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 Module Course)
Scheduled for Mid December
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 consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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. Our Holy Trio - Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother

and Swami Vivekananda​

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

Tuition if taken as an Open Course

Regular price: $640

Discounted price: $500

When part of the Certificate or Diploma program, cost for this course averages less than $425.

Sangita Yoga ~ The Yoga of Music (5 Module Course)

Scheduled for December 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 five-week course consists of 10 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 7.5 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinar.  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.  Bhajan and Kirtan

Textbooks: TBA

Introduction to Hindu Thought and Practice (8 Module Course)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin.
This eight-week course consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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.  

Tuition if taken as an Open Course

Regular price: $640

Discounted price: $500

When part of the Certificate or Diploma program, cost for this course averages less than $425.

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

Simple Kali Puja  (1 Module Practicum)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
This intensive will be presented live online over two evenings. Students will be taught the method of performing a simple ritual worship Goddess Kali, as outlined in "Simple Kali Puja" published by Kali Mandir. Registration and tuition required.

Textbook:

Simple Kali Puja, Instructions for Ritual Worship of Dakshina Kali

Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, Kali Mandir, 2011

Sri Ramakrishna and the Spiritual Renaissance  (8 Module Course)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Ambikananda Saraswati
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886), the great world-teacher and incarnation of divinity, who taught the universality of religion, the motherhood of God and the mystical path of love, is considered by many as the central force behind the spiritual awakening of this age. In this course students will learn about his unprecedented spiritual disciplines and subsequent spiritual realizations that revealed the depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and that shines at the heart of all religions.
This eight-week course consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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 Module Course)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
This eight-week course consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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 Module Course)
Scheduled to be announced
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
This eight-week course consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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. The Samskaras - Life's Sacred Sacraments

Module 5.  Iconography and the Worship of Images

Module 6. Yogic Paths

Module 7. Yama and Niyama, Yoga’s Forgotten Foundation

Module 8.  Sadhana - Meditation and the Spiritual Life

Textbooks: TBA

Subtle Anatomy (8 Module Course)
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 consists of 16 hours of recorded video class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, and 13 hours of interactive online instruction via Zoom webinars.  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.

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>>

CONTACT

Ramakrishna Seminary at Kali Mandir

P.O. Box 4700

Laguna Beach, CA 92652

(949) 715-6712

Email:
RamakrishnaSeminary@KaliMandir.org

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