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Spiritual Adventurers San Jose

San Jose, CA

Spiritual Adventurers San Jose

Welcome, spiritual adventurer! Are you ready to awaken to your true nature as Soul? Discove what spiritual freedom means to you. 

Meet with others like you who share a passion for spirituality—who seek actual spiritual experiences, such as lucid or significant dreams, out-of-body travel, past life recall, or encounters with spiritual masters— bringing more meaning, purpose and joy to daily life.
We are an open, friendly spiritual community for people of all faiths. Explore your deepest spiritual questions, and meet people of like mind and heart.

The Eckankar Center of San Jose is temporarily suspending all in-person gatherings 
until July 31st to support everyone's health and safety. During this time, we are hosting our classes virtually on Zoom so you can continue your spiritual exploration journey with us. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Other sites you may wish to explore:

Main Eckankar Site (

Eckankar Blog (
Animals are Soul Blog
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Eckankar Videos (

This Meetup site and its events are sponsored by members of Eckankar as a community service.

Copyright © 2020 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved. The terms ECKANKAR, ECK, EK, MAHANTA, SOUL TRAVEL, and VAIRAGI, among others, are trade- marks of ECKANKAR, PO Box 2000, Chanhassen, MN 55317-2000 USA.

401 members · Public

Manjushri Buddha Dharma Lineage in Aptos

Aptos, CA

Manjushri Buddha Dharma Lineage in Aptos

Brief Introduction to Our Guru

Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche

At a very young age, Rinpoche followed Huiling Rinpoche, the Lineage Holder of Nagavara Raja Buddha Tradition, and completed the systematic study of the Nagavara Raja Buddha Lineage and became the Lineage Holder. The Nagavara Raja Buddha Lineage inherits the “Prajna Paramita Sutra” and the profound uncommon Vajrayana teachings of Manjushri Bodhisattva. As he became a little older, Rinpoche encountered Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche. He was moved by Tsenshab Rinpoche’s Old Kadampa moral character, and received the “blessing from the Pure Vision of the Old Kadampa Lineage pure positive karma” from Tsenshab Rinpoche. Every time seeing Tsenshab Rinpoche, his tears would naturally flow out. On one occasion, Rinpoche paid homage to the relic display of Gurus, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and saw that the most venerable Atisha’s relics were surrounded by clean, pure and holy light, similar to the holiness of the relics of Buddha and Bodhisattvas. He generated utter faith in the uncommon virtue of most venerable Atisha, and generated uncommon veneration for most venerable Atisha. He came to understand that the mind quality of Tsenshab Rinpoche that moved him originated from most venerable Atisha. For a long time Rinpoche studied in front of the throne of his Dharma father, the “49th Ganden Tripa” Dhakpa Rinpoche, and was recognized by Dhakpa Rinpoche as his important close disciple. Dhakpa Rinpoche is a great cultivator who holds the “Old Kadampa” tradition and style, the same as Tsenshab Rinpoche. Because of Rinpoche’s loyalty and devotion to his Guru, he received his Guru’s trust. Dhakpa Rinpoche passed the Lineage Dharma Seat of “Stages of Path to Enlightenment”, many Lineage teachings, and cultivation experience and essence of the Old Kadampa tradition to Rinpoche. Allowing him to become a Guru who can transmit and teach the “Stages of Path to Enlightenment” and Kadampa teachings. This fulfilled his dream of having Guru-Disciple relationship with most venerable Atisha. Besides having the cultivation style of the pure tradition, Rinpoche followed the most exceptional Gurus in the “Gyuto Tantric College” and “Gyume Tantric College” to study Vajrayana teachings. These Vajrayana Gurus all consider Rinpoche as their most outstanding disciple.

Rinpoche believes the greatest meaning of Buddha descending to Jambudvipa (this world system) is to make the sentient beings awaken their inner “good heart and kindness”, abandon mutual “hostile rejection”, so that people can “live together in harmony”, and can also “care for each other” and “help each other”, to improve people’s “public morality”, and to make human beings “live in harmony” with the nature. He prays for the planet that we live on to recover from the harm that was already made.

Rinpoche carries the tradition and style he received from his Gurus, and is humble and low key. But he clearly distinguishes virtue and evil, and allows no space for ambiguity. He is dedicated to restoring the “Old Kadampa” real cultivation spirit. He believes all cultivations should begin with putting down “self attachment” and clearly distinguishing “virtue and evil”. One should be able to earnestly practice the logic that oneself says. Teaching Dharma should be according to the “virtue root” of the students and their level of cultivation and learning, and one should not teach high and deep Dharma logic to students who have not received training; this would harm the virtue root of the students, and make the students overestimate their own levels and not be able to solve their problems. One should first build a stable foundation and then “gradually progress step by step”.  He prays for all Buddha’s disciples to have the ability to make their own cultivation improve.

Rinpoche has accurate study and comprehension for both Sutrayana and Vajrayana teachings, and is an exceptional scholar. But his teaching style is very concise. He only teaches the disciples simple meaning and logic, and then teaches the disciples to recite mantra to remove obstacles, to reveal their existing “ability of comprehension” and “ability of following the correct Dharma”. This is a practical and feasible cultivation method in this Dharma ending period. At the same time, he is extremely careful about using the correct motivation to recite mantras; only in this way can one deliver the function of mantras correctly. To simply put, Rinpoche mainly teaches mantra recitation, and uses its actual function of subduing obstacles and improving wisdom to accomplish listening, contemplation and cultivation of Dharma; after that one can then learn profound Dharma teachings progressively. This way of both studying the stages and accumulating assets at the same time, should be the most effective way of cultivation under the current circumstance where various problems emerge one after another.

