Hindu University of America A Unique Dimension of Hindu Thought and Traditions <ul><li>Roles and Training of Priests </li>...
Priests in  North America Current status <ul><li>Priests are  principal custodians  of Dharmic traditions, who are  vital ...
Priests in  North America-2   Current status <ul><li>NEED:  As  more  non-Hindus  get exposed to Sanatan  Dharma,  many wo...
Priests   in  North America-3   Current status <ul><li>NEED:  Qualified priests must be able to  converse with the Hindu c...
Priests - Expectations <ul><li>Well versed in  Hindu scriptures–  Key Upanishads,  Mahabharat, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita , s...
Priests – Expectations-2 <ul><li>Well versed in the rituals of… </li></ul><ul><li>--  Temples: various schools, deities, t...
Roles of Priests <ul><li>Major areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rituals ( Karma-kand) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education (mor...
Roles of Priests-2 <ul><li>Rituals  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related to pujas, festivals and Samskaras  </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Roles of Priests-3 <ul><li>Education  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For children, lay-Hindus, and non-Hindus  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Roles of Priests-4 <ul><li>Spiritual Counseling  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dharmic guidance in decision making for a house hol...
Roles of Priests-5 <ul><li>Education & Spiritual Counseling Roles are largely absent  (some times filled in by learned and...
Training of Priests <ul><ul><li>PRIEST TRAINING PROGRAM AT HUA </li></ul></ul>
Training of Priests <ul><ul><li>Hindu University has evolved an  academic program for Priests training </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Priests Training Program summary <ul><li>Four groups of courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hindu Tradition:   Four courses (12 ...
Priest Training Program summary-2 <ul><ul><li>Rituals:   Four courses (12 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanskara...
Priest Training program summary-3 <ul><ul><li>Course on World Major Religions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanatan Tradi...
Role of Temple Management <ul><ul><li>Encourage, support and fund priests  to enhance their capabilities through training ...
HUA- in nutshell <ul><li>WHAT IS  HUA?   </li></ul>
 
HUA- in nutshell-2 <ul><li>Many Programs and courses available to Temples for systematic and  authentic, understanding and...
HUA- in nutshell-3 <ul><li>Only university outside of Bharat known to be exclusively devoted to teaching and research in a...
Dhanyavaad ! <ul><li>Hindu University Of America </li></ul><ul><li>113 S.  Econlockhatchee Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Orlando...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Role & Training of Priests Shri Abhinav Dwivedi (s07a-2)

1,102 views
962 views

Published on

Published in: Spiritual, Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,102
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
6
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
9
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Role & Training of Priests Shri Abhinav Dwivedi (s07a-2)

