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Friends Event: Hindu Perspective on Success and Failure

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

A talk by by Anuradha Dooney of the OCHS.

In our world we see success on the X-Factor and on talent shows, we see success in industry, in banking, in sport, and in schools. But how do we measure success? Who has defined success for us? Is it to do with social acceptance? national agreement? moral standards? wealth generation, or fame? In this talk we dip into ancient texts to see if we can find different measures of success and failure to reflect on, to inspire thoughtful discussion, and even to challenge or norms.

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

The Three Faces of Vedanta: Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, and Ramanujacharya

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Vedanta, as one of the six orthodox systems of philosophy in Hinduism, has had a deep effect on Hindu thought for many centuries. It has been subject to a variety of interpretations of the three primary texts: the Brahmasutra, the major Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Although the common factor in all these interpretations is the acceptance of Vedic authority, the perspectives on reality, God, the individual, and the universe are quite diverse. In this talk we explore the lives and thoughts of the great Acharyas of Vedanta.

Sitting at the Guru's feet: Teachers, students and education in the Upanisads

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Dr Rembert Lutjeharms of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The Upanisads are among the most influential Hindu sacred texts. Though often cryptic, they form the foundation of Vedantic discourse, and still influence the religious imagination of countless spiritual seekers, both traditional and modern. Its 'secret' teachings are often presented through the voices of Vedic teachers, and the roles these teachers play is central to these teachings.

Focusing on the stories found in these religious texts, this talk will explore the character of the Upanisadic gurus, the roles they

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 7 June 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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

Despite global recession India edges closer to being one of our wealthiest nations, yet the face of poverty also continues to portray India to the world. In a country of economic and social contradictions it is easy to play one off against the other. But wealth and India are not new bedfellows, either materially or spiritually. In this talk Anuradha Dooney asks if wealth is generated by hard work or by destiny? How can debt be a blessing and not a curse? Who decides what is valuable?

Friends Event: Hindu Attitudes to Wealth

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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

Despite global recession India edges closer to being one of our wealthiest nations, yet the face of poverty also continues to portray India to the world. In a country of economic and social contradictions it is easy to play one off against the other. But wealth and India are not new bedfellows, either materially or spiritually. In this talk Anuradha Dooney asks if wealth is generated by hard work or by destiny? How can debt be a blessing and not a curse? Who decides what is valuable?

Friends Event: Caring for the Planet: A Hindu Response

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Gopal Patel of the OCHS Bhumi Project

In 2009 the OCHS launched the Bhumi Project, an international initiative to encourage Hindus to address environmental concerns, including climate change. Since then the Project has developed partnerships with interested parties in Africa, Europe, the US, and India. Initiatives include the Green Temple programme, which was launched at the White House in 2011, and the Green Pilgrimage Network – an effort to make pilgrim sites across India environmentally friendly.

Friends Event: Is Modern Yoga Really Yoga?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Ramesh Pattni of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Yoga has become a multi-billion dollar commodity with over 30 million people in the US alone practising one form or another of Yoga. Where did all these forms arise from and are they traceable to earlier scriptures? What does Patanjali’s have to say about what has come to be known as the Classical text of Yoga called the Yogasutra? We look at Patanjali’s text in detail and trace some of the developments in Yoga philosophy and practice from ancient times.

OCHS Board Member, Pramod Thakkar, Resigns

Mr. Pramod Thakkar will be retiring from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Board of Governors. Mr. Thakkar has been on the Board since June 2007, during which time he has provided a wealth of expertise and advice to the Centre.

Mr. Thakkar was instrumental in establishing a relationship between the OCHS and the Jalaram Mandir of Leicester. From sponsorship of OCHS programmes at the temple, and educational activities held on temple premises, the partnership naturally contributed to the development of a Friends of the OCHS organisation in Leicester.

Hinduism and Modernity

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

In modern, secular society Hinduism is sometimes regarded as backward looking and the source of conflict and communalism. On this view, as scientific knowledge and technology develop, Hinduism will fade into the past and people will leave behind a superstitious phase of their development. Yet in spite of this assumption Hindu culture continues to exert force in the contemporary world.

Friends Event: Hinduism and Modernity

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

In modern, secular society Hinduism is sometimes regarded as backward looking and the source of conflict and communalism. On this view, as scientific knowledge and technology develop, Hinduism will fade into the past and people will leave behind a superstitious phase of their development. Yet in spite of this assumption Hindu culture continues to exert force in the contemporary world.

Leicester Holi Yatra 2014

Leicester Friends Event
Sunday, 16 March 2014 (All day)

The word yatra usually refers to treks to holy cities – in India. In Leicester, however, the Friends of the OCHS take a different approach to this ancient religious practice.

On Sunday 16 March, the Friends will conduct their annual Holi Yatra. On the auspicious day of Holi, this sponsored walk will start at 8:30 am (registration starts at 8:00), taking participants on a 13 mile walk to visit the following 12 temples:

  • Jalaram Mandir (starting point)
  • Jain Centre
  • Hare Krishna temple
  • Shri Shirdi Sai Baba temple
  • Geeta Bhavan
  • Radhe Krishna Mandir
  • Hindu Mandir
  • Sanatan Mandir
  • Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)