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Friends event: Speaking of Bhakti

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 December 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
 
​We take a look at ideas of love and devotion to ​God, Gods, and Goddesses using the lens of traditional Indian poetry and scripture.

ZUG 'Faith in Finance' Conference

Our OCHS Director, Shaunaka Rishi Das, recently attended a unique three-day meeting, accompanied by Gopal Patel, the Director of The Bhumi Project and our intern for this term, Miss Vishakha Sharma, a student at Aarhus University in Denmark.  This gathering of faith leaders and fund management experts from around the world, took place from 30th October to the 1st of November at Zug, Switzerland.
 
The OCHS had a major role to play in planning the meeting.

Friends event: Reading the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 November 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Tom Wilson of the St Philip’s Centre and Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 

Devotional reading is an important part of how many Hindus and Christians live out their faith on a day-to-day basis. But what can we learn from reading each other’s sacred texts? In this interactive and engaging session, Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and Tom Wilson from the St Philip’s Centre will read texts from the Bhagavad Gita and the New Testament together, and discuss what they’re learning.

Introduction to Sanskrit: London 28 October

Saturday 28 October

The Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl London, SW7 2RS

This day school is intended to give students a taste of Sanskrit – “the language of the Gods”.

We will look at Sanskrit’s role in Indian history, science, religion, and culture. We will take an introductory look at its grammar and we will explore the reasons for its enduring allure.

We then move on to the value of Sanskrit and the concepts it defines to students of Hinduism with a survey of the alphabet. We will practice some sounds and Vedic chants.

More information and enrolments are available at 

The Bhāgavata Purāṇa Conference

The Bhāgavata Purāṇa conference was held in January 2017 in Chennai, India.  Kenneth Valpey and Ravi Gupta were instrumental in organising this three-day event, which was hosted by University of Madras (courtesy of Prof. M. Mishra, a former Shivdasani Fellow of the Centre) and the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation (courtesy of Dr. Nanditha Krishna).

Some twenty-five scholars gave presentations, including scholars from India and USA, as well as one scholar each from Australia and Japan.

Friends event: Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha - the idea of the Guru in Hinduism

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 18 November 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Tushar Shah of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Hinduism pays great reverence to gurus as spiritual instructors, guardians, role-models, counsellors, mediators, and even embodiments of the divine. In this talk, we will explore how the notion of the guru has developed throughout history. Then, by looking at various case studies, we will discuss what role modern gurus play today in the development of Hinduism as well in people’s lives.

Friends event: Exploring Diwali

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 October 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das and Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

As we prepare for the celebration of Diwali, sending messages, planning meals, buying jewellery, hoping for jewellery - and all the arrangements that have to be made for friends and family - it will be equally good to prepare our thoughts. What is Diwali about? What are the stories of Diwali, from Gujarat, to Chennai? And why is it such a popular festival, even among non-Hindus? This evening we will prepare our minds for Diwali. Bring your story and bring a friend.

Oxford Summer School 23–25 June

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This year the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies will be running its third Oxford Summer School.

The 2017 Summer School will run from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June at Nuffield College and the OCHS.

This year's theme is 'Hinduism and Relationships' and speakers include: Prof. Julius Lipner, Prof. Werner Menski, Dr Jessica Frazier, Shaunaka Rishi Das, Anuradha Dooney, and Dr Rembert Lutjeharms.

Topics: 
The self’s relationship with the self: Using yoga to shape up the mind
Dr Jessica Frazier
For many, yoga is a way to shape up the body or to purify the mind – but the

Friends event: Framing Relationships in Hinduism: Kiterunning, Ferocious Dance and What Else?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 June 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Prof. Emeritus Werner Menski and Mrs. Nilima Devi MBE

In this combined presentation, we delve into the kite structure of dharma, and the constant need to balance competing expectations, connected to the individual, groups, the nation, and the cosmos as a whole. This talk will be richly illustrated with images and video from dance and literature showing how Hindu culture has framed and expressed the immensely rich theme of relationships.

Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras?

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 20 May 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

What are mantras? Who are they for? How and why are they used? Do they work? and why should we care? This talk draws on Hindu sacred text and practice to explore the ancient art of harnessing the mind

Friends event: What’s the point of Mantras?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 6 May 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

What are mantras? Who are they for? How and why are they used? Do they work? and why should we care? This talk draws on Hindu sacred text and practice to explore the ancient art of harnessing the mind

London Day School on 25 March

The OCHS Continuing Education Department is offering a day-school, Three Short Upanishads, in London on 25 March. Tutored by Dr Jessica Frazier, Dr Rembert Lutjeharms, and Anuradha Dooney, it aims to to be intensive yet accessible.

This day school is a study of three of the shortest of the major Upanishads: the Kena, the Ishavasya and the Mandukya. Despite the brevity of these works, they are fundamental to the doctrines of Hindu Dharma and are foundational works for Hindu religious teachings. 

Because these Upanishads are so short we can undertake a close study in a relatively short time,