Vision and Mission

photo of Indian women walking by a templeMahinder Uberoi saw a world of many facets making up a beautiful jewel. He cherished the Dharmic tradition that was his birthright and felt its power as a vehicle for spiritual awakening and fulfillment. Professor Uberoi grasped the breadth of this tradition across the land of its origin and its range of experiences known as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

The Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies is Mahinder Uberoi’s legacy. After his death in November 2006 a will was found in which he wrote, “I leave all my assets for the scholarly study of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and other related religious and their music and arts.” In order to honor his wishes, the Foundation was established to encourage and support the work of scholars in these Dharmic traditions and to extend the reach of this knowledge in the United States in particular. The Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies provides a unique opportunity for the scholars of these traditions to explore their common ties in the Dharmic source.

The mission of the Foundation can be summarized in these few words: The Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies serves to raise awareness of the four major Dharmic religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, in an effort to promote understanding, communication, tolerance, and peace among the diverse peoples of the world.

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