Class Descriptions

Sunday

Meditation Treatise by First Panchen Lama
9:15 am to 10:15 am
Study on the power of shamatha and vipashyana and their application on the mind during meditation. Reading and discussion from different texts, from the ancient Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

The Bhagavad Gita applied to Meditation
10:30 a.m to 12:00 pm
Study and discussion of this ancient treatise on meditation at the light of Sankara commentary in order to practice the teachings in daily life

Basic Texts
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
The fundamental principles of Theosophy, discussed in an informal setting designed for inquirers and newer students

Isis Unveiled
12:15 to 1:30 pm
H. P. Blavatsky’s first major work, published in 1877, was a landmark effort to present the Ancient Wisdom by tracing its roots throughout Western and Eastern religion, science and philosophy.  Text read and discussed in class

Wednesday

Bhagavad-Gita
1:00 to 2:15 pm
A portion of the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata, this timeless dialog between the teacher, Krishna, and his disciple, Arjuna, remains a central keynote in the eternal, inner battle within each human being.
William Q. Judge’s masterful rendition remains among the best and most insightful editions ever produced.  Text read and discussed in class, along with “Notes on the Bhagavad-Gita,” by William Q. Judge and Robert Crosbie

Basic Theosophy:
The Key to Theosophy
6:15 to 7:20 pm
H. P. Blavatsky traces the broad outlines of the Wisdom Religion and the Theosophical Movement.  Question and Answer format presents basic and unfamiliar concepts in clear language and as simply as possible.  Especially valuable for its extended coverage of what happens after death and an analysis of our inner psychological nature. Various objections raised by inquirers are dealt with in a straightforward manner.  Text read and discussed in class.

The Secret Doctrine
7:30 to 8:45 pm
Regarded as the most comprehensive text of the Theosophical movement divided into two volumes: Cosmogenesis (the Universe) and Anthropogenesis (Humankind).  Written by H P Blavatsky, it remains as a one of Western society’s greatest achievements embodying the original Eastern Esoteric Teachings.  It illuminates the timeless fragments of knowledge and wisdom veiled in both the symbols and allegories of nearly every Mystery sect or Tradition known today and those lost throughout the Ages. Text read and discussed in class, with additional emphasis on fundamental principles, cross-referenced and compared throughout the work.