~ A Special Message From Paula Whang-Ramos, BLC Spiritual Director ~
August 4, 2019
Beloved Blue Lotus Center community,
Within the last week, our community and our country has been shaken with violence. All of us at Blue Lotus Center offer our deepest condolences to all individuals and families affected by last Sunday's shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and violence across the country. We continue to hold our entire community and our country in prayer for peace and wisdom guided clarity during this difficult time, as the after-effects of these traumas continue to unfold.
Through the violence and the grief, Blue Lotus Center remains a steadfast oasis of peace in South County. Join us for Meditation Groups and Prayer Circles as we reclaim the inner peace that rests beneath the loss. Awaken the oasis of peace within for the sake of our well-being, and the well-being of our community and our country. Please contact me directly for individual Spiritual Direction/Counseling and grief support.
Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center welcomes sincere seekers from all backgrounds.
Paula Whang-Ramos, MDiv.
Spiritual Director Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center:
CSE South County Affiliate Meditation Center
Paula earned her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1984 and her Masters of Divinity Degree from CSE Meru Seminary in 2010. In 2012, Paula was ordained in the tradition of Kriya Yoga by her teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, with whom she continues to study. Currently, Paula also serves as a Senior Kriya Yoga teacher and an Associate Minister at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.
Paula is available to teach meditation at your organization or place of work.
“I find solace in the Bhagavad Gita…When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light,
I go back to the Bhagavad Gita. I find a verse here and a verse there and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1925) Young India, pp. 1078-1079
Join us for all or part of this year long spiritual study program as we meditate, study, and contemplate
the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient, foundational text for yoga and meditation.
Experience how this universal spiritual story of awakening can support our own peace, joy and wisdom.
Surrender into inner wholeness and celebrate freedom from the tyranny of the mind’s stories of limitation!
* Required text for all 3 activities below is
The Eternal Way: The Inner Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita
by Mr. Roy Eugene Davis
available at CSE, BLC, and in audiobook at www.csa-davis.org
1. Surrender and Celebrate! An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita - 3 Week Class
“The story of the Gita is our own soul’s journey. It is the journey we make every day, moment by moment,
as we seek to live in harmony with the divine influence. To live the spiritual life, we must resist the inner forces of desire and
delusion that lead the soul into bondage and surrender to the direction of the indwelling divine nature.”
~ Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian
6:30-8:30 pm ~ 3 Wednesdays, August 28, September 4, 11, 2019
Blue Lotus Center, 8347 Church St, Gilroy 95020
Free will offering
Join us for a time of meditation and contemplation in spiritual community as we begin our exploration into the main themes and symbolic meanings of the Bhagavad Gita. Experience how these teachings can illumine our paths of awakening in this lifetime.
2. Walking the Talk: Individual Daily Meditation and Metaphysical Scripture Study
“That devotee, disciplined by yoga practice, who meditates on the Absolute, awakens to that transcendent state.”
Bhagavad Gita 8:8
September 1, 2019 – August, 29, 2020
To deepen our daily meditation practice, we add a daily Bhagavad Gita reading and contemplative practice to enhance our clarity and enrich our spiritual awakening. Access the 2019-20 Bhagavad Gita 1 Year Daily Reading schedule here.
3. Living in Freedom - Monthly Gita Contemplative Study Group
“In whatever way devotees take refuge in me, I provide them grace.
Devotees everywhere (of various psychological temperaments and in various ways) follow my path.”
Bhagavad Gita 4:11
6:30-7:45 pm ~ 4th Thursday each month beginning September 26, 2019**
Blue Lotus Center, 8347 Church St, Gilroy 95020
Free will offering
Each month, in spiritual community, we will meditate and contemplate inspirations and growing edges revealed during our daily Gita scripture study.
**We will launch this group in gratitude and blessings to honor the 134th birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya, a Teacher in this tradition.
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408-842-0208 • firstname.lastname@example.org • Dry Creek Village, 8347 Church Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
4th Thursday of the month
Next group: Thursday, August 22, 2019
~ Free will offering
Amidst changing life circumstances and loss, what Yogic lifestyle practices can help us live more deeply in our indwelling peace, love and wholeness? Join Paula and the BLC community for an informal gathering as we live this question. Share a time of meditation, conscious inner exploration, and prayer for peace in the hearts of all beings. Cultivate individual and group consciousness to live in peace - in our lives, in our families and in our country, right now.
Meditation & Yoga Center:
CSE south county meditation center
Are you ready for more peace in your life, in your family, in our community, and in our country?
Do you want to learn practical, time tested techniques to calm your mind and live a wisdom guided life?
Would you like to experience the community support of other sincere seekers dedicated to peace?
If so, then join us at Blue Lotus Center, an oasis of peace for sincere seekers from all backgrounds.
During these challenging times, the Blue Lotus Center is a refuge for those seeking an alternative to the isolation and fear
that arises when the reactive mind focuses on apparent differences, conflict and lack of abundance.
In the teaching tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the first Yogis to bring Yoga to the USA,
the Blue Lotus Center offers ancient, practical teachings of Kriya Yoga - the conscious use of our thoughts, words and actions (Kriya)
in the essential peace, love and wholeness that indwells us all the time, everywhere, and even when we forget (Yoga).
If you are ready for a change, then join our commitment to cultivate peace in our hearts, our lives, our families, and our world.
The Blue Lotus Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All services are offered on a donation basis, unless otherwise specified.
Please click here for a current listing of our ongoing meditation groups and classes.
SURRENDER AND CELEBRATE!
LIVING IN FREEDOM WITH THE BHAGAVAD GITA*
Second Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Next class: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Calm your mind, relax your body and open your heart with a simple, ancient, time-tested meditation practice that has helped millions of sincere seekers from all traditions to live from the innate peace and joy that indwells us all. Learn how to set up your own home meditation practice.