- 10.30 AM Registrations
- 11.00 AM Inauguration
- 11.05 AM Panel of speakers
- 12.30 PM Lunch Break (Lunch Provided)
- 1.15 PM Workshops
- 2.15 PM Q&A with panel
- 3.00 PM Close
Panel of Speakers
• What is Dharma? – Swami Aparokshananda
• What does the Buddha-dharma offer us? – Dharmachari Sujiv
• The Sacred and the Secular view – Venerable Ani Jangchub Lhamo
• Why is Dharma becoming mainstream? – Ashoka Tilakasuta
1) What do we do with our desires? by Venerable Carolyn Lawler
2) How to lead a Dharma based life? by Swamini Amritananda
3) Dharma tools to face life’s challenges – by Dharmachari Sujiva
4) Discover your Swadharma – by Swami Aparokshananda
You can select one of the 4 different workshop sessions listed above in the 1:15pm slot on your arrival at the registration desk. There is no extra charge to attend these workshops and they are all run concurrently so you can only attend one of them.
About VEDA Festival
VEDA festival is a knowledge festival, which is a first of its kind in New Zealand. The term ‘VEDA’ means ‘knowledge, wisdom’ and comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘vid’ which means to ‘to know’. The festival endeavours to bring together experts, thinkers, intellectuals and practitioners to share the deeper truths about life and its mysteries.
A unique feature of this knowledge festival is its focus on living-wisdom which is a lived experience rather than just knowledge. This festival is in its second year and is already gaining attention from all sections of our society, as more people seek expert wisdom of the experts and their time-tested knowledge.
What topics are discussed?
Last year, in 2018 the festival theme was ‘KARMA’, which is one of the most intriguing and misunderstood concepts today. This year in 2019, the theme is ‘DHARMA’ which has been the core value of the Eastern civilization for centuries till today.
Aims of the knowledge festival
The festival aims to provide our communities with a dynamic 21st-century platform to gain the wisdom of the experts who follow a scientific, intellectual and spiritual templates of thought. The festival will also provide a platform to share, research and gain more clarity on the deeper topics of life and concepts related to life. To decode this concept, we are inviting experts from the field of psychology, parapsychology and philosophy. The expert practitioners will contribute in panel discussions, conduct workshops on practices that offer a roadmap for our lives.
What are some of the highlights of the VEDA festival?
Common platform for all New Zealanders to gain the wisdom of life – Dedicated to people who like to think about living, its purpose and many issues related to life – Featuring distinguished speakers from Australia, India and New Zealand who will share their expertise on various topics – Roundup panel discussions with Q&A – Breakout sessions on life-knowledge and guided reflection that transform our lives – Covering a broad range of topics with a focus on values, life-changing concepts – Opportunity to mingle with speakers, researchers, teachers informally.
Who are the participants
The VEDA festival is a community event and is open to all New Zealanders. All are welcome.
Who are the speakers
The VEDA festival is a celebration of the ancient wisdom and knowledge of life, brought out through the medium of a symposium, where different viewpoints and perspectives will be shared by experts, scholars and practitioners. A knowledge festival of this nature endeavours to bring together experts, thinkers, intellectuals and practitioners to share the deeper truths about life and its mysteries. This festival aims to bring the benefits of promoting life wisdom to the wider community. It is being organized on a not-for-profit basis by Chinmaya Mission New Zealand to spread the benefits of the time- tested science of life which has benefited many civilizations for centuries.