Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism 2


Training Program Indonesian Hinduism


From February 24, 2013 to March 6, 2013, the first ever organized  Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism was convened for International Students at the Indonesian Hindu University : the six participants were Dr Leo Epafras (ICRS, UGM, Jogjakarta), Dr Michel Picard (Paris), Prof Dr Yolotl Gonzales (Mexico), Alberto Fitzyolotl de Leon (Mexico), Julia Linder (Bonn) and Dr Krishnamurti (Malaysia)

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Dharma Widya Prawerti

Amertham Tu Widya  




We shall take you on a journey through two millennia Hindu history in the Indonesian archipelago! This time travel will take you from the first population of the Indonesian archipelago to contemporary statistics of religion. In consequence, you participate in a rare opportunity for gaining deepened insights and a comprehensive understanding on the history and the now of Hindu traditions in Indonesia.


  • Director Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism, President Hindu University of Indonesia: Prof Dr Ida Bagus Gede Yudha Triguna MSi (left)
  • Organizer of Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism, Head of Postgraduate Studies, Chairman of Yayasan Widya Kerthi :  Prof Dr Ida Bagus Gunadha MSi. (center)
  • Training Program Coordinator: Dr. Alexandra Landmann (right)
  •  Coordinator of Training Program Content: Dr. Ida Bagus Suamba (no pic)

Are you interested in learning more about Hinduism in the Indonesian Archipelago and Balinese Hinduism? Then we cordially invite you to be one of the first participants to join our intensive 2 week training program in Denpasar, Bali filled with lectures, seminars, discussions, assignments, and field trips that let you enjoy a unique Balinese academic experience!  Please check out the UPDATED FLYER – Training-Program on Indonesian Hinduism UPDATED FLYER TPIH …..Please download the UPDATED programme here UPDATED Program TPIH !


For the first time, the Hindu University of Indonesia opens its doors and announces the launching of a two-week Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism.The Training Program’s focuses on past and present manifestations of Hindu traditions in the Indonesian Archipelago and Bali. We aim to introduce you to the main challenges and opportunities Indonesian Hindus faced during the last two millennia and to offer you an opportunity for exploring into and gaining deepened insights on Indonesian Hinduism not only by lectures, seminars, discussions and talks with our expert team but also by experience based learning processes during our filed trip and religious festivals around Cake New Year”s Day Nyepi!

During the first two weeks you will be given two lectures daily followed by a seminar which enables you to deepen your understanding on Hindu traditions in Indonesia – with a special focus on Bali. There will be two rituals held for you, accompanied by Balinese dance and buffet, so you can actively experience how a student of Hinduism feels at times. Additionally, there will be a weekend field trip to let you walk through and touch Balinese material Hindu culture of different time periods. As the training program’s closing will be only four days prior to Balinese New Year Nyepi (March 12, 2013) you are given the exciting opportunity to join in and be part of in the abundant richness of religious festivals and activities performed around Nyepi day 2013 – you will directly participate in those activities.

At all, combined with the cognitive learning process in class, you will sense, see and experience religious life in Bali which is at its height during the Nyepi festival to give you a better outlook on Balinese Hinduism and to stimulate your cognitive, emotional and social comprehension of Hindu traditions in Indonesia.


Sunday February 24, 2013 to Friday March 8, 2013

Be one of the first participants to enjoy a unique Balinese academic experience held for the first time from Sunday February 24, 2013 to Friday March 8, 2013. The training program end will be only one week prior to Balinese New Year Nyepi (March 12, 2013) and will thus give you broad opportunities to participate and join festivals and religious activities performed around Nyepi day 2013.(A note on Nyepi day 2013 and religious festivals performed and activities related to it will be presented soon on this page)

During the training program you will meet a number of like-minded students and researchers from around the world and many of our local experts and important personalities in the field of religion and society. Highlights of our training program include its ceremonial opening with an initiation ritual (upanayana) and joint Balinese buffet dining with our Balinese dance ballet. The certification of the students is accompanied by a closing ritual (mejaya-jaya) and joint Balinese buffet dining. The program includes an excursion to the BedugulBatur and Besakih temples – we can organize additional field trips to other spots that may be of interest to you.

