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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

Sunday

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

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

On All Sunday Evenings, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
1st  Sunday - Advanced Meditation
2nd Sunday - Mindfulness Meditation
3rd  Sunday - Musical Meditation
4th  Sunday - Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra
5th  Sunday - Satsang with Swami Tadatmananda. Open format Q & A

Tuesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Vedanta Class: Sruti Sara Samuddharana

Wednesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Introductory Sanskrit Class

Thursday

7:30 - 9 pm: Vedanta & Sanskrit Reading Class: Laghu Vasudeva Manana

 

Saturday

Mahabharata Class

Swami Tadatmananda continues to present selected passages from the Moksha Dharma Parva, focusing on Vedantic teachings rather than stories. Each topic is independent, so attendance of previous classes is not necessary. Class meets every Saturday, 11:30 am.

Sunday

1st & 3rd Sundays

Children's Class

Our Children's Class will resume on the first and third Sundays of each month, 11 am to 12:30 pm beginning on September 16. Each session begins with prayers chanted in Sanskrit & English, followed by religion class (children divided into age groups), and concludes with lively bhajans and arati led by Swamiji. This class is for children 5 to 12 years of age. Those 6 years and younger 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 23. Each class includes Sanskrit chanting, lecture, and discussion. This year's topic is "History of Hinduism." 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

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.

2nd Sunday

Mindfulness Meditation

Our popular Mindful Awareness Meditation classes resume in Fall. These interactive classes use an experiential approach to develop a pragmatic, healthy relationship with the body, mind and the world. They also help in the assimilation of lofty Vedantic teachings taught by Swamiji. No prior knowledge of meditation or Vedanta is required. Vasanthi will give a special introductory presentation and workshop on Sunday, September 9, 6 to 7:30 pm on the basic principles of Mindfulness Meditation. Regular classes will then continue on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

3rd Sunday

Musical Meditation

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

4th Sunday

Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra

One thousand names of Lord Vishnu were taught by Bhishma to Yudhishthira in the thirteenth book of the Mahabharata, the Anushasana Parva. This portion is frequently studied independently and recited as a stotra. Our new class will begin with stotra recitation and explanation of the meaning and symbolism of the thousand names, and will conclude with guided meditation. This class will be taught by Vasanthi on the 4th Sunday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, beginning on September 23.

Tuesday

Vedanta Class: Sruti Sara Samuddharana

This brilliant text was composed by Totaka, also known as Totakacharya, one of Sri Shankara's four main disciples and the founder of the famous Shankara Math at Joshimath in Uttarakhand. He meticulously prepared this extremely helpful compilation (samuddharana) of the essential teachings (sara) of the Upanishads (sruti). His brief text is a superb introduction to the teachings of Vedanta which lead to the discovery of one's true, divine nature as sat-cit-ananda. Swami Tadatmananda will teach this class on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 pm, beginning on September 11.

Wednesday

Introductory Sanskrit Class

Our Introductory Sanskrit class taught by Vasanthi, will continue to present the basics of Sanskrit Grammar on Wednesdays. Fundamental topics like vibhakti, participles and conjugation of verbs will be taught methodically, with the use of handouts and homework assignments. Basic reading skills will also be introduced. A thorough grasp of sandhis is required to participate in this continuing class. Class begins on September 12, 7:30 to 9 pm. Please print Vibhakti Case Functions handout from our website (Teachings/Sanskrit Class Materials/Handouts) and bring to first class.

Thursday

Vedanta & Sanskrit Reading Class

This new class is being introduced to meet the needs of two kinds of students: those who wish to deepen their understanding of Vedanta's elaborate teaching methodology, and those who wish to improve their ability to read Sanskrit texts with full comprehension. The text for this class, Laghu Vasudeva Manana, is a systematic and extensive exposition of Vedanta by a teacher named Vasudevendra. Students attending this class should have a basic grasp of the Sanskrit language and of the main principles of advaita Vedanta. Swami Tadatmananda will teach this text on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 pm, beginning on September 13.

 

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