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Spiritual Education & Learning Workshops

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Explore the beliefs and practical aspects of Hindu life with your students

We warmly invite you to take advantage of the services we offer to primary, secondary schools, colleges and universites and religious education community.

Our 2 hour workshop covers:

Ours aims:

  • To serve the religious education community, with focus on promoting student wellbeing

  • To demonstrate how spiritual values, as highlighted by Hindu traditions, make a positive contribution to contemporary life in Britain through education.

Core beliefs in Hinduism




1. What is Hinduism and the different main denominations

2. Concept of the Atman (the soul): who am I? What is the real self?

Atman refers to the non-material self, which never changes. The notion of the unchanging self and the ultimate need for self-realization are at the root of Hindu attitudes toward many important issues: respect for life, tolerance (of duality), patience, forbearance, empathy and compassion for others, wealth and poverty.

3. The Reincarnation and samsara: what happens after death, before birth?

The real self (atman) remains unchanged throughout life, it likewise continues after death. This soul is carried within the subtle (astral) body to its next destination.Samsara refers to the process of passing from one body to another throughout all the species of life.

4. The law of karma: why we are suffering?

The universal low of karma (action and reaction) determines each soul’s unique destiny.

5. Life style: the expressions of spirituality that influences everyday life.

Symbols, dress, music, food. Japa/meditation/ prayer: japa refers to the quiet or silent recitation of a mantra, which is generally performed on a mala (a string of 108 beads).

Deities & sacred stories

The Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva), the demigods (administrative gods) and stories relat ed to them.

Puja & shrine

Puja refers to the worship especially of the Deity. Each denomination has elaborate rules for its performances, but generally involves bathing and dressing the deity and offering various auspicious items such as water, flowers, incense. The Arti is the most popular ceremony and it’s a greeting ceremony. The students will observe an arti ceremony and also visit the main shrine of the temple.

Videos

Spiritual Lunch

Students and teachers are also invited to enjoy an authentic Indian vegetarian lunch for £3.50 (per person.)

Fees and Expenses

Presentations at schools

£35 hourly session, plus travel expenses

Temple Visits

£35 hourly session without lunch
£35 hourly session plus £3.50 per person with lunch

Contact

Jaga Mohini devi dasi
ISKCON Educational Services
10 Soho Street
London W1D 3DL

0207 437 3662
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Primary Education & Learning:

We will tell pastimes about personalities such as Hanuman, Krishna, Sita and Rama; Festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Janmashtami; Stories about the soul, karma, determination, gratitude, etc.

We will show how to put a sari on, dressing up and face painting.

The main practices during festivals:
1) Fasting and feasting
2) Distribution of food (especially prasadam)
3) Visiting the temple
4) Wearing new clothes
5) Glorification of God (kirtan, bhajan, dance, drama)

The main practices during festivals:
1) Fasting and feasting
2) Distribution of food (especially prasadam)
3) Visiting the temple
4) Wearing new clothes
5) Glorification of God (kirtan, bhajan, dance, drama)
6) Birth and marriage ceremonies

The concept of sanctified food (prasadam) and it’s importance.

The importance of traditional clothing.

The concept of sanctified food (prasadam) and it’s importance.

The importance of traditional clothing.

Students will learn how to make garlands from flowers and how to make lamps for the shrine.

We will have students participate in playing various musical instruments such as kartals (cymbals), harmonium, mridanga.

Secondary and Further/Higher Education

Reasons for pilgrimage and activities performed on pilgrimage.

We will discuss about holy places, rivers, lakes, oceans, sacred hills and mountains.

Topics around the varnashrama dharma, caste and untouchablility.

We will cover aspects of puja, arti, bhajana, kirtan, darshan, prasad, pravachan, japa meditation, prayer, the mandir and shrine.

Topics on Non-violence, animal welfare/rights, abortion, racism, religious sectarianism.etc.

A Krishna conscious person does not make any distinction between species or castes. The brahmana and the outcaste may be different from the social point of view, or a dog, a cow, and an elephant may be different from the point of view of species, but these differences of body are meaningless from the viewpoint of a learned transcendentalist. This is due to their relationship to the Supreme, for the Supreme Lord, by His plenary portion as Paramatma [Supersoul], is present in everyone’s heart.”

Excerpt from Srila Prabhupada’s Purport, Bhagavad-Gita 5.18

The Bhagavad-gita, the “song of God”, is the best known Hindu scripture in the world, and discusses all the major concepts of Atman, Karma, Reincarnation, Samsara, Guna and Moksha (liberation).

An overall explanation of Bhagavad-gita; how and why it’s philosophical teaching are significant in current modern society.

“Heart of Hinduism” teacher training pack

A Resource Pack for Primary Teachers

Complete with User Guide; teacher’s reference book; pack of fifteen picture cards with abundant textual information on the back of each; audio CD “Sounds of the Hindu World”; CD-Rom “Further Information and Teaching Resources”; and schemes of work based on QCA guidelines, including a total of 25 units of study.

A Resource Pack for Secondary Teachers

Complete with User Guide; teacher’s reference book; pack of twelve deity picture cards with abundant textual information on the back of each; audio CD “Sounds of the Hindu World”; CD-Rom “Further Information and Teaching Resources”; and schemes of work based on QCA guidelines, including a total of 22 units of study.

 

Teacher Training

We also provide training for teachers striving to make the teaching of Hinduism as rewarding and effective as possible. These sessions address challenges teachers face when teaching Hinduism.

Workshop fee: £ 35 per hour, plus travel cost (to your school).

All of our sessions can be tailor made to your requirements. Please call us to discuss your needs.

Booking

Interested in your students visiting our temple or would you like us to come and visit you? Please fill out our booking form and we will get back to you. All bookings are tailor-made and finalized by email.

 

Radha's Boutique (shop)

A full range of books, murtis, arati trays, posters, bindis, saris and fact sheets are available for purchase for teachers, trainees and student’s at our temple shop

 

Testimonials

“The experience of coming to the ISKCON temple in Soho is so valuable to trainee teachers. One of the ISKCON community talks to them in clear and honest terms about ISKCON, the ashram and how they came to be a part of the community. Then they attend the arati ceremony and there is always a wonderful warmth to invite everyone to take part as well as an understanding of those who would rather observe. The representative seems to have all the time in the world to answer any questions that the trainee teachers may have. The participants have always said that the visit to the temple is one their favourite visits and one that has informed their training and teaching of RE in the classroom.”

Alexis Stones Guest lecturer for PGCE RE

“I’ve attended several talks and ceremonies at the Radha Krishna Temple in London with groups of visiting foreign teachers. It’s always an enlightening event, filled with good cheer, generosity, and color. The presentations of the staff are always well conducted and the welcoming spirit always appreciated.”

Michael Aliprandini USA-Italy

“The visit to the Temple is always a highpoint for my American university students. The welcome and presentation are of the highest order and they greatly appreciate the opportunity to observe the worship.”

Alan Walker Florida Sate University

About

ISKCON Educational Services was established in 1990 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Hertfordshire. There are now a number of centres across the UK, including here, in central London. Our Temple, located between Oxford Street and Soho Square (and easy reach of principal bus, rail and underground links), features a beautiful altar, extensive educational facilities, a shop and restaurant. Last year alone, we reached more than 1000 students and teachers.

Akarsini Radhika devi dasi and Jaga Mohini devi dasi who deliver the sessions are experienced practitioners of Hinduism, trained in the study of Hindu philosophy. Their inspiration in delivering these sessions comes from the wonderful interactions they have with the students and teachers and they find the impact the sessions have in people’s understanding of Hinduism very rewarding.