In the two weeks you will be trained a half day in topics related to history, present, and manifestations of Hindu traditions in Indonesia. You will be introduced to a number of specific key issues in Indonesian Hindu culture, religion, and civilization. You will discuss specific topics in follow up seminars and you can analyze key issues in small individual and/or group assignments according to your individual interest. If you are interested in receiving a certificate of attendance and attainment, you will be assigned to examine a specific topic (which might be related to your master or doctoral thesis, or the research or journalistic interest you pursue) and you can do a mini-research on that topic while writing up a 15 pages paper. You will also have manifold occasion for exchange during informal talks with our experts on your specific areas of interest.

Participants will analyze topics such as pre-historic trajectories of contemporary Hindu traditions and which of those trajectories we still encounter today, the early-classical, middle-classical, late classical periods of Hindu culture in Indonesia up to the emergence and construction of a national Hindu identity and culture; and the interrelated processes of reinvention, revitalization, globalization and localization of Hindu traditions.


The aim of our Summer School is to introduce the participants to the past, present and manifestations of Indonesian Hinduism with a focus on Balinese Hinduism and to explain differences to Indian Hindu traditions.By implication of recent Indonesian religious policies, Hindu traditions adhere today to same unitary theological framework by allowing for varying ethical and ritual practices. Participants will examine the theological, ethical, and ritual structure plus institutions of contemporary Indonesian Hinduism. Therewith we hope to explain the basic faith and identity of Hindu traditions in Indonesia using a historical and cultural approach. Further, we hope

  1. to show conclusively the continuities of Hindu traditions and their archipelagic predecessors from prehistory up to the nation state
  2. to explicate the similarities and disparities with Indian Hindu traditions
  3. to shed some light on the motives for Hindu integration as well as the obstacles on the way to such a Hindu unity

This shall help the participants to understand the complex and unique structure of Indonesian Hinduism. Besides the Balinese case, each of the Indonesian Hindu groups carries their own language, culture, and tradition, and participants may be introduced to a number of such diverse cultural identities. The volume of this introduction depends, however, on the interests the participants express in their motivation letters.


The program is open to participants aged 21 and over, originating from all over the world and all religious congregations. Students (Bachelor, Master, PhD), academics and researchers of all disciplines, as well as journalists, authors, and a general audience with a distinct interest in Indonesian Hinduism. This makes our Training Program highly beneficial for you and ensures our quality of management and training.


Program instruction language will be English. If all participants master Indonesian at an advanced level, you will be trained in Indonesian. We provide a reader, references will be mostly in English, but some are in Indonesian.


The training program lasts for twoweeks from Sunday February 24, 2013 to Friday March 9, 2013 and is held at the Hindu University of Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali. Established in 1963, the Hindu Dharma Institute – the institutional predecessor of the Hindu University of Indonesia – targeted the preparation and training of Hindu experts and Hindu reformers. In 1993, the Institute has been restructured into the Hindu University of Indonesia. In 2002 Master Studies and in 2007 Doctoral studies have been established. Our graduates play an important role in shaping and continuing Indonesian Hinduism in society and politics. Participants to our Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism will study with Postgraduate Studies.

Our training program opens on Sunday February 24, 2013 with initiation ritual, Indonesian buffet dinner, and Balinese ballet and closes on Friday March 9, 2013 with closing ritual, Indonesian buffet dinner and the distribution of the certificates.

The venue is our new Master and Doctoral Studies Building, the lecture hall and seminar rooms are fully air-conditioned, free Wi-Fi is available, library. Lunch will be provided in front of the lecture hall at 13.00 o’clock. We provide Indonesian dishes, if you prefer Western cuisine we will arrange for this on extra cost.

For the entire duration of the training program, we strongly advise you to dress politely, as we are an academic institution and not a holiday location. Men and women are required to wear clean and neat cloth covering shoulders, belly and knees.

Lectures, Seminars and Field Trips

During the both weeks, we meet from Monday February 25, 2013 to Friday March 01, 2013 from 9.00 am to 10.30 am and from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm for the morning session and from 13.15 pm to 14.45 pm for the afternoon session. The morning sessions consists of two lectures and the afternoon session consist of a follow up seminar on key issues discussed during the  previous given lectures.  During evenings, you are required to prepare yourself for the next sessions by reading material necessary for the next day.

