Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
guests are cordially invited ♦ free will offering
Please note we will be closed Sunday, May 26.
Please join us again on Sunday, June 2, for a special talk on Haridas Chaudhuri's Integration of Meditation into Higher Education, by Josesph L. Subbiondo, President of California Institute of Integral Studies
May 26: Closed for Bay to Breakers
Jun 02: Haridas Chaudhuri's Integration of Meditation into Higher Education,
with Joseph L. Subbiondo, President of California Institute of Integral Studies
The talk will focus on an emerging aspect of the current day mindful movement: meditation in higher education. It will examine Haridas Chaudhuri’s founding vision of integral education for CIIS and its relevance to the study and practice of mindfulness today. Dr. Chaudhuri developed an extensive model of integral education that was inspired by Sri Aurobindo and that connected meditation to compassion, knowledge, and action. He intended that his version of integral education provide (in his words) “a well rounded program for balanced personality growth of the human individual.”
Joseph L. Subbiondo, president of CIIS since 1999, has an accomplished background in both administration and academics. He brings over 30 years of achievement in higher education and he has been active on many accreditation teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Prior to coming to CIIS, he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University, Dean of Liberal Studies at St. Mary’s College of California, and Academic Vice President at the University of the Pacific. His scholarly publications have been on the history of English linguistic theory, and he is presently publishing and presenting papers on spirituality and interreligious dialogue in US higher education.
Jun 09: Men and Women of Courage, with Karabi Sen, writer and author
Courage is certainly a resource which we need to steer through life. Courage comes in many forms and men, women and children as well have shown courage through the centuries. Not just the extra-ordinary people, but common-folk as well reach out to courage on a daily basis in attempts at turning the negative into positive experiences. How do we build in ourselves the garden of the heart which Swami Vivekananda had modeled after burial grounds? That alone he considered could accommodate the stage fit enough for the supreme Goddess to dance on.
Karabi Sen was born in East Bengal, India, and educated in Calcutta. She taught philosophy at Burdwan University until she moved to America as an adjunct faculty for the philosophy and religion program at CIIS, San Francisco. She currently works for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. She is a retired Resource Specialist from Modesto City Schools, Modesto, California. She lives in California and India, and has published a memoir, Scratches on the Face of Time: The Journey of an Indian Woman.
Jun 16: Closed for Fathers Day
Jun 23: Collaborative Practice for Integral Community: A CIF Learning Lab, with Joanna Zweig, PhD, emphasizing how groups learn and change with lifetime community experience
Integral yoga recognizes the awareness of collective consciousness, the shared consciousness of groups. Sri Aurobindo talks about the “noble purpose” of groups in The Life Divine. In this session we will practice a community-based way to inquire as a community, learning about our interest and our collective capability. Please bring ideas about a noble purpose for Cultural Integration Fellowship in current times.
Joanna Zweig, PhD, (California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Integral Studies with an emphasis on how groups learn and change) identified a way to research collective consciousness as a result of her PhD research. Her work with groups for 50 years includes teaching, choreography, theatrical production, software programming, technology project management, group research and collective inquiry. She develops and runs workshops to help people practice participation in collective consciousness and integral education and manages information technology projects for business.
Jun 30: The Integral Vision of Haridas Chaudhuri, documentary produced by CIIS Alumni Association, here shown in memory of Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri