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Introductory Course for Women

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Spiritualised Living

This is a three month residential course, starting on 11th January 2016 ending on 31st March 2016.

Learn Simple Living, High Thinking
Experience devotional lifestyle at Bhaktivedanta Manor amongst devotees and likeminded students. Learn to built up a regular sadhana (devotional practise) by attending the daily morning and evening program in the temple room.

We offer a variety of service engagements as, temple cleaning, assisting in the kitchen, food distribution, farming, milking cows, outdoor congregational chanting, book distribution and home programs etc.

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week in the afternoon.

The syllabus
The course covers the studies of: Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy and Vaishnava Culture.

To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded with a certificate.

A) Devotional Practice Covers:

1: Devotional Service
2: Daily Schedule & Appearance
3: Four Principles
4: Hearing and Chanting: Tips and Pitfalls
5: Deity Worship: Tulasi Worship
6: Holy Days and Festivals
7: Preaching, Paramapara and ISKCON
8: Cleanliness and Etiquette

B) Theology & Philosophy covers:

1: The Existence of God
2: The Search for the Absolute Truth / 3 pramanas / 4 defects
3: “You Are Not the Material Body”
4: Faith
5: The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth
6: Krishna: The Supreme Absolute Truth / The Five Primary Rasas
7: The Three Energies of the Lord
8: The Creation / Universal Time
9: Perceiving Krishna in His Creation
10: The Three Modes of Material Nature / the Law of Karma / Re-incarnation
11: Death & Liberation

C) Vaisnava Culture Covers:

1: ISKCON’s Cultural Identity
2: The Vedas
3: The Four Varnas
4: The Four Ashrams
5: Respect: The Basis of Civilisation
6: Ethics and Morality
7: Relating to Devotees with Due Respect
8: Relating to seniors, juniors, and Peers
9: Receiving a Guest
10: Fellowship and Association
11: Three Levels of Devotees
12: Offences to the Vaishnavas
13: Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee

Fees
A nominal charge of £ 150 applies for the basic cost of study material, accommodation, food, and devotional clothing.

Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

For application and inquiry please contact:
vaisnavi@krishnatemple.com

Veda Course

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A Three Month Residential Course for Men

The residential Veda Course is designed for those wishing to gain a foundational understanding of bhakti-yoga. Over a period of three months, the following modules are covered: Theology and Philosophy, Devotional Practice and Vaishnava Culture.

You will experience the early-morning devotional programme, practical temple services and the variety of festivals that make Bhaktivedanta Manor famous. Living in a spiritual community will help you to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your faith and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Course Date : 4th October – 20th December 2015
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £250

There are limited places on this course and there is an application form to be completed and sent back before 26th September 2015.

For more information please email ashram@krishnatemple.com  or call 07930 464 750.

Introductory Course for Women

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Spiritualised Living

This is a three month residential course, starting 10th September 2015 ending 30th November 2015.

Learn Simple Living, High Thinking
Experience devotional lifestyle at Bhaktivedanta Manor amongst devotees and likeminded students. Learn to built up a regular sadhana (devotional practise) by attending the daily morning and evening program in the temple room.

We offer a variety of service engagements as, temple cleaning, assisting in the kitchen, food distribution, farming, milking cows, outdoor congregational chanting, book distribution and home programs etc.

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week in the afternoon.

The syllabus
The course covers the studies of: Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy and Vaishnava Culture.

To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded with a certificate.

A) Devotional Practice Covers:

1: Devotional Service
2: Daily Schedule & Appearance
3: Four Principles
4: Hearing and Chanting: Tips and Pitfalls
5: Deity Worship: Tulasi Worship
6: Holy Days and Festivals
7: Preaching, Paramapara and ISKCON
8: Cleanliness and Etiquette

B) Theology & Philosophy covers:

1: The Existence of God
2: The Search for the Absolute Truth / 3 pramanas / 4 defects
3: “You Are Not the Material Body”
4: Faith
5: The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth
6: Krishna: The Supreme Absolute Truth / The Five Primary Rasas
7: The Three Energies of the Lord
8: The Creation / Universal Time
9: Perceiving Krishna in His Creation
10: The Three Modes of Material Nature / the Law of Karma / Re-incarnation
11: Death & Liberation

C) Vaisnava Culture Covers:

1: ISKCON’s Cultural Identity
2: The Vedas
3: The Four Varnas
4: The Four Ashrams
5: Respect: The Basis of Civilisation
6: Ethics and Morality
7: Relating to Devotees with Due Respect
8: Relating to seniors, juniors, and Peers
9: Receiving a Guest
10: Fellowship and Association
11: Three Levels of Devotees
12: Offences to the Vaishnavas
13: Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee

Fees
A nominal charge of £ 150 applies for the basic cost of study material, accommodation, food, and devotional clothing.

Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

For application and inquiry please contact:
vaisnavi@krishnatemple.com

Bhakti Life

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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Bhakti-yoga is not an armchair philosophy, a religious doctrine or a Sunday ritual. It is a way of life. While the process may appear simplistic, when practiced with sincerity and purity it actually combines and synthesizes all other disciplines. In the Bhakti-Rasamrita Sindhu, a 16th century thesis on the science of devotion, the great teacher Rupa Goswami perfectly outlines how to practice bhakti-yoga in one’s daily life.

The practice of each aspect of bhakti-yoga is unlimited, and it can be developed, enhanced and refined over time. Engaging in these practical acts of bhakti-yoga will awaken a deep sense of fulfillment, happiness and enduring satisfaction. Indeed, Krishna assures us that the individual who is steadfast and determined in such spiritual practices can see him face-to face. It’s that simple.

This course provides an opportunity to learn more about the practice of bhakti, in today’s modern world. It acts as a great sequel to the “Gita Life” course, as well as a standalone series which will aid the student to make bhakti a practical reality in his or her daily life.

Course Dates: each Sunday from 5th July 2015 (4 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue:
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Karma-free Baking

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Learning to make Crunchy Peanut Butter cookies and Carob Chip cookies

Cookies

This workshop is great for siblings and friends to get together and make some tasty treats together to take home. Not only this, but you will be given the recipes for these great cookies, so you can replicate them whenever required.

All equipment and ingredients will be provided, but you will need to bring a box/container to take home your goodies. Aprons and hats are also supplied for use during the class but you can bring your own if you wish.

Of course, everything we cook is for the pleasure of the Lord, so the workshop will end with a demonstration of how to offer items to the Lord.

Course Date: Saturday 25th July 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Building a Successful Marriage

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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Last year, the percentage of marriages ending in divorce was over 40%. Many are shocked by this statistic, and indeed, the reality can be ugly. But it is definitely avoidable, often with the help of some simple advice and practical adjustments.

Married for over 30 years, and with three children, Kripamoya das brings together some ancient and modern wisdom in this interactive and insightful seminar.

Please come and share your thoughts, as well as hear about the following very interesting and relevant topics:

–          Can I really be a devotee and be married – at the same time?
–          Help! I’m a devotee but my partner isn’t!
–          Sorry, but I just don’t have time to Chant!
–          The breakfast of bliss – how to be spiritually powerful even before you eat your Weetabix
–          Every marriage is an ashram; every home is a temple
–          Four secrets of a successful marriage

Course Date: Sunday 12th July 2015
Time: 10am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15 per person

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

 

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Sabbatical

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A Six Months Residential Course for Men

For those who are proficient in their understanding of Krishna Consciousness, the 6 month sabbatical course is an ideal opportunity to explore it further.

The first half of the Sabbatical takes place in India, where we discover the roots of the Vedic culture. There are seminars, practical workshops and training courses at ISKCON Chowpatty, a world-famous flagship centre of training and education. Living amongst 150 resident monks is certainly enlivening! There are also pilgrimages to holy places like Vrindavana, Mayapur and Jagannatha Puri. These unique trips offer us a glimpse into the spiritual world.

The second half of the course is based at Bhaktivedanta Manor focusing around completion of the Bhakti Shastri degree. Quality time is spent in studying the Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanisad and Bhagavad-gita. You will also gain an exposure to the variety of outreach activities at the Manor, and learn practical skills like public speaking, team leadership and project management.

First Half Course Date: 22nd Sept – 22nd Dec 2015
Second Half Course Date: 4th Jan – 26th April 2016
Venue: ISKCON Chowpatty (India) and Bhaktivedanta Manor
Second Half Course Fee: £250

There are limited places on this course and there is an application form to be completed and sent back. Due date for completed application for the first half of the course is before 18th June 2015 and for the second half of the course before 28th Dec 2015.

For more information please email ashram@krishnatemple.com  or call 07930 464 750.

Culture of the Divine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

with HG Ter Kadamba das

1935400The ‘Culture of the Divine’ seminar will investigate the effect culture has on our everyday lives. How do we know the often unspoken social guidelines governing society actually work for our benefit, rather than keep us from realizing our full potential as human beings? What does the Vedic paradigm have to say about culture? Is it possible for us to apply principles from the Vedic model in our modern lifestyle, and if so, how? What would be the benefit?

 

Core Topics to be covered:

– What is culture?
– What function does culture play in our lives?
– What makes different cultures the way they are?
– How do cultures evolve?
– What is the reason for cultural conflicts?
– How do we resolve cultural conflicts?
– How do we apply Vedic principles in our modern lives?

Course Date: Sunday 2nd August 2015
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker

A resident of Sridhama Mayapur, HG Ter Kadamba das spends two-thirds of the year studying in the dhama, and the other third travelling in the western world sharing his bounty. Amongst others, he has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of texts such as Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction), Sri Isopanisad, Dasa Mula Tattva (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Jaiva Dharma (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Tattva-viveka (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Sad-darsana (HH Suhotra Swami), Apasampradayas (HH Suhotra Swami), Manu Samhita, Sri Tattva Sandarbha (Srila Jiva Goswami), Lagu Bhagavatamrita (Srila Rupa Goswami), Brahma Samhita, and Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and 2.

Male-Female Psychology

Friday, April 24th, 2015

with HG Ter Kadamba das

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We are all feminine on the absolute plane, but within the material sphere of duality, we are either masculine or feminine, purusha or prakrti. Since this energy is a fundamental principle in creation, pervading individuals both within and without and in many areas of life, it must be understood with clarity by both sides. Our going back to Godhead is dependent on our realization of what vehicle we are moving around in, so as to negotiate it properly.

There is no doubt that with this knowledge, marriages, raising children, and all relationships can be developed and maintained much more effectively.

Some of the core topics that will be covered in this seminar include:
– Men should be sense controlled and sensitive
– Women should be satisfied and chaste
– What is a marriage really? Arranged marriages versus unarranged
– House versus home
– Communication: how + why does it break down between men and women
– Children: How to raise them and how not. When should the parents let go?

Going to the fundamental essence of this science can help one to understand the world from a much deeper perspective. Despite its relevance, these topics are not often talked about. Please come and make use of this great opportunity.

Course Date: Sunday 19th July 2015
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker

A resident of Sridhama Mayapur, Ter Kadamba das spends two-thirds of the year studying in the dhama, and the other third travelling in the western world sharing his bounty. Amongst others, he has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of texts such as Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction), Sri Isopanisad, Dasa Mula Tattva (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Jaiva Dharma (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Tattva-viveka (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Sad-darsana (HH Suhotra Swami), Apasampradayas (HH Suhotra Swami), Manu Samhita, Sri Tattva Sandarbha (Srila Jiva Goswami), Lagu Bhagavatamrita (Srila Rupa Goswami), Brahma Samhita, and Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and 2.

The philosophy is penetrating and thought-provoking, and Ter Kadamba’s mastery of the topic is exceptional. Combined with this, his delivery is peppered with a wit and humour that will have the most straight-faced amongst us chuckling away.

How to be Krishna Confident

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

with HG Ghanashyam Priya das

Krishna consciousness is for everyone, there is no doubt about it. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world can live. But in order to invite the world into our wonderful home, we have to help them to see the benefits of doing so.

Too often we lack confidence in presenting Krishna consciousness to others. How can we make it relevant to others and at the same time remain true to the ultimate reality? At work, at home, with friends, giving talks – there are a multitude of arenas where, as devotees, we struggle to represent ourselves in a credible way.

With this in mind, the College of Vedic Studies brings to you a series of 6 seminars and workshops on how to present Krishna consciousness to a contemporary audience.

In this course we will cover:

  • Insights about sharing Krishna consciousness from scriptures: How have the representatives of the Lord shared his teachings?
  • Public speaking training. Guidance on how to prepare & research for a presentation. Tips on presentation styles and formats
  • How to relate our philosophy to key world events in fields such as politics, economics and religion
  • On the spot thinking. How to answer common questions around family challenges, benefits of meditation, reasons for being vegetarian etc.
  • How to connect our families, careers and networks to Krishna Consciousness
  • How to observe and understand what a person needs to take the next step in their spiritual journey
  • What is genuine care? How to provide 1:1 advice and guidance tailored to each individual

Course Dates: each Sunday from 21st June 2015 (6 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £35

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About Speaker: 

Ghanashyam Priya Das is a lifestyle and meditation coach who is powered by the zeal to make ancient intelligence accessible, relevant and valuable to a modern audience. He has been invited to present on meditation and lifestyle topics to a number of well known institutions including the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics and companies such as the BBC, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays. A former President of ISKCON Pandava Sena and president of an award winning KCSoc at university he has 10 years of experience in sharing Vedic wisdom with students and professionals with great success. His workshops are inspired from international ventures to India and the U.S. He will share practical yet profound points from our sacred texts to assist you with your journey to becoming Krishna Confident. Graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree from Cass Business School, he lived as a monk for 3 years at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Now a Innovation Consultant for a well known firm, he leads several workshops on collaboration and communication.