New training series: "Think Big:
Realizing Prabhupada's Dream"
Creating Empowered Spiritual Leaders
One of the most ambitious and universal purposes Srila Prabhupada set for ISKCON is the very first one
"To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world"

Create partnerships and alliances with emerging spiritual networks, government, corporate and non-governmental organizations, providing spiritual solutions to material problems. Become instrumental in establishing the Golden Age in the social, educational, cultural, environmental, spiritual and welfare fields around the globe. Create a bright future for yourself and other devotees and spiritual people by making your living through doing what you enjoy and believe in!
Fluency in English is a must, as well as some leadership and organizational abilities. A positive attitude and cooperative spirit, together with freedom from obsession with any negativity

Educational degrees in ISKCON and other leading institutions, networking experience and a desire to act as a versatile specialist

We set quite high standards. Graduates will be expected to pioneer in highly responsible roles, making a path for others
Limited offer: We can accept and accommodate only 30 international participants. First come - first served. Make sure you don't miss it!

The full estimate of training costs is US$1870 or 125 000Rs per student to cover prasadam, accommodation in Vaisnava Academy, materials and running expenses for the entire duration of the course.

We are bringing the very best teachers and developers to provide you with a first class training, enabling you to reach your greatest heights. And they agreed to do it free of charge! Nevertheless, to show our gratitude we want to provide good facilities for them, all their travel expenses, as well as moderate donations, to ensure their future participation

For those students not capable of covering their costs we might be able to provide partial or even full scholarship, depending on each case.
Please answer these questions in "Additional Information" field: (1) Nationality and ethnic origin
(2) Date, time and place of birth (3) How many years you are in ISKCON (4) Devotional experience
(5) Professional experience (6) Motivation to take part and expectations from the course
Will be Held in Mayapur, Vaisnava Academy
by HH Bhakti Rasayana Sagar Swami
every morning, 9:30 - 11:00
by HG Rasamandala Prabhu
November 7-14
by Purusottama Krsna Prabhu
November 14-21
by Vrajalila Devi Dasi
November 27-29, December 3-5
"Working With the Government Programs"
by HG Pancaratna Prabhu
December 18-20
"Teachers Training"
by HG Atula Krsna Prabhu
December 6-12
by Govardhan Das (Govind Madhav Cowlagi)
December 14-23
by Govardhan Das (Govind Madhav Cowlagi)
December 14-23
by HG Damodara Prabhu
January 1-14
by HH Krishna Kshetra Swami
January 17-21
by HG Anuttama Prabhu
January 23-27
HG Rasamandala Prabhu (ACBSP)
Founder and the developer of interactive methods of education in ISKCON
HH Bhakti Rasayana Sagar Swami
Organizer and facilitator of the training programs
HH Krishna Kshetra Swami (ACBSP)
Initiating Guru in ISKCON and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Oxford University
HG Pancaratna Prabhu (ACBSP)
Pioneer of ISKCON in many fields and an organizer of Mayapur Vikas Sanga
HG Anuttama Prabhu (ACBSP)
GBC Member for many years, ISKCON Minister of Communications
HG Sri Prahlada Prabhu
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at University of Technology Sydney (UTS Business School).Second generation devotee and a gifted Kirtaniya, whose fame spread way beyond ISKCON boundaries
HG Damodara Prabhu (BCS)
Independent entrepreneur and one of the best devotee specialists in the human development field ...
HG Padmalocana Krishna Prabhu
Regional Director of Harvard Business School Publishing Corporate Learning Asia Pacific
HG Atula Krishna Prabhu
A pioneer preacher in many fields and one of the best teachers in ISKCON
Vrajalila Devi
Active member of the 'ISKCON Global Devotee Care Committee' and Director for "The Institute For Applied Spiritual Technology" ...
HG Purusottama Krishna Prabhu
Scientist of World Religions in International Relations (MA). UN Ambassador for Civil Society Organizations. Human Rights Advocate. Consultant for Sustainable Development and Impact Investment
HG Brahma Tirtha Prabhu (ACBSP)
An early disciple of Srila Prabhupada, well-known to devotees from the book "Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers", professional mediator and devotee of multiple talents
Govardhan Das (Govind Madhav Cowlagi)
Born in a Madhva Vaishnava family, he joined ISKCON Kolkata in 1984 and initiated by HH Mahavisnu Goswami Maharaj. He is a Deputy General Manager of the PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines Marine Company trained in coaching by the renowned institute, Newfield
Nestled between the sacred river Ganges, the whispering rice fields and the adjacent Radha Madhava Temple, one of India’s most sacred places of worship, Vaishnava Academy, Mayapur is said to be an experience too surreal to be true

Vaishnava Academy Mayapur was built as a retreat center for spiritual training and education. A wide variety of seminars and workshops offers relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration for body, mind and soul

The staff take care of guests with the exceptional grace, charm and attention to detail for which Asian hospitality is known

Two hours and a half from the airport, 5 minutes from the temple, 10 mins from the famously breathtaking Srila Prabhupada Samadhi (and also the shopping area), stepping foot on Vaishnava Academy Mayapur means moving out of the present and entering a new dimension that is quite other-wordly

It is a place where time stops, where the most spiritual tales took place once upon a long time ago

1) What's the principal difference between this school and any other one in ISKCON?

