If you have questions not addressed below, please please email Mata Mandir Kaur or call her at 703.887.2111.
I am interested in Sikh Dharma, but don’t consider myself a Sikh. Do I have to identify as Sikh to be in the course?
No, you do not. The course is designed to take each participant through a journey of their own beliefs in relationship to the lifestyle and values included in Sikh Dharma. Your experience is your own, and seekers of truth of any identity are welcome. Those who are interested in learning about the Dharma, as well as those who have been on the path for many years, are welcome to explore their truth together. This diversity enriches the class experience.
How much time does the homework take for each class?
Each assignment includes some reading from one of two required texts, Heroes, Saints, and Yogis and the manual Victory and Virtue, or from provided materials, and the writing of a personal reflection. The reflection should be an average of 1 or 2 pages — it can be more or less. It does not need to be a formal essay, but an honest exploration of your thoughts and questions regarding the reading and the topic presented.
Also in preparation for each class, each participant is matched with another participant (your buddy) and asked to share their assignments ahead of the course conference call. This allows each participant to share with everyone else in the class on a one-to-one basis, building relationships that feed the strength of the virtual sangat that develops during the course.
Do I have to have a land line for the phone call?
Land lines give a more consistent and quality connection to the conference call, and are preferred, yet if a cell phone is your only option, it can work if you are in a quiet space with a strong signal. Some participants in past classes have found that using headphones or earbuds with their phones improves the experience.
Is there a cost to call into the class from outside the US?
Our conference call service has a local number in each major country which you can use to join the class. These numbers will be made available if you need. Another option is to call in on the phones feature on Skype, and the cost is minimal for that. Calling in via the conference call service has better sound quality however – and it may not cost anything for you.
What if I have to miss a class?
We understand that over the duration of the course you may have to miss one or two classes. It is expected that you let the facilitator know ahead of time and complete the assignment for the class that you miss as well as connect with other participants to gather the sentiments of the class that you missed. Normally the call is recorded, and you can listen to it at your convenience.
If I am interested in becoming a Sikh Dharma Minister, is this course required?
As of now, “Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma” is not required, but is highly recommended, for those who are preparing to become ministers. And although it is highly recommended, completion of the course is not a guarantee of becoming a minister. There is a thorough and specific procedure which needs to be followed toward that end.