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Hindu University of America

Intro to Hindu Studies

Every Friday
July 16, 2021- September 24, 2021

09:00 pm EST -10:30 pm EST

Preliminary reflection on the central themes and ideas of Hinduism leading to an understanding of the common foundations of the great variety of traditions and practices within the umbrella of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism. Review of the complex challenges that arise at the confluence of Hindu and western thought.

$300

Course Objectives

In this course students will be able to: 

  1. Explore various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
  2. Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma; Reflect on the Hindu Studies Foundations area.
  3. Inquire into and evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies, and Conflict and Peace studies.
  4. Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
  5. Discover and Create customized pathways for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula
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Instructor

Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan received his Master’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He has studied the texts and traditions of Hinduism from an Advaita Vedānta perspective through a 21-year association with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam group of institutions and the first Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. He serves as the President of the Dharma Civilization Foundation (established 2012) based in Los Angeles and is also the Founder and President of the Sanatana Dharma Foundation, Dallas, Texas (established 2007). He has had a long-standing interest in the promotion of the academic study of Hindu Dharma and played a key role in the establishment of the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. In his prior career, he was a global practice director for an internationally known software consultancy Services firm. He is a member of the Board of Hindu University of America, and currently services as its interim President and Executive Vice President. He also teaches in the Continuing Education and Certification Division.