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Nehru Centre talk: Does that mean I am God?: Understanding Vedanta?

Nehru Centre Event
Monday, 19 November 2012 - 6:30pm

A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Vedanta is today the predominant form of Hindu religious philosophy and has been so for many centuries.  But what does Vedanta actually teach? And how accurately do the writings of Shankaracharya reflect the ideas of the Upanishads on which Vedanta is supposed to be based.  In this talk we explore these and other questions with particular emphasis on the Vedantic notion of inner divinity and what that implies for human life.

Friends Event: Women in Hinduism

Thursday, 1 November 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
A talk by Anuradha Dooney of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.
The roles of women in Hindu traditions are changing as they are throughout the rest of the world. What can stories of Sita and Draupadi, of Savitri or Sulabha contribute to the contemporary challenges of chapati rolling ( or not!) child-care and career-making. This talk sketches a broad overview of varying female voices from selected Hindu sacred texts and explores their relevance to Hindu women today.

New book - Modern Hindu Personalism

Sardella Book

OCHS fellow, Ferdinando Sardella, has published a new book, Modern Hindu Personalism, in which he explores the life and works of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati (1874-1937), a Vaishnava guru of the Chaitanya school of Bengal. Ferdinando Sardella examines Bhaktisiddhanta's background, motivation and thought, especially as it relates to his creation of a modern traditionalist institution for the successful revival of Chaitanya Vaishnava bhakti.

Friends Event: Does Hinduism Exist?

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 27 October 2012 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Contrary to common assumptions that the existence of a religion called “Hinduism” is beyond question, on-going debates in the world of scholarship reveal that the issue is far from settled. This talk will survey some of the arguments for and against the coherence and usefulness of the term “Hinduism”.

Bhumi in India

Our Project Manager, Gopal Patel, is currently in India for the next few months. Whilst there he will be working on a number of India-based initiatives for Bhumi.
 
The first is to develop an India-based Hindu chapter of the Green Pilgrimage Network which was launched by ARC last year in Assisi, Italy <http://arcworld.org/news.asp?pageID=493>. He will be helping organise two conferences that will bring together civic and religious leaders from pilgrim towns across the country. The first will take place in Hyderabad in mid-October, during the Convention on Bio-diversity <

OCHS Cricket Day 2012

The last weekend of the cricket season saw the first OCHS Cricket Day, with gorgeous weather conditions and two excellent teams set for a great day. 

The format of the game was two innings; one of twenty overs and the second of sixteen. The teams were London vs Rest of the world and the game was played at the beautiful Luton Town and Indians cricket ground.

London batted first, slightly over confident they crumbled to 26/4 within the first 6 overs.

New book series

The OCHS is proud to announce a new academic book series “Archaeology and Religion”, published in partnership with Routledge India. The new series examines inscriptions, ritual objects, coins, and sculptural and narrative representations on shrines to help investigate the complex relationship between manifestations of religion and the archaeological record.

Through the study of the archaeological record, we can appreciate the diverse uses of sacred sites and how religious communities and practices have changed and evolved over time.

Nehru Centre talk: India: A Secular State?

Nehru Centre Event
Thursday, 18 October 2012 - 6:30pm

A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The constitution of India is clearly that of a modern secular society that excludes any single religion from exerting significant political influence.  Yet India is still far from being a country without religion.  In this talk we will consider the limits of secularism and exactly what distinctions exist between secular and religious societies.

Friends Golf Day, 26 October

The Friends of OCHS brings you another chance to take part in a fantastic day of golf at Kilworth Springs Golf Club, the premier golfing venue overlooking the beautiful Avon Valley in South Leicestershire.

This follows the enormous success of last year’s event, when fifty golfing enthusiasts from all over England battled it out for The Friends Cup and The Friends Sheild.

The event, on Friday 26 October, aims to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

For more information about the event please email us at lf@ochs.org.uk.

Friends Event: Why we are Hindus

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 6 October 2012 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

A talk by Dr Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies.

In this talk we will consider specific reasons one might have for displaying a commitment to the Hindu religious tradition and the motivations for seeking to ensure the preservation and wider understanding of the ideals of Hinduism.  Most of those who adhere to the Hindu tradition and consider themselves Hindus were born into the religion but in this talk we will discuss whether this is enough and consider reasons why a person should seek to play an active role in the propagation of Hindu values. 

New intern for the OCHS

This month OCHS welcomed Raam Chauhan as an intern at the Centre for two weeks. His family are well known to the OCHS as his parents, Raj and Ramila Chauhan, are key members of the Leicester Friends group and strong supporters of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Raam is currently in his fourth year, studying Chemistry at Oxford University and donated some of his time to the Centre before starting his term in September.

Raam mainly worked alongside Judit Bajusz, the Centre’s Administrative Secretary and helped organise filing of the Centre’s historical records.

Hindus in Africa launch plans for environmental change

Hindus in Africa have launched a long-term plan to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns in the continent.

Their nine-year plan was launched at an event in Nairobi, Kenya, along with similar plans from other faith groups in Africa. The plan is part of The Bhumi Project, an international initiative that works with Hindus to address environmental concerns. The event was hosted by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

Over the next nine years the Hindu community plans to green religious and cultural centres, promote green economy, develop educational resources