Events

Richard L. Thompson Lecture Series: Thompson (1947–2008), also know as Sadaputa das, was a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute who published numerous technical papers, essays, and books dealing with the relationship between science and Vedānta. He extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and developed multimedia expositions on these topics. This lecture series systematically explores Thompson's writings, with an aim toward developing a deeper appreciation of his pioneering work, and its implications concerning further research.

 

Mysteries of the Sacred Universe: The Cosmology of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa

Date: August 24 – November 30, 2024 and January 11 – May 3, 2025; BIHS Library, Gainesville FL  (11 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Eastern Time)

The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies will be hosting a lecture series on Sadaputa’s Mysteries of the Sacred Universe on alternate Saturdays at the BIHS Library Headquarters in Gainesville, Florida, 11am – 12:30 pm EST. This is the fourth work offered in this ongoing series.

This event is open to the public and available via Zoom. For event schedule, details, and ZOOM info, click here.

Parallels [Alien Identities]: Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena

Date: February 3 – July 20, 2024; BIHS Library Headquarters, Gainesville FL  (11 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. EST)

The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies is hosting this lectures series on alternate Saturdays, 11am – 12:30 pm EST, at the BIHS Library Headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. The series is currently presenting his third book, Parallels: Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena (1993). 

This event is open to the public and available via Zoom. For event schedule, details, and ZOOM info, click here.

Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy (1989)

Date: July 1 – November 4, 2023; Gainesville, Florida

Thompson (1947–2008), a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, published many technical papers, articles for Back to Godhead (BTG), and numerous books dealing with the relationship between science and Vedānta. He extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and developed multimedia expositions on these topics. This lecture series is systematically exploring Sadaputa’s books in chronological order, with an aim toward developing a deeper understanding of his pioneering work and its implications concerning further research.

Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science (1981)

Date: February 4 – June 10, 2023; Gainesville, Florida

Richard Thompson, a founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, published numerous technical papers and books dealing with the relationship between science and Vedānta. He extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and developed multimedia expositions on these topics.This lecture series we will systematically explore Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science (1981), with an aim toward developing a deeper understanding of his pioneering work and its implications concerning further research.

Vedic Cosmology Conference

Date: November 17–19, 2023; Gainesville, Florida

The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies hosted an international conference in November, 2023 that drew upon its prior workshops concerning contemporary as well as traditional research into the mysteries of the Puranic concept of “universe.” One of the primary objectives of this conference was to present this work to a broader audience in a disciplined scholarly manner.

Vedic Cosmology Workshop III

Date: February 19–20, 2022; Gainesville, Florida 

This workshop discussed ongoing research into the nature of spacetime and the origin and fate of the universe from a Purāṇic perspective. Both empirical and philosophical gaps are becoming more and more appreciated and acknowledged by the working scientific community. Therefore, it is paramount for devotee scholars to collaborate with the intention of developing a broad mathematical and experiential framework consistent with both traditional Indic and modern scientific cosmology.

Vedic Cosmology Workshop II 

Date: November 21-22, 2020; Gainesville, Florida

The workshop aimed to develop a unified framework for intellectual discourse involving 5th Canto Purāṇic cosmographical models. It considered existing models in the light of such a framework while exploring new research with the potential to enhance the already rich tradition of scholarship surrounding this important topic.

Vedic Cosmology Workshop I

Date: October 31 – November 2, 2019; Gainesville, Florida

This workshop explored the past, present, and future study of Puranic cosmography within ISKCON, as it relates to the ongoing development of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

Seminar on the Cosmology of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa​ 

Date: May 19 – 21, 2017; Alachua, Florida

The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies presented this workshop to cultivate insight into the mysteries of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s description of Vedic cosmography, as well as to equip participants to meet the challenge of presenting Śrīla Prabhupāda’s vision of the Purāṇic universe in an understandable way.