Senior Life Institute: Hinduism

Senior Life Institute: Hinduism

Senior Life Institute is back for a Fall Session presenting a look at Hinduism. In these four sessions, we will learn about the foundations of Hinduism, compare and contrast Hinduism and Christianity, discover how Hinduism is practiced in India and the West, take a virtual tour of a Hindu Temple, Experience Yoga postures, breathing techniques and more!

SESSION #1 FOUNDATIONS OF THE HINDU RELIGION
Thursday, Oct. 5 @ 10:00 am–1:30pm

 Chuck Stoner, retired Hempfield High School Non-Western World Cultures Teacher and Collector of Asian Art, will introduce us to the Hindu Religion by explaining, the origins of Hinduism, Hindu terms, Gods, Goals, Nirvana and Moksha

SESSION #2  FOUNDATIONS OF THE HINDU RELIGION (PART 2) AND AN INTRODUCTION OF VEDANTA: THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION OF HINDUISM
Thursday, October 19@10:00 am–1:30pm

Chuck Stoner returns for the first morning session to complete his session one topics.  In addition, he will provide clarity of understanding for difficult Hindu concepts.

Dr. Jeffery Long, Prof. of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, is a prolific author and popular lecturer of many Hindu topics.  During the second morning session, he will present on Vedanta, the differences and similarities of Christianity and Hinduism, and the importance of Diwali (the Hindu holiday celebrating victory of light over darkness)

SESSION #3 HINDUISM IN PRACTICE
Thursday, Nov.2 @10:00 am–1:30pm

 Dr. Jeffery Long returns for both morning sessions to present on the practice of Hinduism in India and the West.  Subtopics will include caste in India as a social system not connected to the Hindu religion, Dr. Long’s decision to convert to Hinduism after being raised in the Catholic faith, and Jainism (an ancient world religion originating in India with some similarities to the Hindu religion).

SESSION #4  HINDU ART, ARCHITECTURE AND YOGA
Thursday, Nov. 16 @10:00 am-1:30pm

Chuck Stoner, for a final presentation, shares his photographs of the Hindu – Jain Center, Wappingers Falls, NY in virtual tour form, along with commentary on Hindu Art and Architecture as it relates to the Center. Chuck’s personal collection of Hindu Art will be on display.

Ms. Julie Cramer, owner of Half Moon Yoga Studio, Elizabethtown, will provide an adapted, authentic yoga session for all participants to enjoy in their seat.  The Session will offer yoga in asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) chanting and meditation.


The cost is $50 for all four sessions or $15 for each individual session; all prices include lunch. To register, CLICK HERE to download the registration form and drop is off at the church office or mail to: Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601. You can also register on Sunday mornings at the Senior Life Institute kiosk on Sunday mornings in the Narthex,  or stop by the church office. Payment must accompany your registrationDeadline is Thursday, Oct. 19. Download the full brochure HERE.