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  • Mar 19: Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, a Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease and Live with Vitality and Joy

    book presentation by Acharya Shunya, renowned Vedic Scholar

    Date: 03/19/2017

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    Ayurveda teaches us that true health is our birthright—and that by artfully adapting to the rhythms of nature we can bring ourselves back into balance and experience abundant well-being. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a groundbreaking work within the field of holistic health and traditional yoga, written by internationally renowned Ayurvedic healer, teacher, and scholar Acharya Shunya.

    Raised in a distinguished lineage of Vedic mystics and healers, Shunya learned the ancient art of Ayurveda directly from her grandfather, a well-known healer in Northern India. Here, she presents both an engaging narrative of her unique education, as well as a complete encyclopedia of Ayurvedic practices, recipes, and knowledge.

    Acharya Shunya is one of the extraordinary teachers of the living, embodied wisdom of Ayurveda and Vedanta. A rarity today, Shunya was born into an uninterrupted spiritual lineage dating back thousands of years in the holy city of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India, where she spent fourteen years studying Vedic scriptures and sciences of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with her Guru Baba Ayodhya Nath—a renowned Vedic Guru and perfected yogi of his time. Shunya is the driving force behind Vedika Global, a wisdom school dedicated to awakening health and consciousness.

    Shunya has received prestigious awards both in the United States and India, including The Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and for Excellence in Education by the Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (AAPNA). She is also President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) and Chair and advisor to several noteworthy national and international Vedic organizations, including to the Government of India on international Ayurveda and Yoga affairs. In 2015, she was featured in Spirituality & Health magazine as one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda.

    Acharya Shunya is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses to audiences that include the World Ayurveda Congress; National Ayurvedic Medical Association; University of California, Berkeley; and Stanford University. This year she was invited to represent Ayurveda in the U.S. by India’s Ministry of AYUSH (Health) and Overseas Affairs.
    Shunya lives in the bay area with her husband and son and global student community.

  • Mar 26: Spring Celebration of the Naw-Ruz Festival – The Baha’i New Year

    with Nushin Mavaddat, convener of World Religion Day in San Francisco

    Date: 03/26/2017

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    Please join us for a presentation hosted by Nushin Mavaddat and Baha’i friends celebrating the Spring renewal in the worlds of nature, ideas and spirit. This joyous gathering will include commentaries, prayers, beautiful musical performances and hospitality.

    Through this celebration of the Baha’i New Year, we will commemorate the dawning of a new era for humanity. We will reflect on the Spiritual Spring promised to mankind in all sacred Scriptures throughout history. This Spiritual Spring ushers in an era of peace and reconciliation, of love and unity, of justice and security, of concord and harmony for the peoples of the world.

    Refreshments to follow.

  • Apr 2: Relational rasa: An Interactive Musical Inquiry into Integral Consciousness,

    with Sandeep Prakash, MA, Integral educator, entrepreneur, and musician

    Date: 04/02/2017

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    In this lecture demonstration, we will inquire into the role of the senses, emotions, and human perceptual worlds in the evolution of Integral consciousness. Indian tantra traditions, such as Kashmir Shaivism, developed an extensive theory of aesthetics, or rasa. Rasa is about the aesthetic experience as it relates to Self-realization. In rasa theory, refinement of perception leads to refinement of (embodied) non-dual experience; aesthetics becomes less a matter of good or bad art, and more of a spiritual practice of high-arousal emotion when listening to music, witnessing a theatrical performance, or looking at a painting.

    Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Haridas Chaudhuri contributed to a sophisticated Integral framework for whole-person psycho-spiritual development. Together we will explore how music, movement, and trance may be understood within this Integral psychological framework. Embodied Musical Inquiry is a fun, natural way we can co-create an exploration of embodied spirituality, multi-dimensional ways of knowing, Integral consciousness, and ecological perception.

    Sandeep Prakash is an Integral educator, entrepreneur, and musician working in USA and India. His workshops on Embodied Musical Inquiry, for schools, communities, and workplaces, support children and adults in their paths of healing and transformation. He is the co-founder of Global Icaro, a music education non-profit, and Levitation Floats, a floatation therapy spa. He holds degrees from California Institute of Integral Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music-India.

  • Apr 9: Secrets of the Ramayana

    with William Pennell Rock, M.Litt (cantabs.), PhD

    Date: 04/09/2017

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    The Ramayana is the Ultimate Romance. Its form resonates throughout time and the world in every beloved story of Heroes and Heroines separated by Villains and aided by Nurturers. What is the hidden power behind this resonance? What is the true meaning of this story form? Is it the romance internal to your own soul’s journey? Is it the basic arc of all relationships?  Is it the story of humanity?  Is it the form of evolution and the story of our very Being Itself?  Come and find out.

    After an academic life at Yale, Harvard, and King’s College, Cambridge, Rock was Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study of Philosophy at Varanasi University, when he was invited across the sacred Ganges to Ramnagar Castle, seat of the Maharaja of Kashi, where he participated in a ritual dramatization of the Ramayana that lasted an entire month.  Astonished by this spectacle, which he witnessed from the backs of the raja’s elephants, he set out on a life quest to penetrate the secrets of this epic, which led him through psychoanalysis, anthropology and philosophy. The epic is the essence of Hinduism, he found, but its form is the truth behind any real religion.

  • Apr 16: Hallelujah! An Easter Celebration

    with Musica Divina

    Date: 04/16/2017

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    Join us for an inspiring and joyous Easter Service
    Music, Art, Meditation on the Universal themes of Redemption, Resurrection and Light

    “May we keep in direct contact with the vitalizing forces of nature!
    May we open our inner consciousness to the transmuting power of the Divine!”

                                                                                                    – Haridas Chaudhuri

    Musica Divina is one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures. Performing deeply contemplative East/West sacred music, they can be heard on the Mysteries CD, at the Grace Cathedral Labyrinth Walk and at private Devotions.

    Mihr’un’Nisa, vocalist

    Karolyn van Putten, vocalist, harpist

    Greg Barnette, classical guitar

  • Apr 23: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching - Psychotherapeutic Commentaries/A Wayfaring Counselor’s Rendering of the Tao Virtuosity Experience

    a talk and book signing with Raymond Bart Vespe

    Date: 04/23/2017

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    The Tao Te Ching is a principal text of the ancient Spiritual tradition of Chinese Taoism. It is a compilation of the wisdom sayings attributed to Lao Tzu, the old boy/philosopher/Master, recorded over two-thousand years ago and which has since undergone hundreds of translations, commentaries and adaptations. Tao Te Ching maxims are wise counsel given by sages to feudal rulers on how to harmoniously order their states and peacefully govern their peoples at a time in Chinese history of pervasive socio-political conflict and upheaval. The wisdom sayings have become universally meaningful and perennially relevant guidelines for successful leadership as well as for optimal living.

    Ray’s book is an original rendering of the 81 Tao Te Ching passages wherein identifying with the essential Reality of Tao and its dynamic-kinetic energetic characteristics, qualities, and activities are considered to constitute the unique individuality, true integrity, innate wisdom and potent Virtuosity of our inner human nature. Psychotherapeutically–oriented commentaries given for each of the passages are not only useful for professionals engaged in the attending relationship/process of the psychotherapy but also for anyone interested in wisely and Soulfully living a more Spiritually awakened, natural, contented and enjoyable human life.

    Raymond Vespe retired after a fulfilling sixty-two year-long professional career of learning, teaching, training, supervising, mentoring, counseling and practicing that integrates the psychospiritual and psychotherapeutic teachings and practices, Chinese Taoist philosophy and existential/phenomenological/humanistic/ transpersonal psychologies.