Posted May 20, 2004
ISKCON CONVENTION SEMINARS, 2004
Radhadesh 29 June - 3 July
The ISKCON Convention Europe seminars in Radhadesh will be taking place from Tuesday 29th June to Saturday 3rd July. There will be a Ratha-yatra in Paris on Sunday 4th July. A bus will be organised to take devotees from Radhadesh to Paris.
The ISKCON Convention was started in 1991 in order to provide a forum for devotees to get together for spiritual association and to discuss topics of interest to ISKCON in an open and thoughtful way. Originally the Convention came out of cooperation between ISKCON Communications Europe and the VIHE (Vaishnava Institute for Higher Education).
The Convention takes place each year in Radhadesh, the Hare Krishna temple in the Belgian Ardennes. This is a good place for the seminars because of the nice facilities for delegates as well as the pleasant and peaceful surroundings.
This year the Convention is looking to again reaffirm its commitment to the ideal of candid discussion and is organising a series of lectures from eminent scholars and devotees about important issues of the day with discussion afterwards.
Shaunaka Rishi Das, Braja Bihari Das and Hrdaya Caitanya Das
For registration for the seminars please contact:
Tel/fax: +32 (0)86 38-71-31
Please register by 10th June
The poster is on the internet at: http://www.radhadesh.com/index.php?id=61
- Sacinandana Swami: Six powerful steps to full Krishna consciousness - an
This seminar will be based on the six processes of Saranagati. It includes bhajans by Bhaktivinoda Thakura and enlightening examples from the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It offers practical tools for improving our performance in devotional service.
- Bhakti Vijnana Swami: Anavrtti sabdat - liberation by sound
What are the different Vedic schools in regards to sound? Learn about the different levels of sound, the anarthas created by impure chanting and the good qualities that pure chanting produces in the heart.
- Parividha Das: Drama for devotees
Learn the ABCs of acting or, if you are already acting, improve your skills. In this seminar Parividha prabhu will teach about voice technique, movements, and improvisations with and without text.
- Urmila Devi Dasi: Appreciating Srila Prabhupada
In this seminar students will explore the history of ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada as Founder-acarya, Srila Prabhupada as a preacher and his life, how to promote knowledge of Prabhupada's life to people in general, and discuss which specific aspects of Srila Prabhupada's example are helpful in our own lives.
- Ajamila Das: Vastu Sastra
If you are transcendental to the influences of the three modes of material nature, then you do not need Vastu. However, if the modes still condition you to some degree and you want to facilitate spiritual and material development, then Vastu may be favorable for you.
In this dynamic presentation you'll learn how Vastu influences personal environments on the four levels: physical, energetic, karmic, and spiritual.
- Dr Liladhar Gupta: Ayurveda basics
Dr Gupta presents an overview of the principles of Ayurveda in his own enlivening and devotional style. This seminar is a must for anyone who would like to include simple principles from this ancient practice of healthcare in their everyday lives.
- Radhika Raman Das: Jiva Goswami and Vedanta philosophy
Srila Jiva Gosvami was the most prolific of the six Gosvamis of Vrndavana. Through his six Sandarbhas, he established Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement on a firm philosophical foundation. This course will begin with an overview of Srila Jiva Gosvami's life and accomplishments, focusing on his commentary on the first four aphorisms of the Vedanta-sutra. We will take a close look at the philosophical techniques and arguments he uses there, with the purpose of deepening our own understanding of Krsna consciousness.
- Atmananda Das: Atma Yoga - using Vaisnava hatha-yoga to expand Srila
The course will include a documentary of the Atma Yoga project. The theory and practice of the program, how it is proceeding, how to develop yoga communities, how to balance direct and indirect preaching methods, how to uphold and fulfil Prabhupada's constitution, and a review of Prabhupada's instruction for various types of preaching.
- Lecture Series
Prof. Keith Ward - "Devotees and scholars: friends or enemies?"
Lecture 1: An historical perspective
Lecture 2: A personal journey
Radhika Raman Das (Dr Ravi Gupta) will respond to Prof. Keith Ward
Urmila Dasi - Culture: What is it? How does it shape one's values and behavior? Exploring three ways that culture is universally transmitted.
Braja Bihari Das - "Pizza or pakoras? Reconciling conservative and liberal viewpoints in ISKCON"
Shaunaka Rishi Das - "ISKCON identities - preachers, teachers but definitely not Hindus?"
(Prof. Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University)
When you attend the seminars the price is:
125 Euros for dormitory with common bathroom (regular temple facilities)
165 Euros rooms for 4-5 persons with attached bathroom (guesthouse facility)