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Introduction, Workshop 4: Hinduism—One God, a Thousand Faces

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone. — Mohandas Gandhi

This workshop introduces Hinduism, an ancient faith birthed in India in a time beyond memory and still practiced by more than 900 million people around the globe. Hinduism is frequently associated with Buddhism, which is logical, since Buddhism grew from Hinduism: The man who became the Buddha was born Hindu. However, Hinduism is distinct, and more ancient. The almost infinite paths to God supported in Hinduism are the result of its unique approach to the human spiritual quest.

Hinduism is an indigenous religion, yet its complexities and staggering variety of practices can make it seem more foreign to modern, Western youth than earth-based indigenous religions with which they are familiar. Also, the youth may know some followers of earth-centered faiths in their congregation but may not have encountered Hindus. Like Eastern religions in other workshops, Hinduism is based on philosophies that can seem very different from the Western way of looking at the world.

If your congregation includes people who are Hindu or who have a Hindu background, consider replacing an activity with a guest visit and discussion. It is important for participants to see a form of contemporary Hinduism.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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