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The Art of Meditation
taught by Jim Gilman
An eight week course in meditation practice and the fundamentals of Vedanta,
the ancient Hindu Science of Self Knowledge.

Introductory Class, Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
250 Grand Ave. #10, Oakland
(on Lake Merritt)
call 510-220-8453 or email Jim at jimgilman@thesilentway.org for details.
For more information on Jim’s work see his website at http://www.thesilentway.org
The class includes:
Thorough instruction in meditation
Guidance in ongoing practice
Practical tips on living the Spiritual Life
Yoga and Vedanta Philosophy
The class meets for eight consecutive Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00

About the Teacher
Jim Gilman is a direct disciple of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda. Under Swamiji's guidance, Jim has taught meditation and Vedanta around the world for over 30 years. Jim brings his thorough knowledge of the Vedantic scriptures as well as his own deep experience to his work, and expresses these subtle ideas in a way that makes them easy for all to understand. Jim is also available for personal instruction and spiritual direction by appointment. In keeping with tradition, all classes are given on a donation basis.

Upcoming events (5+)

MANDUKYA UPANISHAD - Weekly meditation and class

Jim Gilman's home

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

Vivekachoodamani - Weekly meditation and class

Jim Gilman's home

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

Jim Gilman's home

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

Vivekachoodamani - Weekly meditation and class

Jim Gilman's home

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

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