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  • Closed for Memorial Day holiday

    Date: 05/26/2019

  • Integral Yoga and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 06/02/2019

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    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.”

    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.

  • Poetry Festival

    Open Mike Community Event with Sally Love Saunders

    Date: 06/09/2019

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    Come one and all and bring your friends, partners, and neighbors to a gathering in which favorite poems will be shared. Or you can come and simply listen and enjoy. The number of poems one can read will depend on the number of people attending who want to share their poetry. You may read one or more. The host, Sally Love Saunders, has a passion for poetry and gathering people around to write and read. Today we will simply read and listen. Hope to have you there!

    Sally Love Saunders is a widely published Poet, Poetry Therapist, Lecturer, Free-Lance Writer and Workshop Leader. Sally’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Times International, The London Times, The Denver Post, and among over three hundred other anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She has received many prizes for her poetry.

     

    “A Johnny Appleseed Poet,” Sally has traveled all over the country running workshops. It is her absolute conviction that “Everyone is a Poet!” Sally has developed fun techniques to help individuals to get in touch with their own unique creativity.

     

  • Closed for Fathers' Day

    Happy Fathers' Day!

    Date: 06/16/2019

  • In Reverence to my Venerable Mentor, Dr. Rina Sircar

    with Ana Perez-Chisti, PhD

    Date: 06/23/2019

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    Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, founder of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, invited Dr. Rina Sircar in 1974 to teach in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.  Rina fulfilled her professorial obligations up until 2013 and was named the distinguished Haridas Chaudhuri Professor and World Peace Buddhist Chair. As her devoted student, I had the privilege of studying with Rina for 12 years, where I was fortunate to receive her spiritual transmission from her early mentors, the Very Venerable U Thittila, an Abhidhamma and Pali scholar and the Very Venerable Taungpulu Tawya Kabe-Aye Sayadaw, a reclusive forest monk in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Love, Healing and Blessings fill my memory of Rina and may they be imparted to you, the listener, with the same authentic spirit of the ancient lineage she lived.

    Ana is the President of the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute and senior teacher (Murshida) in the Sufi Movement USA. She is an ordained minister and continues to work in prison reform, hospice care and international food distribution. She is a Creation Spirituality pioneer creating programs online and in universities. Ana teaches subjects in Philosophy, Mysticism, Spiritual Activism, Feminine Approaches in Spiritual Leadership, Ethics, Psychology, and Research Methods. She lectures internationally and continues her practice of Herbal medicine and Family Counseling. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Fox Institute in Boulder, Colorado. For more information see: https://sufiuniversalfraternalinstitute.live