"...Because, Subhuti, neither the past, the present nor the future mind can be found..."


February 16, 2005

Dr. Christopher Chapple, Religion Department of Loyola Marymount University, spoke on "Christian Contemplative Practice and Yoga Meditation."


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Dr. Chapple presented a comparative analysis of both the Yoga and the Christian traditions regarding inwardness and inner peace. According to him, the Yoga tradition and the Christian tradition include groups of religious specialists who devote their lives to the interior journey. In India and elsewhere, bands of sadhus, isolated cave dwellers, and everyday laypersons assiduously keep to Yogic vows and penances. Throughout Christendom, monks, nuns, and devout laypersons abide by a series of practices that intensify one’s devotion to the Christian vision of bringing a heavenly kingdom on earth. His presentation juxtaposed the practices of Indian Yoga with the silent meditation observed within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), established in 17th century England by George Fox, and the contemplative Roman Catholic tradition, particularly as articulated and taught by James Finley, a contemporary California teacher.”


January 26, 2005

Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra on "Yoga: A Model of the Dialogue Between Science, Philosophy and Religion".   Dr. Malhotra gave a  talk on yoga as a philosophical, scientific and spiritual discipline whose goal is to offer techniques for forming good habits of the body, heart and mind. He will discuss the intimate connection of yoga to physical, emotional and mental health as well as its popularity in the West. The lecture was followed by a workshop on "Yoga for Relaxation," consisting of simple physical postures (asanas), breathing control (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) exercises.


December 8, 2004

Tracy Verma speaks on and demonstrates "Yoga and Meditation"



November 10, 2004

Leonard Perlmutter has been a student of yoga science since 1975 and currently serve on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association in Calgary, Canada.   Leonard studied in Rishikesh, India and is a direct disciple of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Leonard graduated from the American University and attended the George Washington University School of Law. From 1971 to 1975, he was the editor and publisher of the Washington Park Spirit newspaper in Albany, New York. From 1976 to the present, he has been president of Classic Gallery.

Leonard spoke on the subject "Who am I?"

October 6th, 2004

Swami HariharanandaSwami Hariharananda is a sage and scholar from the Himalayas of India.  He presented a special workshop on “Practical Meditation and Pranayama (Breathing) Practices.” Through the practice of meditation and breathing control, the audience learned to become more skillful in every relationships throughout the day.

Swami Hariharananda also contributes to the welfare of humanity by opening schools for the underprivileged children of India and is also involved in the integrated village development project in the Gharwal Region of India. Swami Hariharanada, who is on a lecture tour of the USA, arrived in Oneonta after giving a couple of Meditation workshops at the American Meditation Institute in Albany. As a special guest of the Yoga and Meditation Society, his workshop was held from 4:00 to 6:30 PM October 6 at the Multicultural Center, Lee Hall.


March 23, 2005

The seventh lecture-workshop of the Yoga and Meditation Society will be
presented by Swami Ajaya (Ph D) on "Ecology of the Chakras (Energy Centers)"
from 4-6 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at the Multicultural Center, Lee
Hall, SUNY Oneonta Campus. .

Swami Ajaya has a PhD in Western Psychotherapy as well as training in Yoga
system of Psychology. He is the author of more than half a dozen books such
as Yoga Psychology and Psychotherapy East and West. He was ordained as a
spiritual master by Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute of Science and
Religion, Honesdale, Penn., USA and Rishikesh, India.

In his talk, Swami Ajaya will offer a comparative analysis of the seven
Chakras (energy centers) with the Western schools of psychology. The Chakras
system of Indian psychology describes the seven basic themes of human life
and how to transcend the dramas they bring forth. The most basic issues are
survival, sexuality, addictions and competition. As these concerns are
resolved, we free up energy to live in an open-hearted way, with generosity,
experiencing abundance and wisdom. Swami Ajaya will guide us in meditations
that will free us from the dramas of the more primitive energy centers in
order to live fully and completely.

Moreover, Swami Ajaya will also demonstrate some of the ways meditation has
been practiced in Buddhist (Indian, Tibetan and Zen traditions), Hindu,
Taoist, Christian and other tradition.

Audience will be encouraged to participate in these techniques.

The lecture-workshop will be of interest to students, faculty, medical
doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and other members of the community.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


April 6, 2005

4--6 PM at the Multicultural Center, Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta:
Dr. Gregory Fields speaks on : "Religious Therapeutics: A New Theory of


May 4, 2005

4--6 PM at the Multicultural Center, Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta:
Dr. James Austin (Neurologist) speaks on : "Zen and the Brain."

For more information contact Dr. Ashok Malhotra at 607-436-3220, the Department of Philosophy at 607-436-2456, or the Center for Social Responsibility at 607-436-2651