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.

More information on our classes is also at www.thesilentway.org

Upcoming events (5)

Mandukya Upanishad (ongoing class). **Online**

Online event

This class is now online at https://meet.google.com/kvh-ushp-gvh Virtual room opens at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm 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. Class meets every Thursday beginning February 6, from 7:30 - 9:00pm at 250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland CA 94610. 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.

ONGOING SAT SANG ON THE BHAGAVAD GITA. **Online**

Online event

This class is now online! Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4789049062 The virtual room opens at 6:15 for 6:30 class. Details below: • What we'll do We will use the translation by Swami Chinmayananda. A student will chant the slokas in Sanskrit, we will then read the English translation and discuss its depth meaning. Gita is very circular in structure. This is a good "drop in" group. You can come in at any point and enter into Gita's sublime teaching. The group will take about 2 1/2 years to complete the entire text. For more details on Jim's work see his website at thesilentway.org • What to bring • Important to know Class begins with a 20 minute silent meditation, so please be on time or early.

Satsang on Vivekachoodamani (The Crest Jewel of Discrimination)

The ongoing class begins Monday August 24, from 7:30-9:00 pm, and will be conducted virtually on Zoom. The virtual meeting room will open at 7:15. Written by the 8th century Hindu saint Adi Shankara, VIVEKACHOODAMANI 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 VIVEKACHOODAMANI, 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. The class is offered on a donation basis.

Mandukya Upanishad (ongoing class). **Online**

Online event

This class is now online at https://meet.google.com/kvh-ushp-gvh Virtual room opens at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm 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. Class meets every Thursday beginning February 6, from 7:30 - 9:00pm at 250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland CA 94610. 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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