Recent and Upcoming Activities

Big Questions about the Big Bang
Cosmogony Workshop

Coming soon

Look up at the night sky, full of stars and planets. Where did it all come from? Most scientists will answer that question with some version of the big bang theory. But it is quite possible that as our understanding of natural laws continues to evolve, a picture of reality quite different from the one most people now accept may emerge. We will explore origin narratives from ancient texts which may help expand our current mechanistic paradigm.

Bhaktivedanta Institute for the 21st Century

February 14-20, 2020; Mayapur, India

Members of the BIHS team participated in the 2020 ISKCON Leadership Sanga held at Sri Dhama Mayapur. Akhandadhi Prabhu, Drutakarma Prabhu, and Pracarananda gave a talk called “The Bhaktivedanta Institute for the 21st Century,” which was presented four times over the course of the week-long ILS event. We gave a look back at the history of the BI, discussed the mode and relevance of the BI in the new century, and presented some of the current and planned projects we have on the table moving forward. The talks were well-attended and sparked many valuable discussions.

Taking the 5th…Canto!

Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2019; Gainesville, FL

We explored the past, present, and future study of Puranic cosmography within ISKCON, as it relates to the ongoing development of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

The Strands of the Evolution Web

July 12 – 14, 2019; Brecon, Wales

As a follow-up to the “Evolution Narratives in Krishna Consciousness” workshop, specific research tasks were accepted by a collection of devotees in support of exhibit designs from the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Evolution Narratives in Krishna Consciousness

June 7 – 10, 2019; Gainesville, FL

We examined the stories we tell ourselves regarding the nature, origin, and diversity of species from religious and scientific perspectives, with the aim of finding common ground and developing new paradigms.

Consciousness in Science Conference

Jan. 19 – 21, 2019; Gainesville, FL www.consci19.org

Devotee scientists and scholars from around the world gathered to share their most up-to-date research in fields relating to consciousness and science.

Summer BIHS Ambassador Speaking Tours

Mauricio Garrido (Murali Gopal) travels as a BIHS ambassador

2018: June – August; England, Wales, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Russia​
2019: June – August; England, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, India​

Mysteries of the Sacred Universe Workshops

  • PART 1: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Sacred Universe May 19-21, 2017; Alachua FL​
  • PART 2: Mysteries of the Sacred Universe 2
    June 16, 2018; Bhakti Center, NYC
    Mauricio Garrido, as the workshop facilitator, explored the four Vedic cosmography models presented in R. L. Thompson’s Mysteries of the Sacred Universe. Attendees deepened their understanding of the Bhagavatam’s 5th Canto by gaining insight into the scientific significance of the Puranic universe.

Bhakti Yoga and Science:

Exploring A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s vision for the Bhaktivedanta Institute in the 21st Century
November 13, 2016; Alachua FL

Focusing on how Bhaktivedanta Swami’s teachings have been developed and articulated in the early 21st century, this conference highlighted developments from some of those on the forefront of the encounter between Krishna consciousness and the sciences.

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