Garuda Das, Ph.D. (ACBSP) will hold the following discussion and shāstric-based seminars:
(1) EDITING PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS:
Critical tensions that Krishna wants us to address together
Amazing things happen when devotees put their hearts together as well as their intellects. In this seminar we will look at the wider issues regarding the editing of Prabhupada’s books as well as the specific debated and controversial issues.
(2) TOUCHING THE HEARTS OF DEVOTEES:
Developing deeper connections with other devotees in Bhakti Sanga
Prabhupāda so wanted his society to foster loving and trusting relationships among devotees. Together we will explore ways that greater closeness with other devotees is possible for building a stronger ISKCON. In this seminar we will demonstrate how Bhakti scriptures advocate greater sensitivity to the thoughts and feelings of others.
(3) OPEN-TOPIC SEMINAR:
Bring your most perplexing questions about Krishna consciousness
Together we will address the difficult questions, the challenging questions that often devotees hesitate to raise. We will experience in this safe forum that there are no questions that cannot be addressed by the coming together of sincere devotees in sanga.
Garuda Das, Ph.D. was the first devotee to return to the academic world to become an expert on Vaishnava theology. A devotee since 1972, an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada, returned to the academic world in 1976 and earned two master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a doctorate in comparative religion from Harvard. With a background in pastoral studies, Garuda Das was also the first devotee to offer professional counseling services for devotees over a period of twenty years, from 1988 to 2008. He has over 100 publications including several books and several books forthcoming from prestigious publishers such as Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Harper Collins, and others. He is a senior scholar in his field and has been teaching in the university setting for over 25 years, and now has been fulfilling Prabhupāda’s desire to see a devotee-scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. And over the past ten years, Garuda Das has given over 30 invited lectures at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on topics of comparative religion. He is also one of the leading teachers of Yoga philosophy and history in the US and is recognized by Yoga Alliance with their highest registration status (E-RYT 500).