After a few months of preparation and three days of final execution the Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus has moved to a new delivery platform. It was a huge and nerve-wracking task, but we made it: www.bcoc.bhaktivedantacollege.com Visually, we tried to keep the theme as much as possible in alignment with Bhaktivedanta College’s main Web page. The theme is 100% responsive: It runs smoothly on any tablet or smartphone. (The content will be resized and rearranged to fit smaller screens and operating systems.) The main improvements are with th
Recently, Bhaktivedanta College came up with a video entitled “A Relevant Education in a Spiritual Environment” wherein students, teachers, friends, administrators and GBCs all say something about this wonderful educational project. Inspiration for the video was drawn from the College’s six ideals: (1) Vision and Purpose: Inspiring long-term success through the ardent pursuit of truth, purpose, and self-discovery; (2) Student Well-being: Enhancing students’ prospects by laying solid foundations for their future career, econom
Late in September, Gaura Karuna and Govardhana-lila Klein, fun-loving, inspired devotees and third-year students, said their marriage vows in French among friends and fellow students at the local government municipality. Tears were shed, kirtan was sung, and orange juice was drunk, followed by a photo shoot and the throwing of bouquets to the waiting female students. After the legal wedding, a reception took place in the backyard of the college building. The rustic mix of orchids, green apples, floor-seating, and candlelight set the evening’s
On Monday, September 9th, Bhaktivedanta College began its twelfth academic year with a busy orientation week. The introductory ceremony was one highlight, with the students and staff getting to know one other through games, kirtan, and introspection activities. At the inauguration ceremony, Jayabhadra Dasi warmly presented the new college students to the Radhadesh community with complete introductions about them. Yadunandana Swami shared his insights on learning and spirituality: “We should feel at home, but we are to be active at home, not lazy at
For two weeks in August, Radhadesh teemed with creativity. Nineteen students took Ram Das Abhiram and Dhrti’s Transcendental Art Seminar, and they painted in many places on the grounds, including the community hall, with its picturesque outlook perfect for an artist. From August 3rd to the 17th, Ram Das and Dhrti taught an intensive program of figure study, landscape composition, and the process for creating a painting. Under their careful instruction, each student returned home with an oil painting of a transcendental pastime.
I heard about Bhakti Shastri as a great possibility to study Srila Prabhupada’s main books, about two years before enrolling in BCO. The Bhakti Shastri course in Russian was offered at our local temple, but I did not know Russian well enough to understand it deeply. Therefore I tried to find other means. Luckily, through the Internet, I found BCO, which is exactly what I needed.
Perhaps the most anticipated day of the trip finally arrived: Oxford! We all were looking our best. It was a long drive. The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on Magdalen Street, is an independent institute for the study of Hindu cultures, societies, philosophies, religions, and languages, recognized by Oxford University. We spent time in the Centre, with its wonderful staff, before heading out into the Oxford buzz. Oxford is a beautiful city, with stunning architecture, an interesting history, and an academic culture. It includes ancient and modern
On May fifteenth, all the first-year students took a field trip to Brussels in connection with the World Religions course taught by Anupama Dasi, who has an MA in philosophy and religion. We visited several religious and spiritual groups. First on the program were the Mormons, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, founded in the USA in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. The members welcomed us into their home and answered our questions, which were, to their surprise, many. Unfortunately, we arrived a bit late and thus needed to curb our enthusi