Guru Nanak - Celebrating Nanakshahi 550 - Sikh Research Institute

Guru Nanak - Celebrating Nanakshahi 550

In celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, you are invited to join the Sikh and interfaith community to learn about the life and philosophy of Guru Nanak.


Guru Nanak founded the Sikhi faith and principles. With his arrival on this planet, he challenged the status quo and the lens through which the world was viewed. His revolutionary thought changed the world, enlightening others around him, and created the foundations for the Sikh faith.

This event will explore the philosophy of Guru Nanak, exploring his foundational teachings. You can participate in workshops exploring Asa Ki Var, a Bani revealed by Guru Nanak. Or you can hear an academic perspective of Guru Nanak's spiritual sovereignty and socio-political impacts. The sessions will empower you to understand Guru Nanak’s teachings and turn this knowledge into action, at both a personal and community level.


Inderpreet Singh and Vineet Kaur of the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) will be facilitating a workshop that explores Guru Nanak’s Bani, Asa Ki Var. This workshop will explore the common theme’s revealed by Guru Nanak in this Bani. Participants will learn the history and context Asa Ki Var was revealed within and gain skills on how they can read and interpret Guru Nanak’s teachings. Full day participation is highly recommended for the Asa Ki Var session.

Dr. Balwant Singh Dhillon will explore Guru Nanak through an academic lens in two separate seminars. Dr Dhillon will discuss Guru Nanak's spiritual authority and the foundations Guru Nanak laid as the founder of Sikhism. Dr Dhillon’s second seminar will explore the socio-political implications of Guru Nanak along with discussions regarding inter-faith dialogue.Separate registration is available for these seminars.

Supervised activities for young children (ages 6+) will be available to support young parents and families to make the most of this event. Organizers are only providing supervised activities; parents are still responsible for the wellbeing of their children.

Lunch and Tea will be provided.

Please arrive at 10am for registration. To demonstrate respect to the speakers and participants, all attendees are requested to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheuled event time.

Paid parking is available at the University of Alberta. Lot E or Windsor Car Park are the nearest lots.

Bus service to the event will be available from Gurdwara Millwoods (2606 Mill Woods Road East) and Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (4504 Mill Woods Road South) to the event location. Buses will be leaving both locations at 9:45am on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

In support of the relief efforts for the Punjab floods, please visit Gurdwara Millwoods (2606 Mill Woods Road East) and Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (4504 Mill Woods Road South) to make financial donation.


Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
11455 Saskatchewan Drive (East of 116 St
Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3
October 12, 2019 at 10am - 4:30pm

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