• Class: Vajra Guru Mantra

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    Removing the Blocks of
    Anger, Pride, Attachment and Envy


    with Dr. Edward Viljoen


    a Spiritual Enrichment Course


    Dates:   Five Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, Mar. 2
    Time:    7 pm to 8 pm
    Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa
    2075 Occidental Road


    The Vajra Guru Mantra is associated with Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, the revered spiritual master of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan.  In an ancient text, known as the syllable by syllable commentary, Guru Rinpoche explains the chant’s many layers of meaning in a conversation with his spiritual companion, Yeshe Tsogyal.

    For our class, we are focusing on only one of the explanations from the syllable by syllable commentary which explains how each word of the chant removes the blocks of desire, aversion, anger, pride, attachment, and envy.

    In class study: each week, the class will meet for one hour to discuss concepts from our Science of Mind teaching related to removing blocks in consciousness.

    *Home study: each week will be to view a video by Dr. Edward discussing concepts from our Science of Mind teaching related to removing blocks in consciousness (30 – 60 minutes weekly).  At home practice will include reciting the mantra 108 times (30 min daily). A recording by Dr. Edward reciting the chant will be made available to guide students. Students must have access to the internet to complete home study.

    *Students must be able to commit to a daily 30-minute practice of chanting. Students are encouraged to keep a journal of thoughts and feelings that arise and share them in the weekly class discussion.

    Textbook: 
    Handouts will be provided

    Dr. Edward Viljoen discovered Science of Mind while reading a book on a flight from his native South Africa to the United States. Upon arriving, he searched for the nearest Religious Science Church and immediately enrolled in the available classes.

    During his training as a Practitioner and then minister, he served in the World Ministry of Prayer and trained volunteers to staff the prayer lines. He was the author of the Ernest Holmes Study Guide in the Science of Mind magazine for many years. He was ordained in May 1996 and graduated as a Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplain in April 1999. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree in Divinity from Holmes Institute. He served as chairperson of the team responsible for guiding the Religious Science movement through its organizational restructuring. He has been senior minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa since 1995.

    Online registration for this class will end Sunday, January 26 at 5 pm. Registration will be available at the door if there is space available.

    Registration for this class includes a non-refundable $20 processing fee.

    Photo credit:  Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash

     

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