Community Contemplation's A Glimpse of the Bhagavad Gita 
No prior familiarity with the text necessary or assumed! 
If you do have experience with the text—wonderful, as this will be a co-learning environment.

Nuts and bolts for A Glimpse of the Bhagavad Gita or Gita: 
Two introductory sessions to choose from (or attend both)
December 17th and January 7th, 8:30 - 9:45 PM (CST) via Zoom.

The purpose of the introductory session is two-fold: discuss and pose questions about the introduction of The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran or for some, simply get a feel for the book and the group.

Following the introductory sessions, five sessions will follow every Thursday evening January 14th through to February 11th. We are also scheduling a capstone zoom session with "Uncle" from one of the local Hindu study centers.

Every session will begin at 8:30 PM CST, the first 5 minutes will allow for casual and personal check-ins and hellos. Each session will end promptly at 9:45 PM.
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 927 7895 1159 Password: hippo

Feel free to come to the sessions that you can make, each session will be connected to previous and future sessions but each session can also stand alone. 

A Glimpse of The Bhagavad Gita or Gita is just that, a glimpse. It is a life-time work to engage with and be shaped by this powerful text. But you've got to start somewhere. This is a great opportunity to do so. 

The text we will be reading is: The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran, available at the Lake Forest Book Store—ISBN 978-158638-019-9

Please use this text for purposes of this group as we will reference pages and wording specific to Easwaran's translation. Some who attend A Glimpse who are more familiar and practiced with the Gita may choose to reference other translations, this is welcome, but for purposes of group study we will read the same text. 

Facilitators of A Glimpse: Zach Hancock, Dave Andersen, Kavita Swaminathan, Krishna Ranganathan and Venu Tummalapalli.

Teachers: All who attend! 

After all those nuts and bolts, here's my (Zach’s) pitch:
 
Many of us have heard of the Bhagavad Gita (literally: Song of God, ca. 5th-2nd C. B.C.E.) but few of us have actually read it (much less reflected upon it). 

Years ago when I first read a passage from the Gita it read like a passage from the Hebrew scriptures. In the passage I read, Krishna, the embodiment of the Godhead, is speaking. A few examples from the passage: 

Those who realize true wisdom, rapt within this clear awareness, see me as the universe's origin, imperishable
Creatures rise, creatures vanish; I alone am real, looking out, amused, from deep within the eyes of every creature
I am always with all beings; I abandon no one, and however great your inner darkness, you are never separate from me
I am the goal, the root, the witness, home and refuge, dearest friend, creation and annihilation, everlasting seed and treasure

Like me, perhaps you find these words stunningly beautiful and full of grace and wonder. And there is more, a lot more. 

For some time the leadership of Community Contemplation has contemplated the idea of offering an experience with The Bhagavad Gita. Over the years we have heard about the wisdom of the Gita from the folks in our community who are familiar with the Gita and hold it dear (it is the central text of the Hindu religion). As 2020 comes to a close we are pleased to offer A Glimpse of the Bhagavad Gita

If you're interested to know more, have questions, or want to let us know that you plan to participate, please contact any of the facilitators:
Zach Hancock: zhancoch@gmail.com
Dave Andersen: dave@kigsuganda.com
Kavita Swaminathan: kavita.prasad@gmail.com
Krishna Ranganathan: krishna.ranganathan@gmail.com
Venu Tummalapalli: venuhero15@gmail.com

With Anticipation, 
Zach Hancock

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December 8- 13 Meditation Sessions
45 Minutes Including 20 Minute Sit

Tuesday 12/8 @ 5:45 PM via Zoom.

Wednesday 12/9 @ 9 AM at North LB Beach by Shelter.

Friday 12/11 @ 9 AM  via Zoom.

Sunday 12/13 @ 9 AM at North LB Beach by Shelter.

Questions: contact Dave Andersen (847-691-3866).