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

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Young Adult Meditation / Discussion Group (A New Earth / Tolle)

Calling all spiritual seekers to join our study group! We meet weekly on UC Berkeley campus for a short meditation followed by a reading/discussion of A New Earth. We have copies of the book available, so no need to bring anything. We have a pretty big regular group, so don't be alarmed if you don't see RSVPs on Meetup. Our meetings are continuing as per the schedule. (we usually have 7-10 people attending each meeting). If you are interested in meditation and the company of spiritual seekers, you will love this group! Our group members are typically between the ages of 18-35 but all are welcome! Please contact Setu for any questions at [masked] or[masked]

Ongoing class on Shankara's "Vivekachoodamani"

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. Class will be offered on a donation (guru dakshina) basis.

Vivekachoodamani - Weekly class

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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 http://thesilentway.org

MANDUKYA UPANISHAD - Weekly meditation and class

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This is a weekly class on MANDUKYA UPANISHAD (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. 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. 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 contact Jim. Jim can be reached at[masked] or via email at [masked]. For more information on Jim’s work, see his website at http://thesilentway.org

Past events (246)

ONGOING SAT SANG ON THE BHAGAVAD GITA

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