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Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
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  • Sanskrit Chanting / Meditation Workshop

    with Shanta Bulkin

    Date: 04/22/2018

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    In this workshop, Shanta Bulkin, co-founder of the East-West Sanskrit Institute, will lead us in chanting some mantras and guide the group through some scientific experience and meditation. His teacher, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, taught this amazing language as a tool for meditation. He often said:

    “Sanskrit is the Washing Machine of the Mind.” The vibration of the Sanskrit language has the power to transform and heal when we sit still and feel it within ourselves.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food

    with Will Tuttle, PhD

    Date: 04/29/2018

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    What are the cultural messages that we consume with our daily meals, and what kind of transformation can we help create when we’re more conscious about our food choices? Join Dr. Tuttle in exploring the hidden consequences of animal agriculture. This presentation illuminates the cultural and health impacts of our food system as the primary organizing and compelling force in our world; and provides some essential keys to thriving in our lives, and being more effective advocates for peace, justice, and healing.

     

    Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author of the acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages, is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize. He’s also the author of Your Inner Islands, on developing intuition, and is editor of Circles of Compassion, on the interconnection of social justice issues. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and has created several wellness and advocacy training programs. Featured in Cowspiracy and other documentary films, he is the co-founder of the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. A former Zen monk with a Ph.D. from U. C., Berkeley, Dr. Tuttle is also a noted composer and pianist, and lectures and concertizes extensively throughout the world with his spouse, Madeleine, a visionary artist from Switzerland. See www.worldpeacediet.com for more details.

  • Tagore Jayanti: Celebration in Honor of Rabindranath Tagore

    presented by Bay Area Gitanjali

    Date: 05/06/2018

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    Please join us for this celebration in honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.

    Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, and Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

  • The Life and Legacy of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 05/13/2018

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    Along with Sri Aurobindo, the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram has been a major inspiration behind the founders of the Cultural Integration Fellowship: Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. The Mother was not only the spiritual partner of Sri Aurobindo but also his collaborator in the formulation of Integral Yoga. In fact, it is cardinal for the practitioners of Integral Yoga to collaborate with the force of the Divine Mother, which the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram was stated to have represented. But who was the Mother in her physical manifestation? Where did she come from? Where was she born? How did she spend her childhood and teenage years? What were her spiritual accomplishments before she joined Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry? What made her to come to Pondicherry? How did her role evolve in the ashram? How did she conduct the affairs of the ashram? We addressed some of these questions in the last couple of years when we gathered to celebrate her birthdays. This year as we celebrate the Mother’s day, we will continue unfolding her external biography.

    A scholar-practitioner of Integral Yoga, Kundan Singh, PhD is a professor, who teaches in areas of Transpersonal Psychology, Integral Psychology and Philosophy, Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology, Indian Psychology, Yogic Psychology, Postcolonial and Postmodern Psychology, Postmodern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Epistemology, Critical Thought and Deconstruction, Contemporary and Traditional Vedanta, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, and East-West Studies among a few others.