Recent and Upcoming Events

Richard L. Thompson (Sadaputa) Lecture Series

Beginning on February 4, 2023, BIHS Headquarters, Gainesville FL

Thompson (1947–2008), a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, published many technical papers, articles for Back to Godhead (BTG), and numerous books dealing with the relationship between science and Vedanta. He extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and developed multimedia expositions on these topics. In this lecture series we will systematically explore Sadaputa’s books in chronological order, beginning with Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science (1981), with an aim toward developing a deeper understanding of his pioneering work and its implications concerning further research.

This event will be open to the public and available remotely via Zoom

BI Legacy Seminar: Toward Fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s Vision

July 30 – 31, 2022, BIHS Headquarters, Gainesville FL

ISKCON congregational members gathered from around the world to share their memories of Bhaktivedanta Institute history and discuss ongoing concerns in order to enrich our appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s aspirations for the Institute. These insights are helping to define the BI, BIHS, and other BI initiatives, and to develop future goals in a cooperative spirit that explore new territory while remaining grounded in Prabhupada’s vision.

The Nature of Spacetime and the Evolving Universe:
Exploring Puranic Cosmology

February 19-20, 2022, BIHS Headquarters, Gainesville FL

This workshop discussed ongoing research into the nature of spacetime and the origin and fate of the universe from a Puranic perspective. Both empirical and philosophical gaps are becoming more and more appreciated and acknowledged by the working scientific community. Therefore, it is paramount for devotee scholars to collaborate with the intention of developing a broad mathematical and experiential framework consistent with both traditional Indic and modern scientific cosmology.

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Neuro Workshop – Mind-Brain Interface

December 17–19, 2021, BIHS Headquarters, Gainesville FL

This workshop focused on probing the mind-brain/mind-body interface as an initial step toward formulating a consolidated theory concerning the relationship between the subtle and the physical.

Models and memes and maps: A modern journey through ancient cosmography

November 21-22, 2020, BIHS Headquarters, Gainesville FL

The workshop aimed to develop a unified framework for intellectual discourse involving 5th Canto Puranic cosmographical models. It considered existing models in the light of such a framework while exploring new research with the potential to enhance the already rich tradition of scholarship surrounding this important topic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summer BIHS Ambassador Speaking Tours

Mauricio Garrido (Murali Gopal) travels as a BIHS ambassador

2018: June – August; England, Wales, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Russia.

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2019: June – August; England, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, India.

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Mysteries of the Sacred Universe Workshops

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.

  • PART 1: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Sacred Universe, May 19-21, 2017; Alachua FL.

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  • PART 2: Mysteries of the Sacred Universe 2, June 16, 2018; Bhakti Center, NYC

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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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