India’s greatest legacy is its wisdom. It has seen generations upon generations of gurus sharing their unparalleled insight with generations upon generations of shishyas, and so the wheel of knowledge has moved forward through centuries.
Vidyaloke is an initiative towards revitalizing that ancient tradition, rebuilding an intellectual lineage in this century.
The name, Vidyaloke, is an amalgamation of two Sanskrit words, Vidya (wisdom) and Aloké (light), an allusion to our primary purpose, a journey towards greater wisdom, compassion and conscientious choices.
Through participation in private group teachings, public gatherings and virtual engagement, we hope to inspire people to chart a unique course for their own journey.
The light that guides us on this path comes from the Buddha’s wisdom.
Siddhartha Gautama, who became Shakyamuni Buddha, can be considered as one of India’s greatest scholars and philosophers, his conclusions a source of tremendous pride. While India and the world find themselves in an era of tremendous change and uncertainty, there exist avenues to priceless wisdom, discovery and learning.
Through Vidyaloke, we seek to reawaken the inherent curiosity within, giving rise to a mind that questions and experiments. Our spiritual and philosophical heritage encourage us to investigate causes and contemplate phenomenon, widening our perspective and deepening our knowledge.
Once again, India finds itself to be home to the greatest Teachers of our generation: students of the Buddha and his inextricable contribution to Indian Wisdom.
Through His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as Vidyaloke’s first torchbearer, we will bring you to the wisdom that arose in this land; to wisdom that flourished in the minds of ancient scholars and has today seeped into every aspect of our culture.
His Holiness’ boundless compassion and concern for India and its young citizenry, his deep passion for its legacy, motivate him to give us his invaluable time. Vidyaloke’s Teachings will juxtapose contemporary thought with ancient Indian knowledge, drawing from the forever relevant teachings of the Nalanda Masters.
Vidyaloke, as an Indian Wisdom initiative, is a realm free of religious or political affiliations, an initiative for the relatively young, spiritually aspirational and impactful. While its public gatherings will be open to all, its teachings will be more carefully curated for a narrower age group, somewhere between 16 and 40. Its evolution will be a collective effort, with a unique outcome for each participant. In return, your commitment as a student, a shishya of the contemporary world, is what is requested, and a wish to be of benefit to all beings to the best of your abilities. We see Vidyaloke evolving into a community of teachers and students, where Indian wisdom is offered to the young, through the lens of a timeless philosophy, peering into the depths of an infinite well of wisdom.
REVIVING INDIAN WISDOM IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA
Vidyaloke is an initiative by Vana Foundation with the blessings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and patronage from Analjit Singh & Family.
May the light in one’s mind grow steadily brighter,
the darkness of unknowing be fearlessly removed.
May the beauty of compassion find its place within,
the mind’s horizon forever expanding.
May this be my greatest prayer,
that wisdom’s flame be kindled for all.
A journey so irreversible may I find,
till I reside simply in emptiness.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the very young age of two, the child who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time, was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognised for his concern for global environmental problems.
His Holiness effortlessly distils the essence of complex Buddhist teachings and juxtaposes them with causes and conditions relevant to our times. His mastery and passion for Indian wisdom is unparalleled and he is perhaps its foremost torchbearer in the world today. India and its youth are areas of deep interest and genuine concern for His Holiness.
Vidyaloke steps into the world guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as its founding teacher and we seek in him, wisdom and inspiration.
Vana Foundation aspires to create a paradigm shift in people’s minds and the society in which we live. Our relationship with the self, one’s community, nature and our culture is increasingly diluted. Through its foundation, Vana hopes to in some way reverse this and be of service and benefit to all beings.
As a beginning, its activities include the planning and execution of the Siddhartha Festival, Vidyaloke, creating the Vana Food Network and exploring initiatives in cultural and creative areas.
Veer Singh, Vana’s Founder, believes that Vana is a manifestation of his principles and a desire to be of service and enhance wellbeing, a vision his family and team stand firmly behind. Vana Foundation, Therapiya and Vanaveda are extensions of this contemporary vision, finding their roots in Indian wisdom and tradition.
Analjit Singh is the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of the Max Group. His entrepreneurial journey reflects his creativity, avant-garde thinking and desire to positively impact people and society. Healthcare, Life Insurance, Health Insurance and Senior Living have been areas of his pioneering work and all represent enterprises of social good. He is a deeply spiritual person and has always helped facilitate learning and inner development for others.
Vana Foundation is grateful to Analjit Singh & Family for their wholehearted, generous patronage and support for Vidyaloke.