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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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Tripura Rahasya (ongoing class, in-person and online

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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.

ONGOING SAT SANG ON THE BHAGAVAD GITA. **Online and in person**

Needs a location

This class is offered both online and in-person!

For online, join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4789049062
The virtual room opens at 6:15 for 6:30 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.

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.

The Essence of Yoga Vasistha

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

Needs a location

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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