Updated: February 2013

MAJOR SCHOOLS OF INDIAN PHILOSOPHYTheir impact on India’s Civilizational Heritage and Contemporary Relevance
a series of talk
in collaboration with the India International Centre

The talk series will explore some of the important philosophical traditions and the impact they have had on the Indian Mind. We hope to help cultivate a deeper understanding of India's civilizational heritage in a manner that is accessible to a lay person. To start with we plan to look at Sāmkhya, Yoga, Nyāya, Vaiśeşika, Pūrva, Mīmāmsa and Uttara Mīmāmsa that advanced Vedic ideas & philosophies. In time we hope to look at the philosophies of The Mahābhārata, Śankara/Rāmānuja, Buddhism/Jainism, Ramakriṣhṇa/Vivekānanda and the four yogas (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Hatha) etc.


12th February, 2013, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003


the Primordial and Overriding System of Indian Thought"
Prof. S. R. Bhatt

Author, Scholar, Philosopher & Teacher

Reputed as an eminent philosopher and an international scholar Professor S. R. Bhatt is considered as an authority on Ancient Indian Culture, Buddhism, Jainism and Vedanta. His research areas include Indian Philosophy, Logic, Epistemology, Ethics, Value-theory, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion, Social and Political Thought etc. He retired as Professor and Head, and Coordinator of UGC Special Assistance Programme, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi. He also served as Professor and Head, Dept. of Philosophy, M. S. University, Vadodara. He was General President of Indian Philosophical Congress and Akhil Bharatiya Darshan Parishad (All India Philosophy Association). He has lectured in many universities of different countries and is a member of many national and international associations. He is a Member of Board of Advisors and Regional Coordinator of Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C., USA, which has brought out more than 260 volumes on world cultures and civilizations.

He has authored and edited many books which include The Philosophy of Pancharatra; Studies in Ramanuja Vedanta; Knowledge, Values and Education; Buddhist Epistemology; The Concepts of Atman and Paramatman in Indian Thought; Vedic Wisdom, Cultural Inheritance and Contemporary Life; Juche Social and Political Philosophy; Major Religions of the World; Applied Philosophy, Value Theory and Business Ethics; Buddhist Thought and Culture in India and Korea(Ed.); Buddhist Thought and Culture in India and Japan (Ed.); Glimpses of Buddhist Thought and Culture(Ed.); Knowledge, Culture and Value(Ed.); Reality, Knowledge and value(Ed.); Nyayamanjari of Jayanta Bhatta.


14th March, 2013, 6:30 pm
Seminar Hall 2&3 (New Building)India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003
Dr. K. P. Shankaran
Author, Lecturer & Professor

Dr. K.P. Shankaran retired as an Associate Professor from the St. Stephen's College, Delhi, in June 2012. He had taught Philosophy in the College from 1985.He also taught "Political Philosophy" and "Gandhian Thoughts " in the Philosophy Department of the Delhi University. Earlier he worked as a Lecturer of Philosophy at the Madras Christian College, Chennai. Dr. Shankaran has authored a book titled "Marx and Freud on Religion". He has written articles on Gandhi and is currently working on a book on Brancusi, a Romania-born French Sculptor.

17th April, 2013, 6:30 pmSeminar Hall 2&3 (New Building)India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

Prof. V. N. Jha
Author, Researcher, Scholar & Teacher
Professor V. N. Jha, is the Former Director of the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune. Born in 1946 in West Bengal and educated in Bengal, Varanasi, and Pune up to Ph.D. He also received traditional training under the feet of Pdt. Srinivasa Sastrygal and Sivaramakrishnan Sastrygal; authored and edited over 50 books and over 100 research articles related with Indian intellectual traditions; taught in Nagoya university (Japan), Lausanne University (Switzerland), Humboldt University (Germany) and Mahatma Gandhi Institute (Mauritius) as visiting professor; areas of special interest: Indian philosophical systems and Indian intellectual culture.      

Insights into Contemporary Feminine Spirituality

a series of talk
in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre

This monthly lecture series aims to provide a platform to women spiritual leaders, teachers and practitioners to share their insights and personal experiences of the spiritual journey. According to an ancient saying, ‘There are as many paths as there are seekers.’ What it points to is a multiplicity of paths, where one comes into being each time a seeker undertakes the journey within, even if it is according to the broad template of a pre-existing wisdom tradition. Through these monthly lectures, we hope for a glimpse into the many paths that have enriched this land since times immemorial. Because we recognise that often, women have been marginalised in mainstream religions due to socially prevalent patriarchal norms, we offer them this avenue to speak about their experiences, and bring their understanding to bear upon the issues we all face in our daily lives. In the choice of speakers, as many different wisdom traditions as possible will be represented.


