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Friends Event: Emotions in Hinduism: The Bhakti Traditions

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 6 June 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

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.

Friends Event: Is Hinduism a religion?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 May 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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?

Friends Event: The Idea of Faith in Hindu thought

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

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.

Workshop on Bengali Vaishnavism

www.ochs.org.uk/research/bengali-vaishnavism-modern-period-workshop

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies will be hosting an international workshop on the theme ‘Bengali Vaishnavism in the Modern Period’ at Worcester College, Oxford, on 28–29 March, 2015. The workshop aims to bring together leading scholars and early-career researchers working on Bengali Vaishnavism across the disciplines to explore the tradition during the pivotal ‘modern’ phase of its development (roughly, mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth century).

The workshop will also officially launch the OCHS research project ‘Bengal

Friends Event: The idea of Faith in Hindu thought

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 April 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

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

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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?

Tirath Yatra: Leicester Temple Pilgrimage

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 28 March 2015 (All day)

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,

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

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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?

Friends Event: Stepping Stones for Change

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

Friends Event: How New is Modern Yoga?

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

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.

Friends Event: Detachment in the Gita

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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.

Aarhus-OCHS Student Exchange Programme

by Silje Lyngar Einarsen, PhD student, Aarhus University

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by and between the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) and the Department for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University, Sanskrit students from Aarhus at BA, MA and PhD level have the opportunity to spend a semester in Oxford as visiting students at the centre. The purpose of this short article is to give the reader and interested Sanskrit student an impression of  how this programme works at present.