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Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
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  • Before Computers: Noble Silence

    with Connie Hills, PhD

    Date: 09/24/2017

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    A thousand books is worth one ounce of meditation.Rina Sircar

    The use of computers is a part of our daily lives. We reach for our computers, phones, pads, kindles, etc. for communication, information, and problem-solving. Some of us ask ourselves how “thinking with a computer” changes our brains — specifically how it may even diminish mental focus and attention. These days, we rely less and less on what Mahatma Gandhi called the “Inner Voice.” Silent meditation practice is a pillar of many Buddhist traditions. Connie will reflect on the “Noble Silence” attributed to Lord Buddha, and discuss the Buddhist perspective on “What is truth?” We will open a dialogue about “Jhana” states of consciousness. Connie will also share a few teachings on silence from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. During this presentation, we will pause to “go inward” in brief moments of silent meditation.

    Connie is a Buddhist practitioner. She learned Vipassana meditation and Buddhist Psychology from Dr. Rina Sircar, her teacher of 25 years. Connie met “Rina” while studying for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a Clinical Psychologist, Connie has over 30 years of experience treating adults in psychotherapy. She recently retired her clinical practice to devote time to teaching meditation in Rina’s Theravadan (forest) tradition, and write poetry.

  • Songs of Peace

    in loving memory of Sri Karunamayee and commemorating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sur Laya Sangam, Study Center for Indian Devotional Music, and Arshad Syed on Tabla

    Date: 10/01/2017

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    Sri Karunamayee (1930 – 2017) dedicated her entire life to music. Her steadfast premise and practice was that music was to be offered in the service of the Divine. In her youth, she experienced the devotional music sung at Gandhi Ji’s prayer meetings, which she and her family attended in Delhi. Throughout her life she highlighted these songs and verses, which were catalysts for activism in the freedom struggle of India, and which contain timeless universal themes for spiritual transformation. We will honor Gandhi Ji and remember Sri Karunamayee’s inspiring life with a morning music offering by her students.

    All are welcome to sing collectively.

     

  • Closed for Columbus Day holiday

    Date: 10/08/2017

  • Oct 15: Heart Teachings and Practices from Jewish Mysticism

    with Charles Burack, PhD

    Date: 10/15/2017

    Jewish mysticism, as expressed in Kabbalah and Chasidism, offers holistic teachings and practices for transfiguring the heart and tapping its holy powers. These teachings and practices help us to know, love and serve the Source “with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might.” We will explore the heart-mind-body-soul connection and the various sacred energies that reside in or are associated with the heart. Practices will help us enter and activate our own hearts so we can manifest insight, healing, delight and growth and be of greater service to Creation and Creator/Creatrix.

    Dr. Charles Burack is an award-winning professor, poet, and writer, as well as a spiritual counselor and creativity/career coach who is active in interfaith/integral education, counseling, and arts.