Join us on August 22nd, 2015 at 5 pm to 8.00 pm - at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, San Jose On that day, in support of the Hindu Studies initiative at Berkeley. On that day we will announce a major gift that will endow the "Center for Dharma Studies" at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. At this event, you will learn more about the rapid progress being made in establishing the study of Hindu Dharma, in Berkeley and also have an opportunity to participate in the process.

On this occasion Dr. Graham Schweig will speak on the topic THE IMPORTANCE OF HINDU “THEOLOGY”. He will explain how a theological orientation to the study of sacred texts reveals deeper meanings than those uncovered by a secular liberal orientation of study, with examples from the Bhagavad Gita. Dr. Riess Potterveld, will speak about the unique opportunity that the Graduate Theological Union offers for Hindu Studies. Dr. Rita Sherma will share a vision for the Center for Dharma Studies, and Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan will announce the progress being made, and the road map ahead.

About Dr. Graham Schweig

Dr. Graham Schweig received his Ph.D. in comparative religion from Harvard University, with a specialization on classical sacred Sanskrit literature. He is currently a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. He has received several recognitions for his teaching, including the highest award his university grants for excellence in teaching and mentoring in 2013.

He has been a resident fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University as well as a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies. He is also a serious practitioner of meditational and devotional Yoga since the age of 14 years under the guidance of traditional teachers. He was recognized as one of the top fifty teachers of Yoga in the US by Yoga Journal Conferences, and was awarded the highest teaching recognition, E-RYT 500, by Yoga Alliance. He has been inducted by the Oxford-Cambridge-Royal Society of the Arts as their chief senior academic consultant on Hindu studies for the United Kingdom educational system. He has been an invited lecturer at the Smithsonian institution since 2007 for two and half dozen lectures on various topics of world religions and mysticism. Has traveled to India eight times and has been an external doctoral dissertation advisor and examiner for candidates in the US, the UK, and Australia.

He has translated many sacred Sanskrit texts, and focuses on classical yoga philosophy and love i.e. Bhakti mysticism in the traditions of the world. Dr. Schweig has written over one hundred published pieces for encyclopedia volumes, journals, and books, as well as producing several books published by Harper Collins, Princeton University Press, and Oxford University Press. He is completing two books for Columbia University Press, and at least two titles have been requested by the senior editor of Yale University Press.

Dr. Schweig is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the Bhagavad Gita, the world’s most read sacred text after the Bible and Qur’an, following the publication of his translation of the Sanskrit text and his commentary with Harper Collins. His translation is widely used in universities and in yoga centers in the US and Europe. Dr. Schweig has been Senior Editor of the international periodical, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, for over 13 years. He is also regarded one of the leading teachers of Yoga philosophy in the US and has conducted over the years numerous teacher trainings.


About Dr. Riess Potterveld

Riess Potterveld is President of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), from July 1, 2013. GTU is a consortium of nine seminaries and various centers and affiliates comprising one of the largest interreligious centers in the U.S. Previously he served as president of Pacific School of Religion (2010-2013), where he had earlier directed seminary development, and of Lancaster Theological Seminary (2002-2010). He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Dr. Potterveld earned his Master’s in Divinity (M.Div.) from Yale Divinity School and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles, California. He has taught courses in transformational leadership and the practical skills of ministry. He preaches and speaks widely on issues of church and society and offers workshops on the interface between spirituality and art.

Riess previously served as senior minister of The Congregational Church of Northridge, California for 18 years. While at Northridge, he also lectured in the religious studies department of California State University, Northridge, where he received the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award in 1988.

Riess was the co-founder and for three years, beginning in 1986, the president of The Valley Shelter, a large multi-service shelter for homeless people in the San Fernando Valley.

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