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Programs at Arsha Bodha Center

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Saturday

  9:30 AM    Puja & Chanting
10:00 AM    Guided Meditation
11:00 AM    Tea & Coffee Break
11:30 AM    Vedantic Wisdom of the Mahabharata Class
  1:00 PM    Arati

  2:00 PM    GitaAtWork Study Group (on 2nd Saturday)

Sunday

1st & 3rd Sundays
11 am - 12:30 pm: Children's Class - Begins September 17

2nd & 4th Sundays
11 am - 12:30 pm: Teenagers' Class - Begins September 24

On all Sundays
5 - 6:10 pm: Mindful Movement & Meditation led by Vasanthi                                           - Postponed until further notice

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
1st Sunday - Advanced Meditation with Swami Tadatmananda
3rd Sunday - Chanting & Meditation with Swami Tadatmananda
Other Sundays - Satsang with Swami Tadatmananda. Open format Q & A session

Monday

7:30 - 9 pm: Introduction to Vedanta Class - Classes have concluded

Tuesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Vedanta Class: Chandogya Upanishad - Begins September 12

Wednesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Introductory Sanskrit Class - Begins September 13

Thursday

7:30 - 8:15 pm: Advanced Sanskrit Class - Begins September 14
8:15 - 9:00 pm: Gita Bhashya Class - Begins September 14

 

Saturday

Mahabharata Class

This fall, our study of the Mahabharata, focused on powerful Vedantic teachings carefully selected by Swamiji, will proceed to the epic’s 12th book, the Shanti Parva. While Bhishma lies on a bed of arrows preparing to die, he imparts a vast body of spiritual wisdom to Yudhisthira, including the famous teachings on Moksha Dharma which is frequently quoted by Adi Shankara in his commentaries. Since each topic discussed in this class is independent, attendance of previous classes is not necessary. This class continues to meet every Saturday at 11:30 am.

Sunday

1st & 3rd Sundays

Children's Class

Our classes for children will resume on the first and third Sundays of each month, 11 am to 12:30 pm, beginning on September 17. Each session begins with prayers chanted in Sanskrit and English, followed by religion class (children divided into two age groups), and concludes with lively bhajans and arati led by Swamiji. All children 5 to 12 years of age are invited. Those 6 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration or fees are required, but timely, consistent attendance is expected.

2nd & 4th Sundays

Teenagers' Class

Our popular classes for teens will resume on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 11 am to 12:30 pm, beginning on September 24. Each class includes Sanskrit chanting, lecture, and discussion. This year’s topic is the Bhagavad Gita. All teens and mature 12-year-olds are welcome. Timely, consistent attendance is expected. Parents are also invited to attend. No registration or fees are required.

On all Sundays

Mindful Movement & Meditation

This class alternates seated practices with gentle, mindful movement, followed by guided meditation and relaxation techniques. It uses an experiential, Vedantic approach to develop a healthy relationship with the body and mind. These sessions, led by Vasanthi from 5 pm - 6:10 pm have been postponed until further notice.

1st Sunday

Advanced Meditation

For those who have studied Vedanta and have a regular meditation practice, these sessions will introduce advanced techniques, with a special emphasis on nididhyasana, Vedantic contemplation.

3rd Sunday

Chanting & Meditation

Prayerful, meditative recitation of Sanskrit stotras and chanting of mantras based on those stotras, in various ragas.

Other Sundays

Satsang

Open format Q & A session on topics relating to Vedanta.

Monday

Introduction to Vedanta Class

For students who want to better understand the Vedantic wisdom that was first discovered by the ancient rishis, Swamiji will introduce the fundamental principles of Vedanta in a simple, methodical way. This class will emphasize the use of Vedantic teachings to guide one’s own personal process of atma-vichara or self-inquiry, leading one to discover what those ancient rishis discovered. The role of important practices like meditation, karma yoga, and bhakti will also be discussed. This class will meet on Monday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 pm, beginning on September 11. Classes have concluded

Tuesday

Vedanta Class: Chandogya Upanishad

The final chapters of the Chandogya Upanishad contain some of Vedanta’s most famous and profound teachings. In Chapter 6, Rishi Uddalaka gives spiritual instruction to his son Shvetaketu, expounding the great mahavakya, “tat tvam asi,” in nine different ways. Chapter 7 expounds the exquisite Bhuma Vidya which reveals the limitlessness of atma. Chapter 8 teaches the Dahara Vidya which is a meditation on atma’s presence in the “cave of the heart.” Swamiji has carefully chosen selected passages from these three chapters to make our study as concise and powerful as possible. This class will meet on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 pm, beginning on September 12.

Wednesday

Introductory Sanskrit Class

This new session of our Introductory Sanskrit class will present the basics of Sanskrit grammar for those who have had little or no prior study of the language. Important, fundamental topics like sandhi, vibhakti, and the conjugation of verbs will be taught carefully and methodically, with extensive use of class handouts. This class will progress over a span of about three years. At the conclusion of the third year, students will be fully equipped to translate verses from the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures. This is a great opportunity to begin your studies. Vasanthi will teach this class on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 pm, beginning on September 13.

Thursday

Advanced Sanskrit Class

This class is a continuation of last year's Intermediate Sanskrit Class. It will now meet on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:15 pm, beginning September 14. Please note this change of time and day from last year.

Gita Bhashya Class

For students who have a working knowledge of Sanskrit, Swamiji teaches Adi Shankara’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. This class will resume on Thursday evenings, from 8:15 to 9:00 pm, beginning on September 14.

 

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