FOCHS upcoming events
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.
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.