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Philosophy and Meditation in Eastern Spirituality

Thursdays

March 04, 2021 to April 08, 2021

6.00pm to 7.30pm PST

Instructor

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Session 1

Buddhist Philosophy and Mindfulness Meditation

March 04, 2021 - 6pm PST

We will explore Buddhist insights into impermanence, emptiness, and compassion, all of which lead to enlightenment. The accompanying mindfulness meditation is minimalistic, accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike, and is therefore popular and widely used today in both spiritual and secular realms.

Session 2

Kashmir Shaivism and Soham Meditation

March 11, 2021 - 6pm PST

The ancient Kashimiri Shaivas developed an elaborate system of philosophy and associated meditations. They teach the principal of recognition of our divine nature. Our Real nature is Shiva, the Ultimate Reality, and we need only recognize this fact. They teach numerous methods of meditation to enable this final recognition. We will learn the “Soham Meditation,” one of the most powerful and well known.

Session 3

Bhakti philosophy and devotional meditation

March 18, 2021 - 6pm PST

The Bhakti schools of Vedanta are the backbone of mainstream Hinduism. These schools have elaborate and well worked-out theologies which center on love of God. We shall learn a method of devotional meditation which relies on mantra and rich visualization.

Session 4

Advaita Vedanta and Non-Dual Meditation: Tat Tvam Asi

March 25, 2021 - 6pm PST

“That thou art” is the central message of Advaita Vedanta. A phenomenological enquiry reveals the profound depths of the Self. We realize the divinity of the Self and the oneness of all existence, leading to freedom from limitation and the attainment of ultimate fulfillment.

Session 5

Advaita Vedanta and non-dual meditation: Drg drsya vivek

April 01, 2021 - 6pm PST

This brief 14th-century non-dual text provides a paradigm by which we can discern the Seer from the Seen and gives us six meditations leading to non-dual realization.

Session 6

Advaita Vedanta and non-dual meditation: Aparokshanubhuti

April 08, 2021 - 6pm PST

This 8th-century text by the great master, Adi Shakaracharya, introduces us to non-dual philosophy with a wealth of examples and illustrations.
Additionally, the text offers 15 techniques of meditation which enable us to soak in the teachings.

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