Uberoi Teacher Training Institute (UTTI) Summer 2018
Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism in India

During this three week course, teachers will learn about and engage with religious leaders and scholars of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism at four locations in India.

The program will begin with a general overview and orientation and the immersive study of the Jaina faith at Jain Vallabh Smarak in Alipur, north Delhi, July 4 through 7. The program participants will then travel to Amritsar on July 8, and take up residence at Guru Nanak Dev University learning about Sikhism from July 9 through July 12. On July 13, they will travel by train to Haridwar and study at Dev Sanskriti University from July 14 to 18, including a day of service. On July 19 they will fly from Dehradun through Delhi to Varanasi. They will study at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath from July 20 through 23 and make a presentation to the Uberoi Trustees on July 24.


July 4 through 7: Jain Vallabh Smarak with Professors Chapple and Nirinjan Khalsa
Day One: Introduction to India and overview of Jainism, including lives of Tirthankaras
Day Two: Vows and practices: ahiṃsā, satya, asteya, brahmacarya, aparigraha
Day Three: Jaina Cosmology: Karma, Microcosm, Macrocosm
Day Four: Jaina Puja, Yoga, Meditation
July 8: train to Amritsar
July 9 through 12: Guru Nanak Dev University with Professor Nirinjan Khalsa
Day One: Kabir and Guru Nanak
Day Two: The Legacy of Sikh Gurus
Day Three: Sikhism in Modern History
Day Four: Sikh Devotionalism and Music
July 13: travel to Haridwar by train
July 14-18: Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya with Professor Mugdha Yeolekar
Day One: Vedas and Upanisads
Day Two: Krishna and Rama
Day Three: Śiva and Śakti
Day Four: Yoga and Meditation
Day Five: Karma Yoga: Gardening and Cows and Paper and Weaving
July 19: flight to Varanasi
July 20-23: Buddhist University in Sarnath with Professor Mugdha Yeolekar
Day One: Life of the Buddha
Day Two: Theravada / Samatha / Vipassana
Day Three: Mahayana / Way of the Bodhisattva
Day Four: Vajrayana / Buddhist Tantra / Ritual
July 24: Presentations to Uberoi Trustees
July 25: Students depart for additional travel or for home from Varanasi

The textbook for the course will be the Uberoi-supported volume on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism published by I.B. Tauris and edited by Uberoi grantee Professor Veena Howard of Cal State Fresno.