Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to training and nurturing those who deeply long for the direct experience of union with the eternal, pure center of consciousness, the bliss of being that is one with the absolute reality, as the wave who seeks to remember it is one with the ocean. One word for that union is "Yoga." (See Self-Realization)
Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through a close relationship between the individual mentor and mentee, teacher and student, in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a force-field driven by grace, a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person.
The word "Abhyasa" means "practices." Abhyasa is purposefully choosing to do that which leads to "sthitau," which is a stable, steady, undisturbed inner calmness or tranquility. Abhyasa is one of the twin foundations of Yoga, along with Vairagya, the mental stance of non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16).
The root of the word Ashram is "shrama," which means "effort" or "striving." The hermitage or home of a swami or other person serving people in their efforts towards inner peace and spiritual awakening is called an Ashram.
Thus, our community of meditation, contemplation and learning is known as Abhyasa Ashram. More than any physical location (especially given its relatively small size), it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence. If you would like to see what we're doing in the physical location, please take a look at the ashram website.
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SPIRIT OF LEARNING AT THE ASHRAM: We are now in year five of being in our ashram building acquired in 2010.
The spirit of our training is captured in an Indian tale of a seeker who went to a great sage asking to be a student on the path of Self-realization:
Before we can truly be a teacher, we have to be a student. Thus, the emphasis of our training is on being a student of the principles and practices, not a teacher. Ours is not a modernized, watered-down "yoga teacher training program". Those who participate in our "student/aspirant" training will surely feel qualified not only to practice and progress on the path, but also to share with and teach others what has been learned and practiced, as have others who have already studied and practiced with us in this way.
If you are interested in our ashram and programs, please let me know, and just start getting involved, being part of our new expansion.
May your meditation today bring you peace, happiness, and bliss.
In loving service,
Following is the membership information for the remainder of 2015, through December 31, 2015. Please make your 2015 membership request either orally or by email (contact).
Membership allows a sense of community with people of like mind, but is not a requirement for participating in ashram activities; all are welcome. Membership in the ashram is based on commitments to sadhana and satsang. Membership is active through the last day of the current year. Reaffirmation or renewal of membership is effective the beginning of the new year, January 1, somewhat like the New Year resolutions we are all familiar with. Your request for membership is your statement of the following:
PERSPECTIVES: Affirm that your personal perspectives (world views, philosophies of life) are in alignment with the principles and practices of the tradition and the ashram.
DAILY MEDITATION: Commitment is to daily meditation, every day, regardless of the nature and length of that meditation. There may be one or more meditations per day, but the commitment is for one.
ALIGNING ONE MEDITATION: Commitment to align at least one of your meditations per week to the meditation schedule at the ashram, which is four times per day, seven days per week (28 different times). In this way there will always be at least one time per week in which we are sitting together even if you are in a different city or country.
SELF-AWARENESS: Commitment is to practice self-awareness or meditation in action every day, with a gentle vow to yourself to expand or deepen that awareness over time.
SATSANG: Commitment to participate in at least one of the ten-twelve ashram satsangs per week, whether physically here in the ashram or online.
ONGOING LEARNING: Commitment is to some form of weekly ongoing learning of principles supporting practices, whether through personal contact, ashram Facebook groups, books, websites, audios, or videos.
DUES: There are no dues or fees for ashram membership, although we understand that members lovingly want to support the ashram through service or monetary donations.
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