Religions of India Study Tour:
A Passage to India

June 6-25, 2015

 




St. Mary's College of Maryland announces the Religions of India Summer Study Tour for 2015. A 20-day encounter with four of India's major religious traditions:


Hinduism
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Buddhism
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Sikhism
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Islam

 





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The Goals of this Intensive Experience of Indian Cultures and Religions:

To deepen your knowledge of India (and by extension the world) and its great cultural and religious diversity

To expand your awareness of religious world views, practices, architecture, art, literatures and lifestyles

To give you a sense of the interaction of Indian religious traditions in history and the present

To have an unforgettable, fun, challenging, eye-opening, and life-changing experience.

LEADING THE TOUR:

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Daniel Meckel (right) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's. He specializes in the religions and cultures of India and does ethnographic research in the Indian Himalayas. Scott Sater (left) is a teacher and Director of Bands in Shakopee, Minnesota. He is an avid trekker with extensive experience in the Indian Himalayas. Together, Scott and Dan have led multiple tours to India for St. Mary's students.

Cristin Cash is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Boyden Gallery and the Fine Art Collection. She teaches courses in the Art and Architecture of the Americas from ancient times to the present, World Architecture and Museum Studies. She has led study tours to Honduras and Peru and participated in an NEH Summer Institute in India in 2012.






WE WILL TRAVEL TO:

Delhi
 


Shopping in
Delhi Bazaars

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Mughal Architecture

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Tomb of Sufi Saint
Hazrat Nizam ud-din




Dharamsala




Presentations on Buddhist Philosophy
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Guided Meditations
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Tibetan History and Culture
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Temple of Tsuglag Khang
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Residence of His Holiness
The 14th Dalai Lama



 


Amritsar
 

Sacred City of the
Sikh Religion

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Harmandir:
The
Golden Temple


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Durgiana Temple
(To Goddess Durga)


Haridwar and Rishikesh

Stay in River-Front Palace of Former Hindu Raja
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Private Performance of Indian Classical Music
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Grand Puja to the River Goddess
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Instruction in Yoga and Vedic Chant
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An Audience with Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj

The Himalayan Village of Anidasu
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Overnight in the Hindu Village of Anidasu
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Traditional Singing and Dance
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Local Gods and Religious Practices

 


 

The cost of the tour is $3600.
Cost of air travel can vary based on fuel tax

This covers airfare, lodgings, ground transportation, travel insurance, several meals, and tuition. It does not cover immunizations, visa, personal expenses, or medications. Payment schedule to be announced. An initial payment of $500 is due at the time of application. This payment is non-refundable once the student is accepted on the tour. The tour is limited to twenty-one students, with a minimum of fifteen.

Students will register for the study tour as a four-credit course that meets ELAW requirements. We will meet four times (for two hours at a time) prior to departure. After returning, each student will write a ten-page reflection paper. The paper will be due before the end of the summer. Students will keep journals throughout the adventure.


For more information, contact Daniel Meckel
djmeckel@smcm.edu; 240-895-4464

To apply for the tour and reserve a space,
download the application form here
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Please refer to the Office of International Education for their application and pre-tour requirements.