  1. 1. Hindu University of America A Unique Dimension of Hindu Thought and Traditions <ul><li>Roles and Training of Priests </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Divinity Program at </li></ul><ul><li>Hindu University </li></ul><ul><li>Abhinav Dwivedi </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President, HUA </li></ul><ul><li>HMEC-2009, Sept. 11-13, 2009 </li></ul>Session 7A Worship Practice and Priest Welfare
  2. 2. Priests in North America Current status <ul><li>Priests are principal custodians of Dharmic traditions, who are vital for keeping the traditions alive and easily accessible to all. </li></ul><ul><li>So far in N.A. the needs are mostly met by bringing qualified priests from India . </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller communities meet their needs by some one learning on his/her own the required minimal set of priestly activities . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Priests in North America-2 Current status <ul><li>NEED: As more non-Hindus get exposed to Sanatan Dharma, many would like to know more about Hindu way of life ,and how the lofty philosophies ( Tatva Darshana) are integrated in the daily life through various rituals. A qualified priest should be able to help non-Hindus in this quest. </li></ul><ul><li>NEED: As the interfaith dialogues increase, a qualified Hindu priest must be able to provide correct perspective of Hindu Darshana and rituals to the people of other faiths– both to the sympathetic and hostile. </li></ul><ul><li>NEED: Community and temples must create a culture where the best priests are employed at the temples, are well respected, well treated, and are provided for their worldly needs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Priests in North America-3 Current status <ul><li>NEED: Qualified priests must be able to converse with the Hindu children growing up in N.A . at the level, and in the language ( lingo) they can understand, and fill the gap which parents may not be able to do. </li></ul><ul><li>NEED: If required priests should be able to go to churches ( and like institutions) and to schools and talk on Hindu Dharma in a manner the audience can understand and appreciate. </li></ul><ul><li>NEED: Go to Hospital-hospice Centers and provide comforting prayers to patients and the family. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Priests - Expectations <ul><li>Well versed in Hindu scriptures– Key Upanishads, Mahabharat, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita , some popular puranas,.. </li></ul><ul><li>Working knowledge of Sanskrit, and religious texts in original </li></ul><ul><li>Well versed in the philosophic concepts, and their application in daily life through rituals at home , in the temples, during festivals, through sanskaras , etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Priests – Expectations-2 <ul><li>Well versed in the rituals of… </li></ul><ul><li>-- Temples: various schools, deities, traditions </li></ul><ul><li>-- Sanskaras: Stages of pre- birth to post-death </li></ul><ul><li>-- Yagna, Havan, Vrata, Festivals.. </li></ul><ul><li>-- Katha and Vyakhyaan: Ram Charita Manas, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam, Satya Narayan Katha and Bhajans . </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to articulate Meaning and explanation in English and in one of the Indian Languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telgu, Punjabi etc.) to Hindus, non Hindus and to children. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Roles of Priests <ul><li>Major areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rituals ( Karma-kand) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education (moral/religious/spiritual) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual counseling </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Roles of Priests-2 <ul><li>Rituals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related to pujas, festivals and Samskaras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(within and outside of the temples) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining Sanctity and holiness of the activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This role is performed satisfactorily by most, but not all, priests coming from India </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Roles of Priests-3 <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For children, lay-Hindus, and non-Hindus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spokesperson for interfaith dialogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community representation in religious and spiritual matters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation and explanations of rituals, history, stories and concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temple Management needs to facilitate training of priests to improve Performance of this role. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Roles of Priests-4 <ul><li>Spiritual Counseling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dharmic guidance in decision making for a house holder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support during depression, bereavement periods etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illnesses, Chaplin’s role in hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temple Management needs to facilitate training of priests to improve Performance of this role. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Roles of Priests-5 <ul><li>Education & Spiritual Counseling Roles are largely absent (some times filled in by learned and concerned community members, or other organizations…) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally not performed by priests in India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not yet actively supported by temple management in N.A. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Training of Priests <ul><ul><li>PRIEST TRAINING PROGRAM AT HUA </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Training of Priests <ul><ul><li>Hindu University has evolved an academic program for Priests training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Diploma and Master of Hindu Divinity programs. (M.H.D degree) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall focus is on enhancing the priests’ abilities to function more efficiently in the N.A. society. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make their stature/status in the society and their profession improve by providing proper training and certification (compare with how a Christian priest, Jewish rabbi or Muslim Imam is respected in their community) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attract younger generation into this profession. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Priests Training Program summary <ul><li>Four groups of courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hindu Tradition: Four courses (12 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Principles of Hinduism, Basic Hindu Scriptures, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Jyotish, Principles and Practices of Yoga Meditation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sanskrit: Two courses (6 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General: Three courses (9 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Speaking and Communication Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Counseling (including social and psychological counseling) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World Major Religions (and community diversities) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Priest Training Program summary-2 <ul><ul><li>Rituals: Four courses (12 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanskaras, Festivals and Pujas, Rituals in different Sampradayas, Field Practice. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Priest Training program summary-3 <ul><ul><li>Course on World Major Religions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanatan Traditions: Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Abrahamic Traditions: Islam, Judaism, Christianity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course coordinated and run by HU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rituals in different Sampradayas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An overview of unique features of different Sampradayas (other than the one the priest has training in). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credits/waivers for previous training and experience given. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Role of Temple Management <ul><ul><li>Encourage, support and fund priests to enhance their capabilities through training provided by HUA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage, support and fund so that education and spiritual counseling activities can be undertaken by priests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an environment wherein the priests are treated with respect and reverence in community. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. HUA- in nutshell <ul><li>WHAT IS HUA? </li></ul>
  19. 20. HUA- in nutshell-2 <ul><li>Many Programs and courses available to Temples for systematic and authentic, understanding and education of Sanatan Dharma for their communities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-- Degree and non-degree courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-- Master and doctoral degree programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-- Conference, Symposia, seminars, Lecture series,… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 21. HUA- in nutshell-3 <ul><li>Only university outside of Bharat known to be exclusively devoted to teaching and research in all areas of Sanatana Dharma, Culture, languages, philosophies, practices, including Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized by the State of FL. 501 (C) 3, non-profit org. </li></ul><ul><li>Large # of affiliations with other institutions, both in USA and India. </li></ul><ul><li>Guided and shaped by BOD made up of eminent persons. </li></ul><ul><li>Large # of adjunct faculty of diverse expertise </li></ul><ul><li>See hand out folder for details! </li></ul><ul><li>Contact HUA: </li></ul><ul><li>407-275-0013 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>visit www.hua.edu </li></ul>
  21. 22. Dhanyavaad ! <ul><li>Hindu University Of America </li></ul><ul><li>113 S. Econlockhatchee Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Orlando, FL 32825 USA </li></ul><ul><li>407-275-0013 ( Voice) </li></ul><ul><li>407- 275-0104 ( fax) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.hua.edu </li></ul>

×