Looking for an opportunity to enhance your spiritual life? Eager for a retreat in a remote and calmer environment? This one-month introductory course provides you with the basic knowledge and skills you need to connect more deeply with Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, through bhakti, or loving devotional service. By studying spiritual classics such as Bhagavad-gita, learning how to set up an altar, cooking for and offering food to the Lord, singing devotional songs, and strengthening your japa meditation, your personal devotional lif
In this video (five minutes long), three students share their experiences of undergraduate study. Ramachandra Kaviraja Dasa, a first-year student, speaks about his first two terms. Braja Biharini Dasi, a second-year student, compares Bhaktivedanta College to her previous university. And Patrick Nickisch, who will graduate this year, tells us his plans and discusses how he is already applying the knowledge and skills he learned at Bhaktivedanta College.
Tell us something about your devotional life. I came in contact with devotees in 1977, when I was fourteen years old. Soon after, I started to regularly chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and study Srila Prabhupada’s books. I went to live in the ISKCON temple in Barcelona when I was fifteen years old. Since then, I have been dedicated to serving within ISKCON in many ways. My main field of service has been Krishna conscious educational development. I started offering introductory courses (bhakta programs) in Spain in 1982. During the nineties,
E. Burke Rochford Jr., a professor of sociology at Middlebury College, has studied the Hare Krishna movement for over thirty years, and as the movement’s friend, has written numerous articles addressing its development. In January of 2009, he came to Bhaktivedanta College to give a course on ISKCON and Society, and has been an inspiration for the fifteen students who attended. When asked how it felt to teach a group of young people whose spiritual movement, parents, guides, and friends he had studied for over three decades, Rochford said it wa
Q: We have heard that you recently attended the URI conference. Please tell us in short what the URI is and what its purpose is. URI stands for the United Religions Initiative, and its goal is a permanent Parliament of Religions. As the URI charter declares, URI is a growing global community dedicated to promoting enduring daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously-motivated violence, and creating a culture of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. URI is based on grass-roots communities that operate locally, but are i
‘During the last month of November (2008) I was very pleased to visit the ISKCON temple and congregation in Santiago de Chile. The purpose of my visit was to offer two VTE (Vaishnava Training & Education) courses and to support the educational development of ISKCON Chile. I taught together with Param Padam Dasa, an experienced educator in South America, and his wife, Ananta Sayana Dasi, who helped in many ways from the background. We offered the VTE Teacher Training Course, Level II, and the VTE Bhakti-Shastri Teacher Training Course to a
Dear Devotees and friends, With great happiness I am inviting you to Japa Retreat, Level 2, which will take place in Radhadesh from Monday the June 8th (at 19:00) until Saturday June 13th, 2009. Last year’s Japa Retreat in Radhadesh was wonderfully inspiring. The devotees felt such enthusiasm about their breakthrough experiences that we immediately decided to have Japa Retreat Level 2 in 2009. Japa retreats are now being conducted in all parts of the world and are becoming more and more sought after by devotees and friends of Lord Krishna. Let
Come and experience this enlivening Vaishnava education in the peaceful setting of Radhadesh, Belgium. Please register by the end of December 2008. You are warmly welcome to join us on January 18th at BhaktivedantaCollege. Package price: 1.230 Euros (covers the course costs and accommodation and prasadam). The Bhakti Shastri course encourages students not only to memorize the contents of Srila Prabhupada’s books but also to digest the philosophy and practically apply it. Professionally designed by the Vaishnava Training and Education team, the