Review on “India’s Book of Wisdom: The Bhagavata Purana.”

By: David Shapiro Producer, Uplifting Cinema Pvt. Ltd During a number of sessions, I had the privilege of watching the entire “India’s Book of Wisdom: The Bhagavata Purana.” The genre is that of an art film – mood and style reveal substance. The “culture of the Bhagavatam” is the hero of this story. We get […]

INDIA’S BOOK OF WISDOM; The Bhagavata Purana | Full Documentary

India’s Book of Wisdom—The Bhāgavata PurāṇaThe Oxford Center for Hindu Studies PresentsThe Bhagavata Purana is considered the crown jewel of the Hindu sacred ancient Sanskritliterature known as the Puranas. The Bhagavata Purana is a bhakti (devotional)scripture focused on the life and activities of Lord Krishna.As a major source of the living bhakti tradition in India, […]

Virtual Attendance in the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting—December 2020

Staying in one place since June (in my country retreat in Poland, due to the pandemic) has been good for the physical “system” after years of fairly constant travel. Like so many of us who are ensconsed in the Internet, much of our “travel” is digital. My earlier intention to travel to the U.S. at […]

Writing about dharma and ecology

A few days ago, I accepted an invitation by my friend Christopher Fici (who just a fewweeks ago successfully passed his doctoral dissertation defense at Union TheologicalSeminary—congratulations to him!) to be a guest co-editor (or co-guest-editor?) for aspecial issu of the Journal of Dharma Studies, on the subject of Dharma and Ecology. We two are […]

Ten Days of Jainism

Dec. 27 2019 to Jan. 7 2020, India The International School of Jain Studies offers a ten-day (Dec. 27 to Jan. 7) introduction to Jainism each December-January for university students, especially those engaged in the academic study of religion. Jainism is a very ancient tradition, at least as old as Buddhism, with a rich literary […]

A visit to Govardhan Eco Village

December 21-24, 2019 Govardhan Eco Village, Maharashtra, India About 2-1/2 to 3 hours’ drive north of Mumbai is Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) An amazing Vaishnava retreat center that is attracting, annually, 6000-8000 day visitors and a similar number of visitors for longer stays. When I fixed plans to come here, some weeks ago, I had […]

Vaishnava-Christian Dialogue in Chennai

December 16-18, 2019 Vaishnava-Christian Dialogue in Chennai, India I was fortunate to be again (for the third time) present at the annual Vaishnava-Christian dialogue in South India, organized by Anuttama Das, ISKCON’s minister of communication. The topic this year was “Loving Surrender and Social Engagement”. My own participation this time was quite minimal, as I […]

Bhagavata Purana Documentary

What is it about this text that makes it so interesting to study and also to live for so many people not just in India but more and more all over the world? We are going to be exploring, meeting people, finding out more about this tradition which I’ve been studying for the last forty […]