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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
Resumes Sunday, October 6, 2019


2nd & 4th Sundays
11 am - 12:30 pm: Teenagers' Class
Resumes Sunday, October 13, 2019


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

Tuesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Mandukya Upanishad Class
Starts Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Wednesday

7:30 - 9 pm: Intermediate Sanskrit
Resumes Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Thursday

7:30 - 9 pm: Katha Upanishad Class
Starts Thursday, October 3, 2019

 

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 October 6, 2019. 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 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 October 13, 2019. Each class includes Sanskrit chanting, lecture, and discussion. This year's topic is "Sadhana – Spiritual Practice." All teens and mature 12-year-olds are welcome. Timely, consistent attendance is expected. Parents are also invited to attend. No registration or fees 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 continue in Fall, from October 13, 6 pm to 7:30 pm. 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.

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 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, taught by Vasanthi, continues in Fall, from October 27, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday

Vedanta Class: Mandukya Upanishad

The famous Mandukyka Upanishad brilliantly expresses the highest truth of Advaita Vedanta in just twelve verses. The mahavakya, "ayam atma brahma," is found here. An important commentary on this Upanishad was composed by Gaudapada, the guru of Shankara's guru.

The Karika of Gaudapada has four chapters:

Agama - unfolds the meaning of the Upanishad
Vaitathya - shows the unreality of the world
Advaita - establishes the truth of non-duality
Alatashanti - shows defects of other schools of thought

All are invited to join this class taught by Swamiji on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning October 1, 2019.

Wednesday

Intermediate Sanskrit

Vasanthi's class on Sanskrit grammar and reading will resume on Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning on October 9, 2019. New students who already have a strong understanding of sandhi, vibhakti and verbs are invited to join.

Thursday

Katha Upanishad Class

This new class will help students who want to deepen their understanding of Vedantic teachings and those who want to improve their ability to read Sanskrit texts with full comprehension. The Katha Upanishad is a wonderful exposition of Advaita Vedanta that begins with young Nachiketa's dialogue with Yama, the god of death. Shankara's insightful commentary on this text has been described as prasanna, clear, and gambhira, profound. Students attending this class should have a basic grasp of Sanskrit language and the main principles of Advaita Vedanta.
Swamiji will teach this class on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning October 3, 2019.

 

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