ISKCON Communications Journal Returns to Cover Important Issues After 15-Year Hiatus
Prestigious Publisher Set to Release New Scholarly Volume on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
In mid-March, the ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ) is set to publish its first issue after a fifteen-year hiatus, under the guidance of Mahaprabhu Dasa, Director of ISKCON Communications Europe.
"The Hare Krishna Movement - Forty Years of Chant and Change"
“The Life and Teachings of Sri Chaitanya: The Golden Avatara of Divine Love,” by Satyaraja Das, is out this October. It will be published by Lexington Books, a prestigious worldwide academic publisher, which will position it to reach tens of thousands that might otherwise not read a book about Lord Chaitanya.
This groundbreaking academic book focuses for the first time on what is currently taking place inside the Hare Krishna Movement, and examines the changes and developments that have shaped it over the past forty years.
Oxford Centre For Hindu Studies Celebrates Lucky Thirteenth Birthday
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) celebrates thirteen years of growth from humble beginnings in a suburban house to one of the world's leading Hindu Studies centres building bridges between academia, tradition, business, and government.
Book Release: To Kill Cow Means To End Human Civilization
Minister of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri D. Sridhar Babu launched the book "To Kill Cow Means To End Human Civilization", written by Dr Sahadeva Dasa, in Secunderabad, India today.
On the occasion, 4 vice-chancellors of Andhra Pradesh universities were present. Minister spoke on the need for more information and awareness on cow science of ancient India and congratulated Dr Dasa for his work in this field. State and national media covered the event.
ISKCON Studies Journal Publishes its First Volume
This September, Volume One of ISKCON Studies Journal was released by ISI, an academic institute dedicated to developing the field of ISKCON studies through research, publishing and discussion.
“Volume One is full of excellent articles by some of the best scholars in the field of ISKCON Studies,” says ISI member Lal Krishna Dasa. “Including Harvard’s Francis Clooney, William and Mary College’s Ravi Gupta, ISKCON Resolve’s Braja Bihari Dasa, and Bhaktivedanta College Principal Yadunandana Swami.”
Doctors of Happiness
Self-righteousness is easy. Self-examination is a lot harder. Understanding the difference between the two makes a tremendous change in one’s ability to communicate his or her message to another person.
The latest findings of Dr. Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor both funny and smart, derived from assiduous research into (human) happiness, have revealed to him an important truth that will already be familiar to students of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.
French 'Spiritualist' Awarded Prestigious Templeton Prize
PARIS (Reuters) - French physicist and philosopher Bernard d'Espagnat has won the 2009 Templeton Prize, billed as the world's largest annual award to an individual, for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life.
The Templeton Foundation announced the $1.42 million prize at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on Monday.
Professor Burke Rochford Gives Course at Radhadesh
E. Burke Rochford Jr., a professor of sociology at Middlebury College, has studied the Hare Krishna movement for over thirty years, and as a well-wisher and friend of the movement, has written numerous articles addressing its development. In January of this year, he came to Bhaktivedanta College to give a course on ISKCON and Society, and has been an inspiration for the many students who attended.
ISKCON Studies Institute to Hold July Conference In Italy
Princeton University Panel Explores Hindu-Christian Violence
The ISKCON Studies Institute will hold its second conference at Villa Vrindavana, near Florence, Italy, from 3–6 July. The theme of this year's conference is "The Guru: Person, Position, Possibilities."
Princeton, NJ – A lively panel of experts on religious freedom convened at the prestigious Princeton University on November 10 to explore the roots and ramifications of Hindu-Christian violence in India.
Radhika Ramana Dasa: Leaping Across Oceans
Not Newton, but Madhava!
At just twenty-six, Radhika Ramana Dasa has achieved goals that some might consider over-ambitious for a lifetime. He has a PhD from Oxford, a published book with two more on the way, a teaching post at one of the most prestigious universities in the US... and yes, he’s met the pope. No, seriously.
Primitive Polytheism or Misunderstood Monotheism?
Prof K Ramasubramanian of IIT-Bombay has some interesting news. His recently released two-volume translation of the Ganita-Yukti-Bhasa by Jyesthdeva points to the fact that some subsets of calculus existed in Indian manuscripts almost two centuries before Isaac Newton published his work. And that an Indian mathematician and astronomer Nilakantha Somayaji spoke, in parts, about a planetary model, credited to Tycho Brahe almost a century later.
In today's culture war pitting secularism versus religion, Eastern religions usually get a free pass from atheist authors and other foes of faith. But that doesn't mean that Hindus can afford to rest on their laurels. Several new books from Hindu experts and advocates seek to dispel misconceptions, including negative ones, about the ancient Indian tradition.
Hare Krishna in a Chinese Classroom, by Oxford Don
HONG KONG: By day, Kenneth Valpey dons his academic robes to elevate his students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to a higher orbit of understanding about Indian religions and cultures.
But come evening, he assumes another avatar. He slips into something a little more comfortable — like a pristine white dhoti-kurta and a wrap-around angavastram — and sermonizes on the Bhagavad Gita to the devotees of Krishna in Hong Kong.