This school is specifically aimed at training leaders for outreach initiatives - not ISKCON managers.

2) Can I come for a month or so, if I don't have time to stay for the entire training?

It may be possible, if we have a vacancy. The number of students is limited due to the interactive nature of the school, therefore we give priority to the full time students.

3) Why do I need to get training from these devotees if I could get professional training in the fields at my home country?

There is a special advantage of learning and getting trained by senior devotees, since we want to present Krsna to the world in easily acceptable way. Our teachers and most of the students already have some experience and success in this regard. We're trying to bring together the very best faculty members and students for you not just to have an unforgettable experience, but to connect and work together with them in future!

4) Why do you want students to travel all the way to Mayapur to take the training, if it could be done online?

We want to have an advantage of personal association and interaction for the sake of getting to know each other very well, which is not really achievable through the web. Plus you'll get an advantage of residing in a holy place. One of our big goals is to create a global community of leaders, who will support each other in all respects.
04:30am - 08:00am Temple program
08:00am - 09:00am Breakfast
09:00am - 09:15am Break
09:15am - 11:15am SB Discussions
11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 01:00pm Class
01:00pm - 02:30pm Lunch
02:30pm - 04:00pm Class
04:00pm - 04:15pm Break
04:15pm - 05:45pm Class
A focused individual who can inspire his team to reach organizational goals is a visionary leader. Best example of such a leader for us is Srila Prabhupada.
Top 10 qualities of an excellent manager
  • Effective verbal communication
  • Listening
  • Reducing misunderstandings is a key part of effective negotiation
  • Rapport Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
There are literally unlimited opportunities to get free money given out by both government and private foundations for a variety of nonprofit and even business activities! For example in UK alone just the government is offering to charities over two billion pounds every year in grants. You only need to know how to get this money and how to utilize it in a way qualifying you for further funding
Coaching is a form of development in which a person called a coach supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training, advice and guidance
Developing working relations with influential individuals and organizations is one of the main ingredients for success
It includes developing:
  • Speaking skills
  • Effective use of resources
  • Proper delineation of aims and objectives
  • Skills in writing lesson outlines/plans
  • Different interactive teaching and preaching styles
  • The art of balancing your presentations between study and recreation
Innovation is defined simply as a "new idea, device, or method". However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. This is accomplished through more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models that are readily available to markets, governments and society. The term "innovation" can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that "breaks into" the market or society. It is related to, but not the same as, invention. Innovation is often manifested via the engineering process
360-degree feedback is a process utilized by organizations to solicit information from a variety of workplace sources on an employee's work-related behavior and/or performance. Most often it will include feedback from an employee's subordinates, peers (colleagues), and supervisor(s), as well as a self-evaluation by the employee him or herself. It can also include, when relevant, feedback from external sources who interact with the employee, such as customers and suppliers or other interested stakeholders
ISKCON's members are encouraged to be respectful to people of faith from other traditions and to see the need for people of different faiths to work together for the benefit of society as a whole and for the glorification of God. (From the GBC statement)
It's an excellent way to develop any project
How might we effectively introduce innovations and change - so as to ensure that ISKCON remains relevant, vital and incisive (addressing emerging developments both within the Society and the world at large), influence others to adopt such innovations and changes and remain faithful to the principles laid down by Srila Prabhupada? This 5-day intensive explores tried and tested tools that you can employ for good effect in making a difference in the world
Krishna instructs Arjuna - do not eat too much, do not eat too little, do not sleep too much,do not sleep too little. Many hermeneutical and philosophical tensions are resolved through the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. This seminar will explore these tension both in the Gita and in our lives. Is your mood " do not change anything" or "time, place and circumstance". Advances in neuroscience offer insights that support the Gita's view of the middle way
How can ISKCON as a Civil Society Organization can get involved in the UN System as seen from an International Relations perspective? The 5 days intense course provides skills in diplomacy & negotiation, peace-building methodologies and International Relations theory. Knowledge will be shared about policy frameworks such as Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change and UN bodies: UN General Assembly, UN Environment Assembly and the Human Rights Council
My initial inspiration for this course is Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s notion of the sāra-grahī vaisnava — the devotee who is able to grasp and appreciate the essence of life situations, places, persons, and faith traditions. Here we will explore a few selected elements—practices, texts, images—of faith traditions, with the aim of reflecting on how we might meaningfully engage with practitioners of these traditions in pursuit of genuine friendship and cooperation for fostering spiritual upliftment of all