On Friday March 01, 2013 there will be a written test, from 15.30 pm to 17.00 pm for those who wish to attend it. On Saturday, March  02, 2013 there will an excursion to Bedugul, we stay overnight in Singaraja and return to Denpasar via Batur and Besakih temples.

On Friday, March 8, 2013 we perform the closing ritual, distribute the Certificates of Attendance and will then part during an Indonesian buffet lunch dinner. For those who wish to do a mini-research or hand in an 15 pages report on an specific topic related to Hinduism, we will send the certificates by email after assessment.

At UNHI we have fun while doing academic work!

We hope to welcome you next spring on our training program and unique Balinese academic experience which gives you diversifies insights into Indonesian Hinduism!


During your stay you will be assigned a local tandem (buddy), a bachelor, master, or doctoral student, who shares similar academic interests.


Program’s Outline WEEK 1

WEEK 1 24.02 25.02 26.02 27.02 28.02 01.03 02.03
Lecturer   Landmann Phalgunadi Redig Suamba Gelgel/Radendra  
8.30 -10.30   Definitions of terms (what is religion?) and Approach (religion is historically and culturally defined) Evolution of Hinduism in India and Indonesia Archeological findings, Hindu material culture and Hindu artefacts in Indonesia and Bali from 400 AD to the fall of Majapahit (1550) Emergence of Shiva Buddhism Hindu Law and Adat FIELD TRIP BEDUGUL/BANJAR Singaraja-BATUR/BESAKIH
Lecturer   Landmann Phalgunadi Redig Suamba Ida Pedanda Telabah  
11.00-12.30 16.00-19.00Pembuka-an(assignments) Malayo-Polynesian migration and faithPeriodization of Indonesian Hinduism Evolution of Hinduism in India and Indonesia (reference to Buddhism) Archeological findings, Hindu material culture and Hindu artifacts in Indonesia and Bali from 400 Ad to the fall of Majapahit (1550) Similarities and disparities with Indian Shivaism and Buddhism and their fusion in Java Bali: clans, priesthood, social stratification and social systems  
Docent   Landmann Phalgunadi Redig Suamba Radendra  
13.15-14.45   Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar  
    Introduction to Periodization of Indonesian Hinduism(upacara pranayama) Evolution of Hindu traditions Hindu material culture up to the 16th century Similarities and disparities with Indian Shivaism and Buddhism and their fusion in Java Clan, adat and social systems  

Program’s Outline WEEK 2

WEEK 2 03.03 04.03 05.03 06.03 07.03 08.03 09.03
Lecturer   Sedyawati/Dibia Ida Pedanda Telabah, Ida Pedanda Putra Giri, Agastya Suamba Ida pedanda putra telabah, ida pedanda putra yoga, ida pedanda putra giri GunadhaLandmann MELASTI and ceremonies until Tuesday
9.00 -10.30 FIELD TRIP BEDUGUL/BANJAR Singaraja-BATUR/BESAKIH Dance and Music as religious service Hindu Sainthood and pioneers of modern Hindu consolidation Tattwa Upacara Colonialism, the Nation State formal recognition of modern Indonesian Hinduism as funded religion
Lecturer   Kastawan Agastya Sura TrigunaLandmann TrigunaLandmann  
11.00-12.30 Hindu Architecture and sacral space Indonesian Hindu literature Susila Colonialism, the Nation State and Hindu Pluralism Modern Hinduism:Contemporary issues
Docent   Dibia/Kastawan Ida Pedanda Putra Giri/Agastya Suamba/Sura Triguna/Landmann GunadhaLandmann  
13.15-14.45   Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar  
    Dance, Music, Art and Architecture as religious service Sainthood, Pioneers and Texts Relationship between Tattwa, Susila and Upacara Religion, Politics and Plurality Hinduism and Nation State  
16.00-19.00           Closing ceremony and certification  


  • Prof Dr Ida Bagus Yudha Triguna,
  • Prof Dr Ida Bagus Gunadha,
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Ida Pedanda Narendra, MPH (Ida Pedanda Gede Putra Telabah)
  • Ida Pedanda Putra Giri
  • Ida Pedanda Putra Yoga
  • Prof Dr I Gusti Phalgunadhi, MA.D.Litt.
  • Prof Putu Gelgel
  • Prof. Dr. Edy Sedyawati
  • Dr Wayan Dibia
  • Dr Ida Bagus Agastya
  • Dr Wayan Redig
  • Dr I Gede Sura
  • Dr. Ida Bagus Putu Suamba
  • Dr Ida Bagus Radendra
  • Dr I Wayan Kastawan
  • Dr Alexandra Landmann


