I had the privilege of visiting the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge a few days ago – and took the chance to speak with Dr Beth Singler. I first interviewed her in a 2014 video, when she was still researching her doctorate. Now she has completed – I wanted to see where her research led her, in examining Indigo Children:
Interview by Dr Dave Webster.
In this video, Dr David Webster chats with Ben den Ouden, a postgraduate student at the University of Groningen, in the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies. Ben used to be an active member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), although he has ceased to be a member of that group at all.
Ben is not your stereotypical angry-ex-member of a NRM, and he talks reflectively about what led him to the movement, and his own personal experience of it.
From RPE at Gloucestershire.
I ask Robert the question, ‘what is SGI?’, but we also discuss how he came to be part of the movement, and we also find ourselves touching on key Buddhist ideas like Dependent Origination, and the idea of ‘chanting’ within SGI practice.
You can see more regarding SGI’s status as a New Religious Movement here.