In Memoriam


Hilary Anderson, PhD
California Institute of Integral Studies
Professor Emeritus
Asian Philosophies & Womens Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

Friends will gather to share remembrances and honor the life of Hilary Anderson, a long-time devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and a student of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. Hilary worked with Dr. Chaudhuri in the founding of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was a former professor, dean, and founding board member of the university. A well-known lecturer, scholar, therapist, and seminar leader, Dr. Anderson utilized a rich synthesis of East-West mythology and psycho-spiritual symbolism to promote healing and a deep cross cultural understanding of the human condition. Her unique perspective was rooted in a deep appreciation of our common cultural values and ideals expressed in the language of myth, symbol, and ritual. She recognized gods and goddesses of the great world myths as archetypal energy patterns, and developed a profound process through which we can identify the major mythic themes that play in our daily lives. 

Hilary made her transition on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Castro Valley, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. She will be dearly missed by her students, friends, and colleagues.

Cultural Integration Fellowship
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California

415.668.1559 |

Durga Puja – A Celebration of the Goddess


You are Invited to our Annual Durga Puja

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Cultural Integration Fellowship

2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Durga Puja is a major festival in Bengal and is celebrated all over India in worship of the Goddess Durga, the Mother Goddess who can protect and redeem in situations of utmost distress. She has been empowered by the gods and manifests fearlessness and strength. The Cultural Integration Fellowship has been offering a Durga Puja celebration since 1971, officiated by Ramen Chakrabarti. Indira Bulkin will recite the Sri Chandi.

The Cultural Integration Fellowship was founded in 1951 by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri as a center of universal religion and to promote the interchange of ideas between east and west. Seeking a dynamic synthesis of the cultural and spiritual values of all people, the Fellowship teaches the complementarity of the world’s great religions and philosophies and celebrates our unity in diversity.


You are Invited to a Special Presentation

by Pradip Kumar Das

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Cultural Integration Fellowship

2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Ragamala Paintings

Ragamala paintings are pages from a garland (mala) of visual melodies (ragas). Many centuries before the Islamic invasions of India, perhaps as early as the third century, or even earlier, there existed short poetical descriptions of ragas, usually in the form of brief prayer verses. Although these verses did not indicate pictorial representations of the ragas they show the trend towards musical/poetical/pictorial associations. The paintings are suggestive of the time of day, season and a variety of moods. The presentation will outline the origin, symbolism and representation of Ragamala Paintings, its development as a function of environment and interpretation and resultant impact on culture.

Pradip Kumar Das graduated with Honours in History from the Presidency College Calcutta and the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. After a career in the corporate sector in India, he now devotes his time to Indian Classical Music, Research and Writing. His published works include “An Introduction to Classical Hindustani Music,” “A Scent of Clover” a collection of his own memoirs, “A History of the Tollygunge Club since 1895” co-authored with his wife, Dr. Amita Das and “Colonial Calcutta-Religious Architecture as a Mirror of Empire.”


Welcome Reception to Follow

Please rsvp to Rita Pease or Sandy Kepler at 415.668.1559 or


65th Anniversary Celebration June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm; 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

The Cultural Integration Fellowship celebrates its 65th anniversary with a dinner honoring
Sudarshan Kapoor, PhD

Inspired by the philosophy of integral living, the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) was founded in 1951 by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri as a center of universal religion and spiritual practice. Honoring the spiritual traditions of diverse cultures and religions, CIF promotes the interchange of ideas between the cultures of east and west, creating a greater sense of cross cultural harmony and world peace.

This year we are privileged to honor Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor for his outstanding contributions in building a culture of peace and non-violence at home and around the world.

Dr. Kapoor is professor emeritus and former founding director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at California State University, Fresno. He also helped establish the university’s Peace Garden. Known popularly as the “Peace Man of Fresno,” Dr. Kapoor’s long career in the field of social work stands testimony to his popular title. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kapoor has played an important role in creating an atmosphere of peace and goodwill among groups from various walks of life. He worked in the post independence Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement as a chief organizer in Punjab, India, and is a founding member of several peace and civic organizations in Fresno including Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee, City of Fresno, the Interfaith Alliance of Central California, and the Council of Indian Organizations of the Central Valley. He currently chairs Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley and teaches ‘Peacebuilding’ at Fresno State.

Dr. Kapoor has been honored by the legislature and congress for his outstanding contributions. He has also been honored by Fresno Bee, the largest newspaper of the Central Valley, during its 75th Anniversary Celebration as one of the 75 most important persons of Central Valley who made a difference.

for further information, please contact Sandy Kepler at 415.668.1559 or