantly reflected on its message for inspiration and energy. Indeed his autobiography suggests the influence of the text in its very title: The Story of my Experiments with Truth. To what extent did the Gita form the basis of his personal and political life? What were the precepts of the Gita which influenced his decisions and direction? How was his public life shaped by one of the central ideas in the Gita: Selfless action and what about his inner struggles in attempting to live a life of discipline? We will explore some of these questions in the talk.

Organiser: 
Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham

Friends Event: Stepping Stones for Change

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 February 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.

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 relationships, but it is not always easy to know how to make resolutions a reality. This talk draws inspiration from Hindu sacred texts, teachers​,​ and teachings to shape our resolve and bring about change for good.

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

Friends Event: How New is Modern Yoga?

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

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre 

Rothley Street
Leicester 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. This has led to claims that most of the postures we see today are the invention of twentieth-century Indian gurus. This talk will provide a general history of yogic postures and assess the antiquity of modern postures in light of three late mediaeval manuscripts which contain new information.

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

Friends Event: Detachment in the Gita

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 October 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

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 wears out eventually, and then we suffer. The Gita speaks about the nature of our attachments, why we want loads of stuff, why the grass on the other side looks greener, and why we are often not satisfied with what we have. In this talk we will discuss what the Gita proposes one to do when being attracted to material things seems so inevitable and being attached to spiritual things seems so distant; and how these proposals challenge our notions of religion, politics, family, and identity.

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

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