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  • Closed for Memorial Day holiday

    Date: 05/27/2018

  • Integral Yoga and Dr. Chaudhuri

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 06/03/2018


    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.

  • Tribute to Dr. Rina Sircar: Her Life, Legacy and Teachings

    with Anne Teich, PhD

    Date: 06/10/2018


    Teacher, healer, counselor, pioneer, Dharma practitioner, musician — these are the highlights of Rina’s life, and the qualities for which Dr. Chaudhuri nick-named her Saraswati.  From the first day of her arrival in San Francisco in 1973 Rina began working to help build the institution that Bina and Haridas had founded (CIAS), and from which she retired in 2011. With her passing in January a “great light” — someone remarked — has gone.  We are left with ‘memories, dreams, and reflections,’ with which to consider this unique woman whose singular expression was love for all, and whose mission on this earth was to “care and share.”  The external features of Rina’s life can easily absorb our attention  — there is so much to tell — but in today’s talk let us also take time to ponder the unseen, unspoken qualities of Rina that give her a special place among the archetypes — that of the Hidden Practitioner.

    Anne Teich, PhD, is an alumna of CIIS and a founding board member of Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery in Boulder Creek, California. She was a student of Dr.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 Fathers' Day

    Happy Fathers' Day!

    Date: 06/17/2018

  • Conscious: Fulfilling our Higher Evolutionary Potential

    a documentary film produced by Alan Baiss and Joseh Garcia

    Date: 06/24/2018


    This documentary (released August 2017) is inspired by the work of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, and grows out of an earlier film featuring Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri.

    Conscious, featuring Stanislav Grof, Brian Thomas Swimme, Michael Murphy, Aster Patel, Matthijs Cornelissen, and many more, asks about our potential to achieve a transformation in consciousness, which might be both inevitable and essential at this juncture in our development if we are going to continue the human journey within the cosmic advance. With beautiful imagery, inspiring music, and the wisdom of respected scholars, Conscious invites us to find a deeper meaning in our changing world.

    Alan Baiss graduated from CIIS in Integral Counselling Psychology before working for twelve years as a Psychotherapist. While participating in a workshop facilitated by Hilary Anderson on the legacy of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, he became inspired to produce his first film, Integral Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West.

    Joseh Garcia is a Doctor in East-West Psychology (CIIS). He is a former psychotherapist with a focus in Transpersonal Psychology who has also ventured in the realm of music and literature. Joseh composed and performed the original soundtrack for the film.

    The film Conscious is available along with a CD, which features the film’s original soundtrack, and a book, which offers more development of the descriptions offered by the interviewees than could appear in the film. Please see