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Simple Kali Puja

Live online seminar: April 22 and 23

Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin


Assisted by Kamalakanta (Naren K. Schreiner) and Lopamudra Bose

In this seminar, presented over two evenings, students will be taught the method of performing a simple ritual worship of Goddess Kali, as outlined in Simple Kali Puja published by Kali Mandir. We will focus on the meaning of the rituals, proper procedure and pronunciation of the mantras.

Registration required.



Sangita Yoga - Yoga of Music

Date to be announced.

Instructor: Kamalakanta (Naren K. Schreiner)

This five week 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.


 Registration required.

6 Module Course

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Foundations and Approach

Online course:  April 27 through June 21

Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin

In this eight week course we will 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.


Topics include the founding and history of Kali Mandir; the Dakshineswar Kali Temple; our holy trinity: Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi, & Swami Vivekananda; bhakti & the mother-child relationship; traditions & standards; lineages & influences; ritual & the language of devotion; and “All is us”- tradition beyond cult. 

Registration required.

8 Module Course

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Hindu Thought and Practice

Online course: August 17

  through  September 27

Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin


In this 8 week course we will explore foundational aspects of Hinduism, such as:

  • Sanatana Dharma – Hinduism and its self-understanding

  • Hindu Cosmology – cycles within cycles

  • Textual Traditions — the scriptures and their commentaries

  • Sects and Lineages – unity and diversity

  • Sad Darshana – classical schools of Indian philosophy

  • Karma, Reincarnation, and our final destination

  • Varna and Ashram — ancient ideals of dharma and their modern challenges

  • Purushartha – the four goals of human life

Registration required.

8 Modules Course


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Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational ministry of Kali Mandir,

a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit religious organization founded in 1993

Ramakrishna Seminary 

P.O. Box 4700

Laguna Beach, CA 92652

(949) 715-6712

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All courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by Ramakrishna Seminary are religious in nature and meant for the personal and professional enrichment of mature spiritual seekers.  Prior to enrollment, students should not assume that credits will be accepted by other schools, businesses or governmental agencies.  Learn more>>