Bhaktivedanta Manor Introductory Course / Bhakta Programme

Written by audarye
Wednesday, 19 August 2009

I am writing to you on behalf Manor Training and Education Department [MTE] and Bhaktivedanta Manor Brahmacari Ashram to join us for our next Bhakta Programmme – introductory education in Krishna Consciousness philosophy and practice.

This is a three month residential course starting on the 15th September 2009 and completing on the 20th December 2009.

Spiritualized Living
Learn simple living, high thinking, experience the spirituality of the temple morning program, learn to play Indian musical instruments, meet other students, temple devotees and make new friends and so much more.

The Bhakta Program to gain new skills and experience
Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week with accompanying general temple services i.e. cleaning, support in the kitchen and assisting a number of festivals.

And on other days acquire new or improve upon your existing skills and experience in the following areas; book distribution, university and home visit programs, street procession Harinam, food distribution, farming and milking cows, cooking and deity services etc

A nominal charge of £150 will be asked for the course to cover basic costs of study materials, clothing etc. Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

The syllabus
The syllabus of the Introductory Course / Bhakta Course is as follows:

Students will take part in general temple service duties and festivals together with their classroom studies.

Each Student will cover 3 handbooks entitled Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy, Vaishnava Culture.

A) Devotional Practice Covers:
1: Devotional Service
2: Daily Schedule & Appearance
3: Four Principles
4: Hearing and Chanting: Tips and Pitfalls
5: Deity Worship: Tulasi Worship
6: Holy Days and Festivals
7: Preaching, Paramapara and ISKCON
8: Cleanliness and Etiquette

B) Theology & Philosophy covers:
1: The Existence of God
2: The Search for the Absolute Truth / 3 pramanas / 4 defects
3: "You Are Not The Material Body"
4: Faith
5: The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth
6: Krishna: The Supreme Absolute Truth / The Five Primary Rasas
7: The Three Energies of the Lord
8: The Creation / Universal Time
9: Perceiving Krishna in His Creation
10: The Three Modes of Material Nature / the Law of Karma / Re-incarnation
11: Death & Liberation

C) Vaisnava Culture Covers:
1: ISKCON’s Cultural Identity
2: The Vedas
3: The Four Varnas
4: The Four Ashrams
5: Respect: The Basis of Civilisation
6: Ethics and Morality
7: Relating to Devotees with Due Respect
8: Relating to seniors, juniors, and Peers
9: Receiving a Guest
10: Fellowship and Association
11: Three Levels of Devotees
12: Offences to the Vaishnavas
13: Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee

To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded Introductory Course certificates. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada
Kanhaiya Das

Manor Training & Education
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Hilfield Lane,
WD25 8EZ

Daytime phone number: 07930 464 750

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