There is a great need for priests from all Eastern Spiritual Traditions in the west. Hindu temples and societies also need such services for their members. To this end, Hindu University of America, serving the Hinducommunity at large, has developed a certification course in Hindu Priesthood. This certification requires 4 courses which can be completed in 24 months. The credits earned (12 credits) can be transferred to masters’ program which requires 30 credits.
All the courses in this certification are taught online using our Litmos Course Management System which provides a full virtual class experience. All courses are practical and require class participation and online submission of video assignments. Tradition specific training will be provided under the guidance of the qualified instructors in traditional systems. The specific requirements of the training would be decided by the instructors depending upon the student’s abilities.
HDN 5101 Saṃskāras 3 credits
The major Hindu saṃskāras as per the select traditions (Sampradāyas) are discussed in theory and practice.
HDN 5102 Festivals and Pūjās 3 credits
The major Hindu festivals and pūjās as per the select traditions (Sampradāyas) discussed in theory and practice.
HDN 5103 Rituals in Different sects (Sampradāyas) 3 credits
Major Hindu Rituals in different traditions (Sampradāyas) as per the select specializations are discussed in depth of theory and practice to bring out the similarities and differences in various sects of Hindu traditions.
HDN 5104 Field Practice 3 credits
The field practice involves actual apprenticeship in an operating temple. The practice includes the major Hindu Saṃskāras, Festivals and Pūjās, Rituals in different traditions (Sampradāyas), in their aspects of practical observance in the contemporary society. This is an integration of the theory and the practical components of the entire course for societal application.
HNP 6201 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy 3 credits
The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution. This course covers the basics of Hindu chaplaincy
HNP 6202 Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics 3 credits
Pastoral care is the art of ministry as it relates to the psychological and theological needs of persons and faith communities. In this course, we will consider specific interventions for predictable human needs. In addition to basic pastoral care and brief counseling for individuals, couples, families and communities, this course will consider the ethical context of pastoral care from a Hindu perspective
HUC 5001 Principles of Hinduism 3 credits
Categorization of basic Hindu scriptures by time line, gradation of primary and secondary authority, languages, authorship, highlighted tradition of philosophy, yoga, tantra and life style. Structure and material presentation in different basic scriptures diversity in the Veda, Upaniṣhads, sūtras, Gītā, epics, Smṛiti’s and Śhāstras.
HUC 5002 Practices of Hinduism 3 credits
Inquiry into central principles and practices of Hinduism that exercise global influence and appeal particularly in areas of metaphysics the nature of the physical world, worldly life, the nature of the individual soul, and ultimate reality, the four fold values of life viz. Dharma, Artha, Kāma, Mokṣha.
HUC 5003 Basic Sanskrit 3 credits
Elective 3 credits