Monthly Archives: November 2010

Session 8C: Effectively Integrating Youth and Young Adults into Mandirs

Session 8C: Effectively Integrating Youth and Young Adults into Mandirs

A society’s strength is only as deep as the extent of its shared common valuesand morals. Educating our youth about a common set of Hindu values,concepts and traditions in a planned and systematic way will go a long way ininstilling in our traditions, values and Dharma. The challenge is to infuse themessage with sufficient fun so that enjoyment and learning go hand-in-hand.Explore ways of anchoring Hindu Dharma’s eternal values in the hearts ofcoming generations and roles which mandirs can play to make that happen.

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Session 5: It’s All About Collaboration

Session 5: It’s All About Collaboration

What can we accomplish collectively that we cannot as individual mandirs? How can we organize for success? Quite often devotee groups in mandirs develop differences over period of time and end up starting mandirs of their own. This process repeats again and again; dividing us in to smaller and smaller groups based on narrow beliefs, religious practices, and linguistic grounds; and makes us ponder why we are not united. Operating in isolation with no regular connections to the other Hindu temples in the region, mandirs tend to focus only on specific elements of worship practices. Going beyond these aspects and placing more emphasis on spirituality can benefit the entire Hindu community in the region. Benefits include sharing of resources and participation in major events, coordination of visits from Gurus and Swamis,and assistance from other temples during times of need.

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Session 4: Sharing Hindu Community Presence Through Festivals & Seva

Session 4: Sharing Hindu Community Presence Through Festivals & Seva

Major festivals celebrations at Hindu Temples can become an opportunity to share with the local community. Temples are not only places of worship but centers of art, culture and Seva. Hindu festivals, in addition to being colorful and joyful, are imbued with deep spiritual and social significance. The art forms of India have their roots in the temples and serve as a tool for learning as well as teaching of the sublime. Seva offerings during festivals can include a mini health fair or a food drive for the mainstream community.

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Session 10: Management and Administration of Mandirs

Session 10: Management and Administration of Mandirs

There are several common elements as to how the majority of temples in the US came into existence and flourished. However, only a small percentage has spent the time to develop strategic planning and tangible metrics to measure their attainment. This approach will necessitate assessment of their current status, re-evaluation of their practices and instituting appropriate changes for sustained growth. What are the best practices that have been used by successful mandirs, large and small? What are the constraints under which mandirs operate? What are the practical issues facing the mandirs and methods for their resolution?

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