Our Mission


The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies (BIHS) is a center for the research and dissemination of a non-mechanistic scientific view of reality.  The main purpose of the Institute is to explore the implications of Bhagavat Vedanta philosophy as it bears upon human culture, and to present its findings in courses, lectures, conferences, monographs, digital media, and books.  Our work contributing a non-mechanistic view of matter and consciousness to scientific discourse with a goal of exploringconsciousness as an irreducible aspect of reality. 

The Bhaktivedanta Institute (BI) was formed in 1976 to build intellectual bridges and create joint research paths between the empirical knowledge of modern scholasticism and the metaphysical, cosmological, and cultural descriptions of India's Bhagavata Vedanta tradition. Over the last four decades, our work has produced numerous significant publications, research partnerships, and conference proceedings. Past conferences sponsored by the Bhaktivedanta Institute have brought together scientists and philosophers, including a number of Nobel Laureates, to explore areas of mutual interest.

 We disseminate research outcomes through articles, monographs, and books and hold open discussion and presentation forums through an on-going series of courses, lectures, and conferences.  We welcome  networking with researchers from all disciplines and philosophical persuasions.

The Richard L. Thompson Archives


Since its inception in 1976, the Bhaktivedanta Institute has grown into a global confederation of research centers.  We recognize the wonderful work all of these centers have done on behalf of the over all mission of the Institute.

The Bhaktivedanta Institute of Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida has grown out of the work of the late Dr. Richard L. Thompson one of the original members of the Bhaktivedanta Institute.   Dr. Thompson (Feb. 4, 1947–Sept. 18, 2008), also known by his Vaishnava name Sadaputa dasa, was a mathematician, scientist, philosopher, researcher of ancient cosmology, author, and devoted practitioner of bhakti-yoga.

 In 1974, Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics. During this time he found inspiration in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, and became an initiated disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement.

In his professional career, Thompson pursued research in quantum theory and mathematical biology, as well as NASA-funded research in satellite remote sensing. He produced over two-dozen peer reviewed scientific papers and a co-authored textbook on computer modeling of biological systems.

The Bhaktivedanta Institute of Higher Studies is proud to be affiliated with the Richard L. Thompson Archives. All of Dr. Thompson's books are back in print and available through the Archives website. 

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