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The Temple Landscape in North America: All Should Prosper -Dr. Siva Subramanian (s04-1) The Temple Landscape in North America: All Should Prosper -Dr. Siva Subramanian (s04-1) Presentation Transcript

  • Session 4 Legacy of Hinduism The Temples Landscape in NA: All Should Prosper Siva Subramanian Sri Siva Vishnu Temple United Hindu-Jain Temples Association September 11-13, 2009
  • Early Hindu Concepts & Temples In North America
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803-82
    • Henry David Thoreau -- 1817-62
      • Transcendentalist movement influenced by Bhagavad-Gita
    • Parliament of Religions – 1893
    • Swami Vivekananda 1863-1902
    • For the next 70 years – Many Swamis came
    • Vedanta Society – First Hindu Temple 1906
    • Hollywood Temple - 1938
    • Santa Barbara Temple - 1956
  • Legacy of Hinduism in NA
    • Post 1965 Immigration Act
      • Large influx of Hindu Americans
    • Architecture of Hindu Temples – 1970s
      • Dravida & Nagara styles
    • All Dharmic Tradition including Sikh, Jain and Buddhist Temples were also built
    • Sri Venkateswara Temple – Pittsburgh 1976
    • Sri Ganesha Temple – Queens, New York 1977
    • Over 500+ Temples in USA and Canada
  • Legacy of Hinduism: Architecture Dravida and Nagara Styles
  • Legacy of Hinduism in NA: Statistics Zone Mandirs States East 220 CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, WV Mid-West 47 IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, OH, OK, WI South 38 AL, KY, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX West 132 CA, & all other states Canada 99 67 in Ontario, 10 in British Columbia State Mandirs NY 128 CA 83 NJ 38 FL 33 TX 27 IL 26 OH 23 MA 21 PA 21 GA 20 MD 17
  • Legacy of Hinduism in NA: Evolution Growth Phase-I (Establishing/Protecting) Helping primarily Generation-I Focus laid on rituals & asset building Phase-II (Strengthening) Helping Generation-II & Generation-I Focus - Meeting needs of Gen-II while continuing to perform existing services Phase-III (Growing/Maturing) Helping Generation-II & non-Hindus Focus – Meeting needs of larger American society & offering solutions rooted in Dharma 2005 2015
  • Legacy of Hindu Temples in NA: Challenges that Face Hindu Temples of NA
    • Early on Challenges by Local community
    • Challenges from within - Unity
    • Active involvement by the Next Generation
    • Need for Large Endowments
    • Learn from Others – e.g. Jewish groups
    • Getting involved in other activities such as:
      • Community Services – Homeless feeding
      • Inter Faith activities
      • Education – Public school/college
      • Curriculum - Starting Hindu schools
  • Legacy of Hindu Temples in NA:
    • All Should Prosper if
      • Each Temple Cooperates with each other
      • Establish a National Networking of Dharmic Temples
      • Establish a National Networking of Hindu Temples
        • e.g. United Hindu-Jain Temples of Washington DC
      • Involve Women in Administration & Leadership levels
      • Involve Second Gen Hindu Youths and Young adults
      • Use Technology in Administration
      • Share Best Practices & Pool resources
      • Support Hindu/Dharmic Chairs/Depts. in Universities
  • Legacy of Hindu Temples in NA: Conclusion
    • Tremendous progress made by 1 st generation of immigrants in building temples
    • Many challenges have to be overcome to sustain this legacy
      • Cooperation and Networking: essential for prosperity of Hindu temples, no need to compete
      • Learn from others / be active in local community
      • Focus on Younger generation
      • Inter Faith collaboration
  • Legacy of Hindu Temples in NA:
    • THANK YOU ALL!
    • References
    • Hindu Temples of North America: A celebration of Life by Mahalingum Kolapen
    • Padma Bhushan Ganapati Sthapati – Sirpa Nool
    • Umesh Shukla – HMEC presentation to the Temples