The Beautiful Tree Program
Diaspora Hindu parents are saddled with the unenviable task of raising their children in what qualifies as near hostile environments. According to a recent study from the UK 51% of parents of Hindu school students reported that their children experienced anti-Hindu hate in schools, though only 1% was reported. A whopping 81% of parents reported that schools fall short of identifying anti-Hindu hate. Though the report is based on data from the UK, anecdotal evidence from many Hindu parents in the USA strongly suggests the prevalence of the very same problems.
In addition, American academia has taken a turn for the worse with many universities supporting or tolerating anti-Hindu bias targeting their students. Mainstream media and social media too are replete with anti-Hindu hate as is American politics. A lot of anti-Hindu hate can be traced back to the school curriculum and the way Hinduism is presented and taught to children. Typically the complex metaphysics of Hinduism is reduced to ‘caste’, ‘idol worship’, ‘polytheism’, and such stereotypes.
Not surprisingly Hindu children are so traumatized by the time they graduate from universities that many disown their heritage and religion. While this phenomenon is very common in the diaspora, very few parents are courageous enough to make their heartbreaking ordeal public.
The problem is exacerbated by the absence of an evidence-based presentation of Dharmic history, thought and understanding of the actual lived reality of Hindus.
Hindu Parents Network presents The Beautiful Tree program in order to address these shortfalls. The program covers a wide range of topics related to Dharmic worldview beginning with the introduction of Hindu Dharma, latest research on the rich history of the Indian subcontinent, the essentials of a Hindu way of life and ensuring that posterity inherits our precious civilizational memory. The program is fashioned in a way that is simple and diaspora Hindu kids find relatable.
Following are the overarching goals of the Beautiful Tree Program
- Fostering Hindu values and a plural vision of life
- Positive Hindu American/Canadian identity rooted in Dharma
- A broader yet nuanced understanding of Hindu dharma & Indian history
- Filling the gaps in the temple weekly program and parental teaching
While Hindu kids will highly benefit from the program at a personal level by improving their own understanding of their ancestors and their way of life, it also serves as a greater good for our complex world by preserving ancient ideas which enabled a huge multi-cultural, multi-racial, multilingual population coexist peacefully, creating and sustaining a civilization that stood the test of time despite myriad differences, environmental challenges, invasions, and colonization.
The program is divided into the following courses.
Each course approximately lasts for 12-18 weeks (approximate estimate).
Access and Timing
The sessions will be hosted on zoom on weekly basis. There are four existing batches (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Each quarter will have its own theme covering one of the following topics.
- Hindu Dharma Basics
Hindu Dharma Intermediate
Ancient Hindu History
Medieval India and Colonization
Dharma and social justice
Misconceptions against Hindu Dharma