If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance and Attainment, you are required to hand in two individual/group assignments and a 15 pages report on an assigned topic (ethnographic or literal research)

Individual accreditation depends on regulations at your home institute overseas. The program provides 30 hours lectures, 25 hours seminars, and one week individual exploration into your specific topic of interest stated in your motivation letter.

The Certificate of Attendance and Attainment accredits your individual attainment and performance according to achieved results in oral performance, one written test, two individual/group assignments to be handed in to the lecturer you chose to do an assignment and a 15 pages paper.

LECTURE 10 lectures(each 120 min)Total: 20 h lectures 10 lectures(each 120 min)Total: 20h lectures 20 lectures(each 120 min) 40 h lectures
SEMINAR (optional) 5 Seminars (each 90 min)Total: 6,5 h seminars 5 Seminars(each 90 min)Total: 6,5 h seminars 10 Seminars,(each 90 min)Total: 13 h Seminars
ASSIGNMENTS (optional) Written test at end of first week two individual/group tasks (written, handed in for grading) 1.written test2. two individual/group assignments3. written paper4. oral performance
EXTRA   2 day excursion, 2.03 and 3.03.2013 plus activities around Nyepi

The CAA accredits that you have participated in 30 hours lectures and 13 hours seminars. In the CAA, your individual attainment and performance will be assessed according to the results you achieved in the written test, your individual/ group assignments, your oral participation and will be then accumulated. Assessment will be done based on UNHI’s assessment criteria listed below. However, how much credit points you will be awarded depends on the individual agreement made between the Hindu University of Indonesia and your academic institution abroad according to your specific national assessment standard of study attainment and performance overseas. If you are present 80% of the time, do all individual and group assignments, pass the examination test, present your paper of 15 pages, you will be given the Certificate of Attendance and Attainment (CAA).

Amount Type Percentage TOTAL
1 Written test 15 percent 15 percent
2 Individual/group assignments 20 percent (each 10 percent) 35 percent
1 Report (15 pages) 55 percent 90 percent
1 Oral performance during discussions 10 percent 100 percent

 Assessment criteria applied at the Indonesian Hindu University which need to be transferred into your national or institutional assessment standard abroad are as follows:

4 A 95 – 100 excellent
3,75 A- 89 – 94 outstanding performance with only minor errors
3,5 B+ 79 – 89 Very good but with minor errors
3 B 70 – 79 generally good work with some errors
2,75 B- 60 – 69 good but with some shortcomings
2 C 40 – 59 performance meets the minimum criteria
1 D 20 – 39 Failed
0 E 0 -19 Failed



Program Fees and Deadline for Registration 

  • Early Bird Fee: 650 Euro (Deadline for Application 15/11/2012)
  • Regular Fee: 750 Euro (Deadline for Application 15/12/2012)

Be part of this exciting Balinese academic experience and apply for an early bird registration fee of 650 Euro by November 15, 2012. Our deadline for registration ends by December 15, 2012 and the regular fee is 750 €.  Citizens of ASEAN member states are invited to contact the program coordinator for further information.

If you have registered interest, and you were admitted to the program, you will have to pay the fee within 10 days after receiving our admission certificate.

Our training does not offer scholarships, but you may inquire for scholarships at your University overseas or national institutions or societies specialized in academic funding.

Our Training Program includes the application letters for the necessary Social and Cultural Visa Permit for Indonesia. Accommodation and transportation is extra, but we help you upon request finding a room according to your budget or living with a Balinese family and with transportation. You are advised to conclude a valid health insure for abroad during your stay.

Included services:

Our fee includes invitation/sponsorship letter for Social-cultural Visa, training program reader, special tuition for specialization and mini-research,  discussion with experts, opening and closing dinner, 14 times Indonesian lunch, excursion to Bedugul, Batur and Besakih temples (but not the hotel at Singaraja), a local “Buddy or Tandem”, and certification.

