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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.

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The Essence of Yoga Vasistha

Jim's home

An ongoing Monday evening class studying this classic Adwaita scripture. The class will be offered in a “hybrid” format – in-person instruction or Zoom (both options are available). For Zoom, see this link for access: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89347348266?pwd=VzlIZHg1bEpYbjBIT1hhL1JzdXdrZz09

Class includes meditation, unfolding of the text, and lively discussion. All Silent Way classes are offered on a donation basis.

Attributed to the saint Valmiki, the legendary poet of the Ramayana, the Yoga Vasistha is considered one of the most important Adwaita scriptures. Chronologically, it takes place before the Ramayana, when Rama is just a young man. He leaves the palace to see the world and returns full of dejection which mystifies everyone except the court sage Vasistha. Vasistha discerns that Rama has developed true insight and dispassion and is not merely depressed. Vasistha proceeds to enlighten him. The text is a series of stories, often filled with humor, that plumb the depths of the deepest spiritual philosophy and practice.
The text we will use “Yoga Vasistha Sangraha,” is an abridgement, condensing the text from 32,000 slokas down to around 1,600. All are welcome.
Call[masked] for details

Tripura Rahasya (ongoing class, online and in-person)

Online event

This class is offered both online and in-person!

For online, join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85195225893?pwd=TW9NNG9qb2VUWmp5eStCZDFKUy9qUT09
The virtual room opens at 7:15 for 7:30 class.

For in person, the address is 250 Grand Ave #10, Oakland, CA. Attendance is limited to those who are fully vaccinated and are at full level of immunity (2 weeks after you last shot). Masks are not required but can be worn if preferred.

Tripura Rahasya is one of the greatest texts in the Advaita Vedanta, the core teaching of gnyana yoga. It was one of the favorites of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great 20th century Tamil saint. It is from the tantric tradition and is a wonderful collection of stories illustrating the highest non-dual philosophy. In keeping with many tantric texts, it describes Ultimate Reality in terms of the Divine Feminine. It is unusual in that most of the central figures that attain Enlightenment are women. Each of the stories presents a basic philosophical idea of this tradition and includes concrete meditation practices for the serious student of Vedanta.

The text is ascribed to the sage Dattatreya, on of India’s oldest sage/avatars and the reputed author of the Dattatreya Upanishad found in the Atharva Veda. He figures in the great epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

This will be an weekly ongoing class open to all on a donation basis. However, it is not a “drop in” group. Students should be willing to make a commitment to regular ongoing attendance so as to keep up with the subtle, but progressive movement of thought through the text. We will discuss the Advaita Philosophy in this scripture and get practical instruction as to how to apply these principles in daily life. A commitment to regular daily meditation is a requirement of the class.

The class will be online on Zoom. The ZoomRoom will be open at 7:15.

The Essence of Yoga Vasistha

Jim's home

An ongoing Monday evening class studying this classic Adwaita scripture. The class will be offered in a “hybrid” format – in-person instruction or Zoom (both options are available). For Zoom, see this link for access: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89347348266?pwd=VzlIZHg1bEpYbjBIT1hhL1JzdXdrZz09

Class includes meditation, unfolding of the text, and lively discussion. All Silent Way classes are offered on a donation basis.

Attributed to the saint Valmiki, the legendary poet of the Ramayana, the Yoga Vasistha is considered one of the most important Adwaita scriptures. Chronologically, it takes place before the Ramayana, when Rama is just a young man. He leaves the palace to see the world and returns full of dejection which mystifies everyone except the court sage Vasistha. Vasistha discerns that Rama has developed true insight and dispassion and is not merely depressed. Vasistha proceeds to enlighten him. The text is a series of stories, often filled with humor, that plumb the depths of the deepest spiritual philosophy and practice.
The text we will use “Yoga Vasistha Sangraha,” is an abridgement, condensing the text from 32,000 slokas down to around 1,600. All are welcome.
Call[masked] for details

Tripura Rahasya (ongoing class, online and in-person)

This class is offered both online and in-person!

For online, join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85195225893?pwd=TW9NNG9qb2VUWmp5eStCZDFKUy9qUT09
The virtual room opens at 7:15 for 7:30 class.

For in person, the address is 250 Grand Ave #10, Oakland, CA. Attendance is limited to those who are fully vaccinated and are at full level of immunity (2 weeks after you last shot). Masks are not required but can be worn if preferred.

Tripura Rahasya is one of the greatest texts in the Advaita Vedanta, the core teaching of gnyana yoga. It was one of the favorites of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great 20th century Tamil saint. It is from the tantric tradition and is a wonderful collection of stories illustrating the highest non-dual philosophy. In keeping with many tantric texts, it describes Ultimate Reality in terms of the Divine Feminine. It is unusual in that most of the central figures that attain Enlightenment are women. Each of the stories presents a basic philosophical idea of this tradition and includes concrete meditation practices for the serious student of Vedanta.

The text is ascribed to the sage Dattatreya, on of India’s oldest sage/avatars and the reputed author of the Dattatreya Upanishad found in the Atharva Veda. He figures in the great epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

This will be an weekly ongoing class open to all on a donation basis. However, it is not a “drop in” group. Students should be willing to make a commitment to regular ongoing attendance so as to keep up with the subtle, but progressive movement of thought through the text. We will discuss the Advaita Philosophy in this scripture and get practical instruction as to how to apply these principles in daily life. A commitment to regular daily meditation is a requirement of the class.

The class will be online on Zoom. The ZoomRoom will be open at 7:15.

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