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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 

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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,

Call for Applications: Academic Director and Dean of Studies

Applications are invited for the role of Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. 

The position of Academic Director is one of leadership, coordination, communication, development, and nurture.  

Salary:    £67,000 to £74,000
Hours:    Full Time
Contract Type:    Permanent 
Applications Close:    7th May 2017

Applications are invited for the role of Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. 

The Academic Director will oversee research programmes at the Centre, as well as engaging in their own research, teaching, and publication.

Friends event: Grace in Vaishnavism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 April 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Grace in Vaishnavism
A talk by Dr Brainerd Prince of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Does God give grace freely without any qualification? Or are good living and good works needed to receive God’s grace? The Vaishnava understanding of grace that focuses on the role of guru may give some clues. For Vaishnavas, while the grace of God is freely given through the guru, the disciple still has an important role to play in receiving the grace. This is an example of how Hindu thought can contribute to a debate that also exists in Christian theology and offer insights to find a way forward.

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Leicester Friends Event
Saturday, 1 July 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

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

Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or tiger. Other deities like the elephant-headed Ganesha and the half- man, half-lion Narasimha combine both animal and human form in one. Yet what do Hindu traditions teach of our relationship with animals? Is vegetarianism the ideal? What of hunters and animal sacrifice? Are cows really sacred and do hogs and dogs really rank lowest in the scheme of things?

Friends event: Animals and Hinduism

Birmingham Friends Event
Saturday, 22 July 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

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

Images of divinity in Hindu traditions are replete with animal association. A snake adorns Shiva’s neck; a gigantic bird carries Vishnu while Durga is depicted atop a lion or tiger. Other deities like the elephant-headed Ganesha and the half- man, half-lion Narasimha combine both animal and human form in one. Yet what do Hindu traditions teach of our relationship with animals? Is vegetarianism the ideal? What of hunters and animal sacrifice? Are cows really sacred and do hogs and dogs really rank lowest in the scheme of things?