984 Summer 2020 Hinduism
Tuesday, 11:50–1:15, July 21
Instructor: Kamlesh Jain
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Worldwide some 1.15 billion people are Hindus. Hinduism is the most widely professed religion in India, Nepal, and Mauritius. It is also the predominant religion in Bali, Indonesia. (A statue of the Hindu goddess of learning, Saraswati, is installed outside the Indonesian embassy in Washington, DC.) The various schools of Hinduism share some core beliefs, including beliefs in karma, spirituality, ahimsa (non-violence), and that all living beings have atman (soul). About 80% of Indians are Hindus, for whom it is more than a religion; it is a way of life. The session will cover the history, evolution, and practices of Hinduism, focusing on its core beliefs, values, scriptures, epics, places of worship, holidays, and festivals. Hindus have been quite mobile and have created places of worship in many parts of the world.
Kamlesh Jain has a PhD in business and management from the University of Maryland. Her distinguished career has spanned a variety of positions in academia, business, and government, such as university professor, management consultant, trainer, senior manager, operations research analyst, and statistician.