DCF Response to UCI’s rejection of its Gifts

DCF Response to UCI’s rejection of its Gifts

The UCI School of Humanities’ Ad hoc Committee (Download report) and the Humanities Executive Committee (Download Statement) have acted hastily to reject the gifts from Dharma Civilization Foundation, without any consultation with the donors. In part they have cited procedural issues; In part they have openly questioned the legitimacy of the Foundation. Whatever be their […]

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Tempest in a Teapot

Tempest in a Teapot

Over the past few days, media outlets have covered a boycott petition led by some University of California Irvine (UCI) faculty and students. This petition has cast aspersions and doubt on the motivations and intentions of the Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF). DCF rejects the accusations put forth both by the petition and the people who […]

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Dharma Civilization Foundation – The Opportunity and the Challenge

Dharma Civilization Foundation – The Opportunity and the Challenge

A student of Pre-modern India, of virtually any Caste or tradition, could gain access to a thorough grounding in the spiritual philosophy and value system that supplemented the family traditions and practices, and provided a context for the cultural training and learning that was imparted at home by the family. Modern India has squandered that heritage […]

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The Dharma Traditions of India

The Dharma Traditions of India

Among the religious and spiritual traditions of the world, the traditions born in the Indian sub-continent, belong to a family. They were all born from the great mother tradition called “Sanatana Dharma” that can be translated as “Eternal Dharma”. In fact the word “Religion” itself is a category of thought that is of Western origin […]

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The Why of DCF

The Why of DCF

One of the foundations of Indian Civilization (also called Indic or Bharatiya – to use a Sanskrit word) is the conception of the human potential for spiritual and transcendental realization. The primacy accorded this tendency towards the spiritual and transcendental, as well as the great plurality of perceptions of ultimate reality and the multiplicity of […]

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The Lens of Suspicion

The Lens of Suspicion

When approaching the systematic academic study of Religion in academic settings, there are two fundamental positions that a scholar may lean towards – the position of a believer of the faith tradition, or the position of a dis-believer. While these two positions – belief and dis-belief are two ends of a spectrum of possibilities, any […]

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Constitutional Confusion

Constitutional Confusion

Article 28-1 of the Indian constitution says that “No religious instruction shall be provided in any educational institution wholly maintained out of State funds”. In other words, any State funded institution whether it is a Central University (like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia or the Banaras Hindu University) or a State University like University […]

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