Archive for the ‘Sikh Research Institute’ Category

Sikhi Web Seminars

So the Sikh Research Institute is spinning up some web seminars, using WebEx. Sikhri has a track record of producing solid, well-researched, and academically defensible content. You can sign up for the web seminars at the link below. Registration is free — so go for it. I signed up for all of them. Yay. I first heard about them on sikhpulse.

Sign Up For Sikhri Seminars!

Note to Sikhri folks–I’m going to assume you are paying for WebEx. There are free/cheaper tools that do the exact same thing. Try for Adobe’s version (ConnectNow), for a startup competitor, and Google Doc’s own Presentations feature that allows syncronized content presentation over the web. How do I know this? My day job.

SikhRI: Sidak 2 week summer program

Now in it’s sixth year, Sidak is back from July 13 - 26, 2008. Organized by the Sikh Research Institute, the program creates leaders grounded firmly in the teachings of the Sikh Gurus and Guru Panth. The courses offered make it seem like the beginnings of America’s first Sikh-focused institution of higher learning: Sikhi 101 & 201, and Gurbani 101. I would certainly like to go, if not this year, then perhaps next.

Check out this great, professionally made informational video. ;)

I have also included all the associated documents after the jump.


seattle sikh retreatHey folks, the Seattle Sikh Retreat is back for 2008. It’s Memorial Day Weekend this year. It seems like it’s far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. Register by May 15 to get the early bird rates! Why should you bother attending? It’s a forum where you can get together with like-minded people and discuss your connection with Sikhi. You can learn from the speakers, engage in dialogue, and meet exciting people from around North America. We’ll have awesome sports activities (rumors are circulating of a Sikh Olympics), a beautiful campfire, and lots of nitnem, simran, and laughter. Best of all, we’ll create an open forum where we can meet each other on common ground.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the ritual of religion. As children we are taught what it is to “be good” and jump through certain socially acceptable hoops. Many of us have grown up in the United States, and we’ve learned kirtan and attended divaans at the instruction of our parents. We tell everyone that the Guru Granth Sahib is our Guru, and that its teachings will get us closer to God. Amidst all of this routine, we often leave out an important aspect of our Guru — the Guru Panth. Many people will be surprised to learn that the current Sikh guru is actually the Guru Panth and the Guru Granth. What does this mean? Who is the Guru Panth? How can we relate to it? Are we the Guru Panth? All these questions and more will be answered at the retreat. Retreats and conferences like the Seattle Sikh Retreat are a welcome reprieve from the day-to-day, and are often eye-opening and life changing experiences. Make sure you read all the positive comments on the seattle sikh retreat website!

Check out this neat video:

Disclaimer: I’m one of the organizers of the Seattle Sikh Retreat, and have been since 2005. :)

Mark of Excellence Seminar, New York

December 15, 2007
9:00 amto4:00 pm

The Sikh Research Institute has teamed up with the Sikh Coalition for a Mark of Excellence retreat. It’s a day long event this Saturday.

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Becoming Guru Centered

Mark of Excellence is a series of lectures, presentations and workshops specifically catered to meet the needs and desires of a particular audience.

Essentially, participants attend personal and community development sessions that seek to foster the Sikh values based on Gurmat traditions: Sikh scripture, history, and discipline. Other principles of universal significance are also incorporated that do not disturb the harmony of the Sikh faith.

The Sikh Research Institute offers a variety of theme-oriented sessions for emerging leaders in the community - high school, college students, young professionals and adults. Each event seeks to facilitate learning while enhancing personal development and growth for each participant.

Through each program, workshop presenters provide an opportunity for the participants to ask questions and seek an answer through discussion and interpretation.

Saturday - 15 December 2007 | 9am-4pm
Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Ave.
(69th Street and York Ave.) | New York, NY, 10021

The Guru: Connecting with the Divine Light
College Students & Young Professionals
The Sikh Coalition
$5-College Students | $10-Youth Professionals

This Mark of Excellence event will feature the following sessions:

Session I
What is Guru? - Meaning, Role & Importance

Session II
The Prophet-Genius of Ten Nanaks - Attributes, Lives & Contributions

Session III
Guru Granth & Guru Panth - Origin, Development & Institution

Session IV
Questions & Answers - Open forum to seek opinions from a Gurmat perspective

Directions: Within the city you can use the New York City Transit Subway #6 train to 68th and Lexington Avenue.
Parking: Several garages are located in the area, and metered street parking is also available.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, please contact:
Lead Contact | Manbeena Kaur
212.655.3095 ext.80 |

November 3, 2007
11:00 amto5:00 pm

The Sikh Research Institute is running a day long conference at Harvard University. Sounds like fun. Here are the details, contact Simran — ssingh [at] for more information.


Come and explore your relationship as a Sikh with your Guru.
What is Guru?
What are the community defining historical narratives of the Incomparable Prophets?
What is my relationship with Guru and how may I manifest that relationship.

Date: Saturday – 3 November 2007 | 11am-5pm
Location: Harvard University | Braun Room - Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Theme: The Guru: Connecting with the Divine Light
Participants: College Students & Young Professionals
Sponsor: Sikh Students at HDS
Registration: $5 - Students | $10 - Professionals

The Sikh Research Institute recently held a retreat for young married couples in Toronto. Good stuff. Hopefully, in a few years, I’ll be attending a similar retreat. PDF of press release below.