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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)

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.

Tripura Rahasya (ongoing class, online)

Online event

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.

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.

Tripura Rahasya (ongoing class, online)

Online event

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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