Vedanta and Silence Certificate Course
with Swami Sitaramananda
November 16 - 25, 2019
This 10-day advanced course features vedantic meditation, the practice of group scriptural study, personal self-inquiry and the practice of outer and inner silence.
There will be personal coaching and guidance by Swami Sitaramananda in the study of Viveka Chudamani, the “Crest Jewel of Discrimination” by Sankaracharya. Enter into the peaceful silence of the inner Self through the practice of external silence. Come away with deeper self-knowledge and a sense of clarity and peace.
5:30 am Wake up bell
06:00 – 07:00 am – Meditation alone at a chosen location
07:00 – 10:00 am – Swadhyaya, guided study of scripture, in a group with the teacher
10:00 – 10:45 am – Vegetarian brunch, sitting alone in Mouna (silence)
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Karma yoga, interactions as needed, still in Mouna
12:00 – 02:00 pm – Silent reflection, journal writing, study time
02:00 – 04:00 pm – Dialogue with the teacher, group dialogue
04:00 – 06:00 pm – Asana/pranayama practice in silence
06:00 – 07:00 pm – Vegetarian dinner, sitting alone in Mouna
07:00 – 08:00 pm – Mantra chanting/writing in a group, spoken chanting allowed, but no conversation
08:00 – 10:00 pm – Meditation in a group or alone, study on assigned reading, summary writing…no sleep allowed before
10:30 pm Lights out
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm with Orientation followed by Satsang.
Departure: The course will end at 2pm on final day.
We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click ‘register’ below).
“With the direct and compassionate guidance of Swami Sitaramananda, I had the confidence to clearly look at my emotions, thoughts and actions and the negative and positive results that stem from them. Swami Sitaramananda was able to make a practical connection between the insights from Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination and everyday life. I now have an understanding of how to apply this wisdom to become more aware and mindful of my emotions, thoughts and actions. With this training in self-awareness I feel confident in my abilities to make life-affirming decisions. For me the course was truly transformative!”
– Padma (Nina Nguyen) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“This is a course that will wake you up to who you really are and accelerate your progress on the spiritual path. Swami Sitaramananda is a brilliant and insightful teacher of the Vedantic texts. I highly recommend this course to serious spiritual seekers. Thank you for guiding us with such insight through Vivekachudamani. You were able to see things that we could not. It is the right teaching at the right time. The path ahead is much clearer now.”
“I now have the answers to so many of my questions.”
– Cynthia, Canada
“I found a teacher, a genuine tradition, a supportive community and a place where I can ask every question without fear.”
– Leslie, NY
Certificate of Completion from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, International.
What to Bring
Required Text: “Viveka Chudamani: the Crest Jewel of Discrimination” by Adi Shankaracharya
Reccommended Commentary and translation: Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, Vedanta Press
Slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first Date of the course with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm.
Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.
We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.