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Welcome to the first Hindu seminary of its kind, rooted in the universal teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great world-teacher and incarnation of divinity who taught the transcendent unity of religion, the motherhood of God, and the mystical path of love and devotion.

“Adyashakti is Lilamayi—‘She who is playful’. She’s creating, preserving and destroying. Her name, indeed, is Kali. Kali is Brahman, Brahman is Kali! They’re the same Reality—when She’s inactive—not creating, preserving, destroying, or doing any work—when I think of just this idea, then I call Her ‘Brahman’. When She’s doing all this, then I call Her ‘Kali’, I call Her ‘Shakti’. The one and same Person—the name and form are different.”

~Sri Ramakrishna

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We are accepting applications the 2020/2021 school year.

 

Online courses running now!

We are seeking to serve serious and sincere students who desire to:

  • deepen and broaden their understanding of Hindu spirituality, philosophy and practice, including matters of culture, tradition, and etiquette

  • commit themselves to personal spiritual development

  • be of greater service to the Divine in the world

  • study religion from a non-sectarian perspective

  • emphasize and invigorate religious pluralism and cultural authenticity

  • explore the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and of sages, saints and mystics

  • engage in theological discourse at a post-secondary level

 About Us

Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational institution dedicated to the training of serious spiritual aspirants scholars, theologians, teachers, priest, and practitioners in the broad and deep teachings of Sanatana Dharma. We are focused on the practical applications of religious thought and philosophy to the active spiritual lives of our students. Emphasis is given to personal spiritual development, cultural authenticity and service of God in the world.

Courses

We offer on-campus and distant learning courses covering a wide range of topics such as Hinduism, Tantra, Vedanta, Yoga, ritual, temple worship, meditation, mantra, the Divine Feminine, sacred music, subtle anatomy, world religions, Ramakrishna studies, pastoral care, priest training, lives of saints, etiquette, ethics, scripture, interfaith relations, history, mysticism, and

philosophy

 Dean of Seminary

Rev. Dr. Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati is a Hindu monk, priest, author, and educator. He has more than twenty-six years of experience in presenting the teachings and practices of Sanatana Dharma, Indian philosophy and the Hindu devotional schools. He and the faculty and staff are passionately dedicated to developing Ramakrishna Seminary as an institution that strives to approach these practices, systems and customs respectful of traditional understandings while being informed by contemporary scholarship.

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an educational ministry of Kali Mandir, a California 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit religious organization founded in 1993.

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P.O. Box 4700, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA | (949) 715-6712| RamakrishnaSeminary@KaliMandir.org