Akhandadhi dasa was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1954 and studied architecture at Bristol University. In 1975 he entered an ashram in the UK to study Vedanta philosophy and took monastic vows. He served as Principal of Bhaktivedanta Manor Theological College from 1982-1995. He has served on the Central Religious Advisory Board for the BBC and has been a regular contributor on BBC since 1989. He is a founder-member of the Science and Philosophy Initiative, a multi-disciplinary association exploring the issues of consciousness & physical systems. His specialized area of interest is the nature of consciousness.
The Bhaktivedanta Institute for the 21st Century
This seminar discusses the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s role in ISKCON in the 21st Century. We will present our recent work creating active sanga among scientific-minded devotees and our long-term vision for enabling scientists and other academics to appreciate Krishna Consciousness. Front-line preachers, devotees generally interested in modern science, and devotees who want to learn about the scientific basis of Krishna Consciousness will benefit from this seminar. We will review and provide fresh insights into Srila Prabhupada’s desires for the Bhaktivedanta Institute and how these desires intersect cutting-edge issues in modern science. We will discuss strategies for meaningful dialogue with the scientific community and empower attendees with tools for engaging in their own preaching work. There will be ample time for group discussion with our devotee-scientists.