An Introduction to Hinduism
This Educator Night workshop focuses on Hinduism, the third largest religion in the world with roots in ancient India. Learn the origins of the religion, core beliefs, and how the faith has spread through Asia. Also, examine Hindu art on a guided tour of Treasures of Asian Art: A Rockefeller Legacy.
The first 20 teachers to arrive will receive a free copy of Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion.
Hinduism is part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). All attendees will receive two hours of Gifted and Talented (GT) credit from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT).
Program: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Sravana Borkataky-Varma is a scholar of the Hindu religion specializing in tantra and sexuality. She is a doctoral student at Rice University in the Department of Religious Studies and an adjunct professor at University of Houston in the Department of Cross Cultural Studies. Being an Indian, a believing Hindu, and having lived in many countries, her goal is to integrate, communicate, and mediate differences that crop up because of different religious beliefs and values.
Arun Mukhopadhyay is a gastroenterologist who has been in private practice over the last 25 years in the Houston area, prior to which he was a full time faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. His interest in Hinduism originated many years ago, and he has been an instructor of Hinduism at the Sri Meenakshi Temple for the past 12 years. His primary focus is on the essential teachings of Bhagavad Gita, considered one of the most sacred and all-encompassing texts of Hindu spirituality. He has also been involved as a religious representative at both the Sri Meenakshi Temple and the Durga Badi, and has served as an assistant to the priests on an annual basis for several decades. Dr. Mukhopadhyay is keenly interested in the spirituality present in every faith and is eager to take part in educational activities to promote spiritual awareness.