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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

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

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