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East Bay Spiritual Experiences Group

Berkeley, CA

East Bay Spiritual Experiences Group

Welcome Spiritual Adventurers

At this time East Bay Spiritual Experiences Group is temporarily suspending physical gatherings to honor everyone's health and safety. You are warmly invited to visit our video conferences and/or audio conferences on the “events” tab to continue your spiritual exploration journey. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please join us for uplifting virtual spiritual discussions that are open to all truth seekers, regardless of faith. These heart-opening discussions provide an opportunity to share our spiritual experiences and gain a greater understanding of them.

We meet to share and discuss spiritual experiences and topics in an open, friendly and respectful environment. Talking with others can help us understand what our experiences mean. We also discuss spiritual techniques and resources for gaining greater experience and insight. Individuals and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

Have you had a spiritual experience? Spiritual experiences can include:

Prophetic dreams

Deja vu

Remembering a past life

Out-of-body experience

Flying in a dream

Knowing the truth instantly

Guiding intuitions

Eckankar is an ancient teaching that helps people make spiritual experiences an everyday reality in their lives.

Other sites you may wish to explore:

Main Eckankar Site: for a free book, a quote of the day and a spiritual exercise of the week, along with a wealth of other uplifting content —

Eckankar Blog —

Animals are Soul Blog —

Download free HU App —

Eckankar Videos —

Copyright © 2021 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved. The terms ECKANKAR, ECK, EK, MAHANTA, SOUL TRAVEL, and VAIRAGI, among others, are trade- marks of ECKANKAR, PO Box 2000, Chanhassen, MN 55317-2000 USA.

690 members · Public

Astrology, Explorer's Guidebook

Berkeley, CA

Astrology, Explorer's Guidebook

Our events are free. We welcome beginners and advanced western astrology enthusiasts. Our events will be online at least through 2022.

Our events are interactive online meetings rather than webinar lectures with Q&A later. Participants are encouraged to prepare and participate. Please read the event description carefully to see what you need to do to prepare for the event, complete your registration, and receive the link to the event. I am happy to respond to any questions, concerns, or comments you have about our group. Message me, Gerald, Organizer

Participants are asked to prepare for the event by studying the learning resources (files & links) described in the event description. We apply the astrology techniques presented for the event to the participants’ charts rather than just discussing the theory of the technique. We practice “show me; don’t just tell me”. Any chart being discussed is shared on the Zoom screen for all participants to see. You choose whether or not to have your chart shown and discussed. We stay focused on the topic of the event; we do not do general chart readings for participants.

Many of our participants have said that they appreciate the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the group and also appreciate that the members share their astrology knowledge — which is often extensive.

Our Meetup events are designed for participants who already have a basic understanding of how to interpret the planets, houses, and signs; however, if you are a beginner, our events could complement other ways you are learning astrology.

The astrological birth (natal) chart (complete with all the planets, houses, and signs) is not a fated description of your character, but rather like the back of a seed packet, the chart shows the conditions necessary for good growth. Another way of considering the chart is that it is a guidebook, not a guide. You make choices.

Your chart is a road map of the journey of your life -- you get to choose how you move through it: take side trips, spend more time and resources on some parts of the journey, free will decisions about how you interact with fellow travelers, etc.

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Tarot Energy Healing! for Fun & Empowerment.

Sunnyvale, CA

Tarot Energy Healing! for Fun & Empowerment.

This group is for people interested in Tarot and energy healing. The newbie and the experienced alike are welcome.

We will be about discussing and learning about different energy healing and energy reading modalities, and taking those modalities and blending them together with Tarot. That's a pretty big umbrella, and we'll touch on Reiki, meditation, song, Earth energy, working with your angels and guides, chakras and auras, protection, cords and curses, and clearing up the soul for some joyful flow.

We will be learning different types of Tarot readings and how to create your own spreads so that you can get more of out your cards in a personal way for you. These spreads include messages from your angels, guides, ancestors, ascended masters, the Divine/God/dess, your higher self, spirit animal guide, etc. It also includes chakras, past lives, how to deal with unwanted entities and spirits, etc.

We will also talk about DISCERNMENT and intuition; about how to discern what is your intuition (aka the Holy Spirit, or whatever you wish to call it), vs your own thoughts, and how mental health disorders plays a role in all this. We will also have a crunchy side dish of ethics.

Not only that, but this also going to be about how you can use your cool intuitive spiritual knowledge and abilities in the real world. That it's more than just something you do separate from the rest of your life, that it's all a part of your life.

My name is Ruth ~ Lady of Radiant Joy. I am certified as both a Reiki Master Teacher (3 years) and a Motoki practitioner (lvl 2, 1 year).* I have been using Tarot seriously for about two years (self taught from books and a Udemy course, before that I was just a dabbler).  I adore Tarot and often when I do a reading I see energy healing that needs to be done to help the querent! Energy is energy. It doesn't matter the size of the veins they're all connected to the main arteries! Thus, I'm a bit of a "Jill of all trades" in the intuitive energy healing/reading world, and it's awesome. I believe we all have the potential if we choose to tap into it.

My job will be to facilitate learning from one another and to create safe space, with a side order of fun while keeping it real. Suggestions and questions are always welcome!

*See pics for my Reiki lineage and certificates, and Moto-ki certificate, under my legal name Ruth Renate Davidson (or shortened to, Ruth R. Davidson).

381 members · Public