What we're about

This Meetup group is for anyone who'd like to study ancient Hindu spiritual texts such as Vivekachudamani, Upanishads, Tripura Rahasya, Bhagavad Gita, etc. There are multiple ongoing classes on different texts. The classes are taught by Jim Gilman on a donation basis.

Jim has taught meditation and Vedanta around the world for over 30 years. For several years he served as an acharya with the Chinmaya Mission, Swami Chinmayananda’s world-wide organization. Jim’s approach to this work is immensely practical. He has a unique gift to express these subtle and profound truths in a manner that makes them easy for Westerners to understand, even with no background in Sanskrit or Hindu thought.
In keeping with the tradition set by Swami Chinmayananda, Jim stresses that this teaching is open to all, regardless of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or walk of life. All may come, and as the Hebrew psalmist says "taste and see the goodness of the Lord."

Classes are taught at the home of Jim Gilman, 250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland CA 94610 (at the corner of Grand and Park View Terrace).

Call Jim at 510-220-8453 for more information.

Upcoming events (5)

Atma Bodha – Knowledge of the Self

Online event

A 12 week class in the basic principles and practice of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual philosophy of ancient India. The text, “Atma Bodha” by Adi Shankara, is a classic scripture for those sincere Yogis who wish to understand the Path and the Goal of Self Realization. Class includes meditation instruction, unfolding of the text, and lively discussion Class starts June 1st. The class is online and all are welcome. The virtual room opens at 7:15, class begins at 7:30 Jim Gilman is a direct disciple of H. H. Swami Chimnayananda and has taught meditation and Adwaita Vedanta in the bay area and around the world for over 30 years. Call[masked] for details All Silent Way classes are offered on a donation basis.

Ongoing class on the Mandukya Upanishad. **Online**

Online event

This class is now online. Join at https://meet.google.com/kvh-ushp-gvh Virtual room opens at 7:15pm for the 7:30 class. The Upanishads, the concluding portion of the Vedas, contain the essence of the theory and practice of Adwaita Vedanta, the path to Self Realization. They deal with the nature of Ultimate Reality and the essential nature of what it is to be human. They speak of the deepest questions of philosophy as well as a person’s quest for meaning and happiness in life. Of all the Upanishads, the Mandukya is the shortest, and yet the most sublime. Using as its structure the unfolding of the deepest meaning and implications of the mantra AUM, it leads the sincere student to the highest vision of the non-dual Reality which resides at the core of our being. Because of its brevity and subtlety, it is traditionally studied with the Karika, or gloss, written by the sage Gaudapada. We will use the translation by Swami Chinmayananda. This is an advanced class. Only those who have some background in Vedanta theory and practice and are committed to a regular daily meditation practice will get value from the class. If you have questions as to whether or not this class is right for you, please call me and we can talk about it. Texts will be available at cost. Call Jim at[masked] or email him at [masked] for details. The class is offered on a donation basis.

Atma Bodha – Knowledge of the Self

Online event

A 12 week class in the basic principles and practice of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual philosophy of ancient India. The text, “Atma Bodha” by Adi Shankara, is a classic scripture for those sincere Yogis who wish to understand the Path and the Goal of Self Realization. Class includes meditation instruction, unfolding of the text, and lively discussion Class starts June 1st. The class is online and all are welcome. The virtual room opens at 7:15, class begins at 7:30 Jim Gilman is a direct disciple of H. H. Swami Chimnayananda and has taught meditation and Adwaita Vedanta in the bay area and around the world for over 30 years. Call[masked] for details All Silent Way classes are offered on a donation basis.

Ongoing class on the Mandukya Upanishad. **Online**

Online event

This class is now online. Join at https://meet.google.com/kvh-ushp-gvh Virtual room opens at 7:15pm for the 7:30 class. The Upanishads, the concluding portion of the Vedas, contain the essence of the theory and practice of Adwaita Vedanta, the path to Self Realization. They deal with the nature of Ultimate Reality and the essential nature of what it is to be human. They speak of the deepest questions of philosophy as well as a person’s quest for meaning and happiness in life. Of all the Upanishads, the Mandukya is the shortest, and yet the most sublime. Using as its structure the unfolding of the deepest meaning and implications of the mantra AUM, it leads the sincere student to the highest vision of the non-dual Reality which resides at the core of our being. Because of its brevity and subtlety, it is traditionally studied with the Karika, or gloss, written by the sage Gaudapada. We will use the translation by Swami Chinmayananda. This is an advanced class. Only those who have some background in Vedanta theory and practice and are committed to a regular daily meditation practice will get value from the class. If you have questions as to whether or not this class is right for you, please call me and we can talk about it. Texts will be available at cost. Call Jim at[masked] or email him at [masked] for details. The class is offered on a donation basis.

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