Programs at Arsha Bodha Center
All programs are free of charge. Your generous donations support the ashram.
10:00 AM Guided Meditation
11:00 AM Tea & Coffee Break
11:30 AM Vedantic Wisdom of the Mahabharata Class
1:00 PM Arati
1st & 3rd Sundays
2nd & 4th Sundays
On All Sunday Evenings, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
1st & 3rd Sundays
Our Children’s Class will resume on the first and third Sundays of each month, 11 am to 12:30 pm beginning on October 6, 2019. Each session begins with prayers chanted in Sanskrit & English, followed by religion class (children divided into age groups), and concludes with lively bhajans and arati led by Swamiji. This class is for children 5 to 12 years of age. Those 6 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration or fees required, but timely, consistent attendance is expected.
2nd & 4th Sundays
Our popular classes for teens will resume on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 11 am to 12:30 pm, beginning on October 13, 2019. Each class includes Sanskrit chanting, lecture, and discussion. This year’s topic is “Sadhana – Spiritual Practice.” All teens and mature 12-year-olds are welcome. Timely, consistent attendance is expected. Parents are also invited to attend. No registration or fees required.
On all Sundays
For those who have studied Vedanta and have a regular meditation practice, these sessions will introduce advanced techniques, with a special emphasis on nididhyasana, Vedantic contemplation.
Mindful Awareness Meditation
Our popular Mindful Awareness Meditation classes continue in Fall, from October 13, 6 pm to 7:30 pm. These interactive classes use an experiential approach to develop a pragmatic, healthy relationship with the body, mind and the world. They also help in the assimilation of lofty Vedantic teachings taught by Swamiji. No prior knowledge of meditation or Vedanta is required.
Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra
One thousand names of Lord Vishnu were taught by Bhishma to Yudhishthira in the thirteenth book of the Mahabharata, the Anushasana Parva. This portion is frequently studied independently and recited as a stotra. Our class will begin with stotra recitation and explanation of the meaning and symbolism of the thousand names, and will conclude with guided meditation. This class, taught by Vasanthi, continues in Fall, from October 27, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Vedanta Class: Mandukya Upanishad
The famous Mandukya Upanishad brilliantly expresses the highest truth of Advaita Vedanta in just twelve verses. The mahavakya, “ayam atma brahma,” is found here. An important commentary on this Upanishad was composed by Gaudapada, the guru of Shankara’s guru.
The Karika of Gaudapada has four chapters:
Agama – unfolds the meaning of the Upanishad
Vaitathya – shows the unreality of the world
Advaita – establishes the truth of non-duality
Alatashanti – shows defects of other schools of thought
All are invited to join this class taught by Swamiji on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning October 1, 2019.
Vasanthi’s class on Sanskrit grammar and reading will resume on Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning on October 9, 2019. New students who already have a strong understanding of sandhi, vibhakti and verbs are invited to join.
Katha Upanishad Class
This new class will help students who want to deepen their understanding of Vedantic teachings and those who want to improve their ability to read Sanskrit texts with full comprehension. The Katha Upanishad is a wonderful exposition of Advaita Vedanta that begins with young Nachiketa’s dialogue with Yama, the god of death. Shankara’s insightful commentary on this text has been described as prasanna, clear, and gambhira, profound. Students attending this class should have a basic grasp of Sanskrit language and the main principles of Advaita Vedanta.
Swamiji will teach this class on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 to 9 PM, beginning October 3, 2019.