Learning at the Temple

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As a “Learning Temple,” we offer various programs, classes and workshops on topics related to Sri Vidya, the Tamil Saiva tradition, and Sanatana Dharma, for learners of all ages and varying levels of prior exposure to these traditions.

These are always announced by email and also listed in our current Class Calendar. To receive emails about learning opportunities, please sign up to receive Temple News. The video below provides an overview of our offerings and instructions on using Google Classroom, which is used to deliver many of our classes.

Classes

We offer classes throughout the year on topics related to Sri Vidya and Sanatana Dharma. Most classes are live streamed for the benefit of remote learners. Some classes require initiation. For information on classes planned for this year, please visit our Class Calendar page and sign up to receive Temple News. Please also make sure to look at the Class Archives for information about completed classes. Our classes are free. Donations to support the temple’s learning mission are gratefully accepted.

Vibhuti Saivaite Immersion (VSI) Summer Youth Program

VSI, our flagship learning program, offers an immersive learning experience for children aged 10 to 18. Now in its 17th year, VSI brings children together to the Temple premises for a week of immersion in the rich traditions of Sanatana Dharma and Saiva culture. For more information, please see the VSI page.

Youth Learning Sessions

The temple conducts “Youth Learning Sessions” (YLS) for youth aged 13 to 26 approximately once a month. The sessions, which are held over a weekend or the week-long Winter Break, include a mix of classes and seva opportunities, along with participation in regular Temple pujas and activities. For more information, please see Youth Learning Sessions (YLS).

Bala Vidya

The temple holds monthly “Bala Vidya” classes for children of age 5-12, so that kids can learn about our cultural, spiritual and religious traditions. Children listen to stories, learn bhajans and slokas, and engage in fun activities both within the temple and on the beautiful outside grounds when weather permits. For more information on classes for young adults and kids, please see the Bala Vidya page.

Sanskrit Chanting Classes

The temple conducts a weekly chanting class covering Vedic suktams and stotrams of interest to the temple community. These are live streamed, and free and open to all. Please see our learning resources page for links to class recordings, downloadable texts, and multimedia self-learning resources.

Workshops

From time to time, Sri Chaitanyananda (Haran Aiya) offers public workshops on topics like Sri Vidya, the why’s and how’s of performing puja, traditional Saiva culture, the need and purpose for the Hindu samskaras, and more. There is always time for Q&A, and Aiya welcomes all sincere questions on every aspect of Hinduism, spirituality, and Devi worship.

Archives

Archived class materials and video recordings for select classes and workshops are available via the SVTS class archives.

SVTS CLASS ARCHIVES

Please email learning@srividya.org for any questions or suggestions about our learning programs.