13th February, 2013, 7:00 pm

Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003

Dr. Syeda Hameed

Eminent social activist and Member, Planning Commission of India, Dr. Syeda Hameed will speak about women’s spiritual path from the perspective of Islam. Dr. Hameed is founder of Muslim Women’s Forum, Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia, South Asians for Human Rights and the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. She is Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, and has been Member, National Commission for Women. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007.


13th March, 2013, 7:00 pm
Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is a PhD in psychology from Stanford University, USA. She came to Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, in 1996 and took sanyas diksha in 2000 from Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion. She is president, Divine Shakti Foundation, dedicated to bringing education and empowerment to poor women and children, oversees humanitarian programmes run by India Heritage Research Foundation, and was managing editor of the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism.

a series of monthly screenings

in collaboration with the India International Centre


6th February, 2013, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

A film directed by Suzanne Wagner
60 Minutes

The film is a fascinating encounter with one of the great pioneers of our age- Carl Jung. It explores Jung’s Red Book in which he described his dreams and fantasies and recorded the unconscious images with paintings. These images, along with Jung’s reflections over their possible meaning, are featured throughout the film. The film also features rare interviews with Jung where he talks at length about his life and work.

“Grandly informal footage of Jung, who presents his ideas with the greatest clarity.”
-Los Angeles Times


8th March, 2013, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

A film directed by Mironel De Wilde
52 minutes
 The documentary traces the aspirations, practices and beliefs of three young people who follow different eastern spiritual traditions. Shot in picturesque locales of India and Turkey, the film explores the worlds of people who have declined Western spiritual traditions and have sought new transcendent meaning in their lives.
  •  Official Selection, European Spiritual Film Festival, 2008
  • Official Selection, Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival 2007
  • Official Selection, Maui Film Festival, 2007
“…a soul-provoking look into the deeper meaning of life”
11th April, 2013, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCEA film directed by Charles Kinnane
  90 minutes
 In this world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men, in their bid to understand the true essence of the human spirit, visits forgotten corners of the world. They visit homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and lepers in Ghana and bring to us a heart-warming film that narrates stories that showcase the depth and the compassion that goes into the formation of a human life, a human experience.
  • Winner, Audience Choice Award, American Cinematic Experience Festival, 2009
  • Winner, Best Dramatic Documentary, DocuFest Atlanta, 2009
  • Winner, Grand Jury Award, Mexico International Film Festival, 2009
  • Winner, Best Spiritual Film, Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival, 2009
“The Human Experience Wins”
-The Hollywood Reporter

9th May, 2013, 6:30 pm

Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

A film directed by Michael Whyte, 105 minutes
105 minutes
 A highly acclaimed, multiple award winning documentary, this film is an account of the life inside the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in London’s Nottinghill. The film offers a unique insight into the closed world of the nuns of the monastery wherein each of the modern world’s material necessity is rejected. The interviews of the nuns tell a tale of their faiths, their moments of doubt, their beliefs in prayers and their lives.
  • Award of Excellence, Canada International Film Festival, 2010
  • Audience Award, Best Feature, Britspotting Film Festival, 2009
  • Grand Prize, International Festival of Cinema and Religion, 2010
  • Winner, Audience Choice Award, American Cinematic Experience Festival, 2009
“Thoughtful, Poignant, and Humbling.”
- The Independent


6th June, 2013, 6:30 pm
 India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003

SPIRITUAL WARRIORSA film directed by David Raynr
99 minutes
 The film highlights the age old saying, 'Every life has a purpose'. It’s the story of Finn, an out-of-work actor involved in a messy drug deal, who forms an intriguing friendship with Roger- a compelling and patient spiritual teacher. It is under his guidance that Finn realises the truth of his spiritual nature and the purpose of his life. The film heralds love as the source of all inspiration, motivation and success. 
  • Official Selection, Toronto Indie Can Film Festival, 2007
  • Official Selection, Tel Aviv Spirits Film Festival, 2007
  • Official Selection, Cairo International Film Festival, 2007
“The film is a terrific voyage, a memorable journey through the 
light and dark of our lives and ultimately to hope.”
- Victor Salva, director, Peaceful Warrior and Powder

4th July, 2013, 6:30 pm
Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi - 110003
ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS: FACING DEATHA film directed by Stefan Haupt
98 minutes
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, psychiatrist, achieved international fame through her work with terminally ill patients. She founded a healing centre (later destroyed by arsonists) in Virginia and lectured widely on de-stigmatizing death. Conversations with her form the core of the film and through these, she revisits her life, her work and her relationships.

  • Official Selection, Swiss Film Prize, 2004
“Never morbid or depressing... this is a powerful and thoughtful film.”
- Video Librarian
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