We know that Srila Prabhupada was an ideal and powerful communicator as evidenced by his books, lectures and the number of followers he attracted. But we often fail to acknowledge the interpersonal relationships he built with opinion leaders outside of ISKCON. If we don't understand that aspect of his leadership, how can we follow in his footsteps or impact the world via our various fields of expertise? Looking first at Prabhupada's example, we'll study essential principles and skills required to influence the world including effective listening and speaking, strategizing, networking, building win-win relationships, and mastering oft-feared media interview
This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of management and organizational behavior in the context of ISKCON’s rapidly expanding global contemporary environment. Major theories and models in areas of communication, culture, individual behavior, group dynamics, decision-making, leadership and motivation, power and politics, and ethics and social responsibility – are overviewed and critiqued from the perspective of Vaisnava philosophy and practice. Emphasis is placed on developing critical and analytical thinking skills, with application of theory to issues likely to confront ISKCON leaders today and into the future
Srimad Bhagavatam - especially the First Canto which we'll be exploring - was intended by Srila Prabhupada to serve as a clear guidance of what kind of changes the modern world shall adopt to fit into the Vedic paradigm. We'll dedicate our time to discuss what can we do together to facilitate and expedite the process started by His Divine Grace
The 3 days will start with a day on Strategy visioning and execution. Participants will learn frameworks that can be leveraged to chart the strategy for social enterprises. The 2nd and 3rd day of the program will focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership and Team Leadership. Participants will be guided to follow their internal compass in a step towards authentic leadership (based on research of Bill George and Peter Sims). In some ways, this is similar to Lord Krsna’s teachings in BG3.33 and 11.33. During the final hours of the 3 days’ program, the participants will work in groups on a team-based simulation which uses the same dramatic context of a Mount Everest climb to teach group dynamics and leadership
What is the role of ethics in ISKCON? Does the Society have a well-articulated and credible moral philosophy? Why might we neglect character appraisal, privileging instead a standardisation of belief, practice or religious belonging? Practically, how do we deal with variant ethical perspective within ISKCON? This course explores these philosophical yet pertinent questions. We discuss leadership tools for nurturing and embedding organisational virtues. Ultimately, we collaboratively formulate concrete ways to apply a ‘transcendental ethics’; a normative moral philosophy capable of authentically contributing to wider discourse, and reaching out to those engaged with the taxing moral questions of our time.
This workshop explores timeless principles related to having an impact - the ability to define, articulate and engage others in a compelling vision, organising your time so as to focus on the most impactful priorities, building trust and collaboration
Emotional intelligence research in organizations showed that those with high emotional intelligence skills on average outperform their objectives by 20%, and those with low skills on average tend to underperform their objectives by 20%. This is a difference of 40%! As leaders we need to learn how to get buy-in from a new team, how to give productive performance feedback, how to handle breakdowns, how to figure out how to work with difficult people, how to go past our fears, and how to create cultures where honest conversations are given room to be heard. Emotional skills for top team, leadership, and professional performance are essential, can be learned, and can be grown over time. If our awareness is not informed then we drift along doing the best we can. Awareness creates choice. The more aware we are of the emotional dimension of action, the more choices we have for success and value.
What is self esteem? Does it affect our ability to lead? Causes for erosion of self esteem and actions to be taken to restore same. Ontological Coaching: Studies the client’s “way of being”, the dynamic interaction of language, emotions and physiology, which together need to be altered in order to change your “way of being”. We shall also use elements of ontological coaching - language, emotions and body and not just a transactional analysis to arrive at the desired result in both the areas mentioned above (emotional intelligence and self esteem) with the help of examples and practical exercises.
Conflicts are everywhere, it is almost impossible to avoid conflicting viewpoints. However, conflicts are not necessarily inherently negative. Given that most human beings operate according to the way in which they understand the world, it is important to have understanding of one's personal worldview in order to address our ability to resolve conflicts. In this course we will explore, our personal worldview, the types, causes, stages, consequences, how to understand and handle conflicts in order to navigate positive resolutions
She travels world-wide, teaching seminars, workshops and trainings on "Compassionate Leadership: Nurturing and Sustaining Relationships". Her areas of focus is Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Relationship Counseling and Communication tools. She, recently co-authored a GBC approved course for "ISKCON Devotee Care"
He was a former Temple President of the Bhaktivedanta Manor and a National Representative of Steven Covey in the UK, who helped many famed corporations to achieve great heights