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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.

Friends of the OCHS - Leicester

Friends Event: Yoga Solutions to Stress and Suffering

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Shree Hindu Community Centre
541a Warwick Road
Birmingham B11 2JP

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.

Friends of the OCHS - Birmingham