INTRODUCTORY COURSES
First Year Curriculum
with option to earn a Certificate in Hindu Studies
(prerequisite for the Diploma in Applied Theology)
Foundations and Approach (8 Modules)
Scheduled for mid December 2019
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin

 

Explore the history, ritual standards, philosophical framework, and theological approach of Kali Mandir and Ramakrishna Seminary, that allows for a committed spiritual focus and a radical religious pluralism. 

This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1. Founding and History of Kali Mandir

Module 2. The Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Module 3. At the Feet of Sri Ramakrishna

Module 4. Bhakti and the Mother-Child Relationship

Module 5. Traditions and Standards

Module 6. Lineages and Influences

Module 7. Ritual and the Language of Devotion

Module 8. “All is Us” — Tradition Beyond Cult

Textbooks:

Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar

Elizabeth U. Harding, Nicolas Hays, 1993

Sri Ramakrishna, A Prophet for the New Age

Richard Schiffman, Paragon House, 1998

Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life

Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, Kali Mandir, 2016

Sangita Yoga ~ The Yoga of Music (5 Modules)

Scheduled for September 5 - October 9, 2019

Instructor: Kamalakanta (Naren K. Schreiner)

Sangīta is a compound word in Sanskrit defining instrumental music, singing and chanting. It is a divine art that can lead to God-realization. This course delves into the sacred foundations and practical application of India’s sacred music. It begins with the voice as an instrument of vibration, speech and song, with correlations to the subtle body.  A basic introduction to north Indian classical music will give an understanding of rāga and tāla. The goal of the course is to give an understanding for and appreciation of the various sadhanas of devotional, contemplative and classical music in different traditions, with a focus on North Indian traditions, especially those originating in Bengal. In keeping with the focus of the Ramakrishna Seminary, practical application of chanting, kirtan and devotional bhajans will be introduced. 

This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1.  Vāk: The Sacred Voice. The voice as an instrument of vibration, its correlation with Nād Brahma, the chakras, the nādi, and bhāv.

 

Module 2.  Bhāv, Rāsa, Rāga and Tāla: The heart of India’s music is bhāv, which is manifested from the rāsa that is created with rāga and tāla.

 

Module 3.  Shyamasangeet: The Songs of Kali Worship. 

 

Module 4.  The Dharma of Chanting 

 

Module 5.  Practical Application: The Voice and Shloka

 

Module 6.  Practical Application: Bhajan and Kirtan

Introduction to Hindu Thought and Practice (8 Modules)
Scheduled for October 14 - December 8, 2019
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin.
This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1. History of Indian Culture and Religion

Module 2. Systems of Indian philosophy

Module 3. Sects and Lineages

Module 4. Varna, Ashram, Jati and Gotra

Module 5. Culture, Ethics, and Traditions

Module 6. Religion in the Home and in the Temple

Module 7. Hinduism and the Modern World

Module 8. Hinduism, Ramakrishna, and religious pluralism

Textbooks:

The Spiritual Heritage of India

Swami Prabhavananda, Vedanta Press, 1962

All About Hinduism

Swami Sivananda, Divine Life Society, 1947/2003

A Guide to Hindu Spirituality

Arvind Sharma, World Wisdom, 2006

Sri Ramakrishna and the Spiritual Renaissance  (8 Modules)
Scheduled for December 9, 2019 - February 16, 2029
Instructor: Swami Ambikananda Saraswati
This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1. "Need of the Age", Life and Times of Sri Ramakrishna

Module 2. Spiritual Longing - Ramakrishna's Sadhana and Realizations

Module 3. "My Mother", Ramakrishna and Goddess Kali

Module 4. "Remain in Bhavamukha"-  Ramakrishna as World Teacher

Module 5. Words of Nectar - The Ramakrishna Kathamrita

Module 6. Light on Spiritual Practice

Module 7.  Development of the Ramakrishna Tradition

Module 8. Ramakrishna as Guru, Ishta and Avatar

Textbooks: TBA

The Worship of the Goddess (8 Modules)
Scheduled for February 18 - April 12, 2020
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1. History and Development of the Shakta Traditions

Module 2. Texts and Practices

Module 3. Mantra, Yantra, and Tantra

Module 4. Forms of the Mother Goddess

Module 5. Goddess Kali and Her Symbolism

Module 6. Celebrations and Observances

Module 7. Sri Ramakrishna and the Motherhood of God

Module 8. The Divine Feminine in the Ancient and Modern World

Textbooks:

Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

David Kinsley, University of California Press, 1988

Other text: TBA

Aspects of Hindu Spirituality  (8 Modules)
Scheduled for 2019
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.

Module 1. The Guru-Disciple Tradition

Module 2. Sadhus, Yogis and Babas—the Role of the Mystic

Module 3. Not This Body—Karma, Reincarnation, and Spiritual Identity

Module 4. Mythology, Metaphor and Interpretation

Module 5. Yama and Niyama, Yoga’s Forgotten Foundation

Module 6. Divinity-Focused vs Self-Centered

Module 7. The Holy Name—Bhakti and Sankirtan

Module 8.  Meditation,

Textbooks: TBA

Subtle Anatomy (8 Modules)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
Explore a variety of subtle anatomical considerations as understood by Eastern systems of thought and practice such as Yoga and Tantra, focusing on the transformative dynamics of spiritual discipine.
This eight-week course contains of eight modules consisting of recorded lectures; assigned readings, and weekly live group discussions with instructor via Zoom.  Students will also have access and to a private Schoology page for information and updates about the course; downloading supporting material; and a forum for discussions on readings with instructor and fellow students. Registration and tuition required.
Module 1. Class orientation, introduction to Tantra and Yoga, Tantric view of creation, evolution of the elements

Modue 2. Antar-karana (inner organ), five koshas, prana, sub-pranas, nadis

Module 3. Kundalini and the chakra system

Module 4. Asana, bandha, mudra, kriya, panayama

Module 5. Svara, Svara Yoga, Yogic therapy

Module 6. Bhuta-shuddi (Tantric process of self-purification) and ritual

Module 7. Mantra, dharana, and Meditation

Module 8. Subtle anatomy in the sacred traditions of the world

Textbooks:

Tantra, the Path of Ecstasy

Georg Feuerstein, Shambhala, 1998

Chakras, Energy Centers of Transformation

Harish Johari, Destiny Press 2000

Free Satsangs Podcast and Videos

Weekly public discourses given at Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram are available as Podcast and on Youtube.

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P.O. Box 4700

Laguna Beach, CA 92652

(949) 715-6712

Email:
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