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LONDON, ENGLAND, May 23, 2015 (YouTube): Jay Lakhani, a prominent teacher of Hinduism in the UK, explains why the media--specifically the BBC--is bias against India. He points out that the media only reports on the negative and avoids reporting on the positive, thereby giving a wrong impression of India. The video is short and to the point.



BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, May 22, 2015 (Press Release): In partnership with Dharma Civilization Foundation, the Graduate Theological Union, has just launched a Master's Degree Program in Hindu Studies. This program will enable the creation of scholars in Hindu Dharma who are also practitioners who will present and teach the perspectives of the insiders to the traditions. In the fullness of time, these scholars will teach courses in Hindu Dharma in many main stream universities. Many thousands of students of future generations will derive immense value from these teachers.

So far, Hindu Studies has been the privilege of outsiders to the tradition itself i.e. those who examine Hinduism academically, and critically i.e. through Marxist, Freudian or otherwise suspicious eyes. South Asian studies Departments have focused on geo-political issues, and have not examined the many gifts of Hindu Dharma to humanity.

The Hindu Studies program aims to change that. A fund-raiser event will be held May 30, 2015, starting at 3 pm at the India Community Center in Milpitas. For more information on this limited-seating event, contact or 614-668-1668.

The event will include talks by Prof. Vamsee Juluri on his new book "Rearming Hinduism" and Prof. Riess Potterveld on the integration of Hindu Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. A preview of activities over the next year will be given, including the continued development of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Hindu Studies.



In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing.
-- Appolonius of Tiana (2-97 ce), Greek philosopher and occultist. His work deeply influenced Western mysticism.



KATHMANDU, NEPAL, May 22, 2015 (PTI): Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities. Buddhist philosophy promotion and monastery development committee (BPPMDC), under the ministry of federal affairs and local development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened due to impact of the earthquake. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. Monasteries also collapsed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja districts as well.

Some well-known monasteries include Seto Gumba in Ramkot; Rato Gumba in Sitapaila, both located in the outskirt of Kathmandu; Khumchey Gumba in Gorkha; Chrighyang Gumba in Dolakha and Chirite Gumba in Sindhupalchok. Karma Tsering Tashi Lama, president of the BPPMDC, who recently visited many of the earthquake-hit areas in Sindhupalchok and Rasuwa, said he did not see a single monastery that stands intact.



OKLAHOMA CITY, U.S., May 18, 2015 (The Oklahoman): Edward Shepherd found himself outside of his apartment in Moore, yelling at a garbage truck. Shepherd had returned from four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq that lasted collectively almost five years. Shepherd is among about 60 veterans who take a yoga class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center that is aimed at helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Sara Alavi, owner of Yoga Home of Therapeutics, who leads the class, says there's nothing more rewarding than hearing the impact it has on the veterans, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some research has shown that breathing-based meditation and yoga can help people with PTSD. A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 2014 said veterans surveyed reported that after participating in a yoga program, they experienced fewer hyperarousal symptoms. They also reported that re-experiencing traumatic memories had less impact on them.


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