The Art & Science of Mantra Practice

Thursdays

April 29, 2021 to June 3, 2021

6.00pm to 7.30pm PST

A small donation will be applicable ($30.00) to register for the course

Instructor

Swami Atmarupananda

Reference books for this course.

Additional Suggested book: The Jesus Prayer, by "A Monk of the Eastern Church"

Session 1

Introduction: The Nature of Speech and Word

April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

From early childhood through old age we use speech and we learn words, but do we really know what we are doing? In this class we will look at the nature of language, the relationship of word to object, and how this relates to mantra.

Session 2

Creation from the Word

May 06, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

There are several ways of tracing back creation to a spiritual source. One of those ways is tracing it back through Word, as described in both Hindu and Christian texts.

Session 3

The Four Levels of Speech

May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

We are all aware of speech, but we are aware only of the most external manifestation of speech - the vocalized word heard by the ear. We normally aren't even aware of mental speech in itself, separated from physical speech. But there are four levels of speech, each of which becomes important at a stage of practice.

Session 4

Foundations of Practice

May 20, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

There are certain principles of practice that, if we keep them in mind, will help our practice. This class will list and discuss these foundational principles which will support and guide our practice.

Session 5

Stages of Practice

May 27, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

As in any spiritual practice, there are stages that we move through in advanced practice of the mantra. We will learn the basic stages, and the signs that we are ready to move from one to the other.

Session 6

The Mechanics of Practice

June 03, 2021 - 6:00pm PST

The use of a rosary is common across traditions. In India, counting the repetitions on the fingers is also practiced. We will study the proper use and usefulness of these and other mechanics of practice, such as joining the mantra to the breath.

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