Not included services:

The fee does not include the visa fee at the Indonesian consular office or embassy overseas, flight to/ from Indonesia, accommodation, local transport, entrance fees, health insurance.

The fee does not include transportation to and from the Airport to your accommodation, or from your accommodation to University, but transportation can be organized upon request by us using motorbike or car. Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike.

The fee does not include accommodation. Certainly, we help you to find an affordable accomodation at following venues

  1. in the university’s boarding house (limited rooms available) for an extra amount of 150 Euros
  2. a Balinese family (lecturers of the University or other for 250 Euro)
  3. upon request, we can organize accommodation according to your preferences at a home-stay or hotel

We advise you strongly to conclude a valid health insure for abroad during your stay.

Application and admission

If you decide to apply for the training program, you should register interest by contacting the project coordinator Alix Landmann at

alhz­_indonesia [at]

alhzindonesia {at}

Applications can be made until December 15, 2012 (regular deadline). Thus we would recommend applying early. After registering interest, we will email our participants application form to you directly. Then you should submit following documents (per email) to the project coordinator

  1. our participants application form (sent to you by email after registering interest)
  2. a letter of motivation (why do you wish to partake in the training program) including a description of your specific interest of study
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Recommendation letter of your supervising Professor you are studying with, (in cases of professionals or journalists, your superior, in case of general audience, the motivation letter is sufficient)

After you registered interest and were accepted for participation via the official admission certificate sent by email, you are required to pay the fee after receiving our admission certificate at latest until December 30, 2012.

We will assign you a Training Program ID shown on the official admission certificate sent to you by email, which you are required to reproduce at payment. If you would like to pay the fee by two installments, you may contact our program coordinator first.

Fees, once paid, are not refundable (in special cases we will partially refund the half of the fee after receiving an official medical report stating permissible reasons). This is in order to guarantee your place and for the ease of administration and management. Fees must be paid only after confirmation of admission by the organizing committee. The money must be paid only after receiving our admission certificate at latest until December 30, 2012.

Our account details for payment of fees will be sent to you by email.

After we received your transfer, we will immediately contact you to provide you with the documents necessary for visa application, inquire into your accommodation needs and other interests.


We issue an invitation and sponsorship letter for you. First, we will issue an invitation letter from our University as you will participate in a training activity at our University for one month. You will therefore have the visa status of a participant in our training program enabling you to participate in our training activities. Second, we will issue a sponsorship letter. Attached to those letters, we will email you the scan of your sponsors ID card to present along with the invitation and sponsorship letter at your Indonesian consular office overseas when you apply for the Social/Cultural Visit Visa. Application for the Social/Cultural Visit Visa is required as you plan to participate in our training activities and the Visa on Arrival you obtain at the immigration entry ports does not cover your planned training activity in Indonesia. A Social/Cultural Visit Visa is valid for two month and may be extended. To obtain the Social/Cultural Visit Visa your passport must be valid for 18 month from the date of visa application. As fees for the Visa and issuing time varies from country to country, we strongly advise you to inquire to your Indonesian embassy abroad in due course of time. There is also the possibility to apply for the Social/Cultural Visa with our invitation and sponsorship letters in Singapore. The process needs one or two working days. Please contact our program coordinator for further information.

Depending on your country of origin and the Indonesian consular office abroad, you might be requested to provide a bank statement to guarantee availability of funds for covering your expenses during your stay. You also may have to provide proof of return or onward ticket no later than 6 months after your date of entry into Indonesia. An onward ticket means any plane, boat or bus ticket for any destination outside Indonesia.

So, in list form, you need:

  1. your passport with a validity of 18 month
  2. 4 pass photos 4cm x 6 cm
  3. our invitation and sponsorship letter and the printed out scan of your Indonesian sponsor’s ID
  4. a copy of your airline ticket (return trip not later than six month from the date of entry)
  5. a bank statement to guarantee availability of funds for covering your expenses during your stay
  6. to fill out the form that the Indonesian consular office abroad will provide to you
  7. to pay the visa fee

Health Insurance

We recommend to conclude a valid health insure for abroad during your stay.


For more details, information material, or to register interest, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator  Alexandra Landmann (PhD) at

alhz­_indonesia [at]


alhzindonesia [at]

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