Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
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  • Closed for Memorial Day holiday

    Date: 05/28/2017

  • Dr. Chaudhuri and Integral Yoga

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 06/04/2017


    Inspired by divine revelations, Sri Aurobindo synthesized various yoga traditions, naming his formulation “Integral Yoga.” In the process of writing, Sri Aurobindo would silence his mind, allowing himself to become an instrument of the higher divine force and scribing the divinely-inspired writings as they flowed through him. Given this process as well as Sri Aurobindo’s training in Victorian English, his writing can be difficult to follow and comprehend. This gap was beautifully filled by his disciple, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, who presented Integral Yoga in a lucid manner without simplifying his ideas. In addition, Dr. Chaudhuri made his own unique contributions to Integral Yoga, adapting it to western audiences. Based on Dr. Chaudhuri’s book Integral Yoga, this talk outlines some of his renditions on Integral Yoga and celebrates his profound contributions to what has come to be known as “The San Francisco Renaissance.” It is a continuation of the talk given last year.

    Kundan Singh, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner of Integral Yoga and a professor who teaches Transpersonal Psychology, Integral Psychology and Philosophy, Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The intersection of postmodern and postcolonial thoughts, including postmodern philosophy of science, with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Integral psychology and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is a motivational area of academic interest for him.

  • The Sage, the Lotus, and the Swan

    with Anne Teich, PhD

    Date: 06/11/2017


    In honoring the contribution and legacy of Haridas Chaudhuri, Anne will speak about the special relationship that Haridas had with Rina Shyamcharya Sircar — a young professor who he brought from India to teach Buddhist Studies at his fledgling Institute.  Though their association was brief, perhaps less than three years, they shared a common bond — an unswerving devotion to knowledge, to service, and to love.  It was this devotion that helped cement the founding and the future of what would become CIIS.

    Dr. Rina Sircar is professor emerita at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, California where she taught as a professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department for nearly four decades from 1974 to 2013. From 1988-1992 she was named the distinguished Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of South Asian and Comparative Philosophy and later held the World Peace Buddhist Chair at CIIS. In addition, she received the honorary title of Vidasanachariya from Calcutta in 1982, and Dhammaratna from Bangladesh.

    Anne Teich, PhD, is an alumna of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and a founding board member of Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery in Boulder Creek, California. She is the student of Rina Sircar and the late forest master Venerable Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw and practices in the tradition of healing through mindfulness-insight and metta practices.

  • Closed for Father's Day

    Date: 06/18/2017

  • Integral Consciousness

    a film produced by Alan Baiss

    Date: 06/25/2017


    To honor the work and legacy of Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri, we will show a film directed by Mark Kitchell and produced by Alan Baiss in association with the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Cultural Integration Fellowship.

    Integral Consciousness is the story of a spiritual philosophy developed by one of the great sages of the 20th century, Sri Aurobindo, and how his yoga was brought to the West by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. (Cover Art: Asian Art Museum.)

    Alan Baiss is the founder of Integral Inspirations, a grassroots organization largely comprised of California Institute of Integral Studies alumni who believe that it is humanity’s potential to consciously participate in an evolutionary leap in consciousness which may be necessary if we are to survive. Integral Inspirations is dedicated to playing its part in this spiritual unfolding.

    Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri co-founded the Cultural Integration Fellowship and the California Institute of Integral Studies, formerly known as the California Institute of Asian Studies.

    Viewing of the film will be followed by a celebratory luncheon at 12:15 and from 1:00 -2:00 pm we will have a Q&A panel moderated by Ted Nordquist, student of the late Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri.