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Vivekachoodamani - Weekly class
This is a weekly class on Vivekachoodamni (an ancient Hindu text). We start each class with a 20 minute meditation. After that we spend one hour reading and discussing the text. Please come a bit early as we start exactly on time. Written by the 8th century Hindu saint Adi Shankara, Vivekchoodamani is the original “handbook to higher consciousness.” It exhaustively sets out the spiritual path in a linear sequence of practices, informed by a thorough understanding of theory. It has been said that if one diligently practices all that is in Vivekachoodamni, on can guarantee Self Realization. Jim’s teacher, Swami Chinmayananda used to say that only two books were essential for the study and practice of Adwaita Vedanta – the BHAGAVAD GITA and VIVEKACHOODAMANI. Call Jim at[masked] or email him at [masked] for details. For more information on Jim’s work, see his website at

Jim Gilman's home

250 Grand Ave. #10 · Oakland, CA

What we're about

Join our group for meditation classes and discussion of ancient Indian scriptures. Each class consists of a 20 minute meditation followed by a one hour exploration of a spiritual text. Most classes have around 10 students and they take place in my home in Oakland. There is no charge for the courses (we operate on a voluntary dana/donation basis).

The following classes are currently ongoing:

Tripura Rahasya meeting Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM

Bhavawad Gita meeting Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM

Vivekachoodamani meeting Monday at 7:30 AM

Introductory course the Art of Meditation beginning January 18, Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

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

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