Passage Meditation Group
The Meditation Group practices Passage Meditation and shares a commitment to the practice of meditation and the 8-Point Program of Spiritual Living described by Eknath Easwaran. The group meets to be inspired and meditate together.
Before attending a Passage Meditation Group meeting, please explore a self-directed on-line class, "Learn to Meditate on a Passage"
OR read the first two chapters of the book Meditation by Eknath Easwaran (online edition here) or available in the UU Fellowship Library under “Meditation.” The revised edition (Passage Meditation) is available at many bookstores.
What is Passage Meditation?
What is passage meditation? Passage meditation, developed by Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999), is a form of meditation where you memorize and meditate on an inspirational passage. It’s a universal type of meditation, so it doesn’t ask for any change in beliefs and can be practiced within or outside of any faith tradition.
Eknath Easwaran took to the spiritual life amidst a successful career in India as a professor of English literature, writer, and lecturer. After coming to the University of California, Berkeley, on the Fulbright exchange program, he started teaching meditation. He quickly decided that his mission in life was to offer "education for living" rather than "education for degrees", and he established the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (BMCM) in 1961.
Free Online Course
If you're interested in learning more about passage meditation, start here! This free online course will give you instructions and help you figure out if passage meditation is right for you. It is a self-paced course, and doesn't require any registration or contact information from you.
Read the Book, Passage Meditation, Free
If you like instruction via reading, you will find the full book Passage Meditation by Eknath Easwaran, free to read digitally online here. This online book provides detailed instructions on meditation and the eight-point program.
Fellowship Groups (Satsangs)
Members of Satsangs around the world meet regularly to encourage one another in the practice of passage meditation. Information about the local Satsang that meets at the UUCC Fellowship is on the white handout.
In addition to local groups, there is eSatsang – a virtual fellowship group meeting weekly via email, with over 1,000 members in 45 countries. The weekly email includes readings from Easwaran, helpful exercises, and comments from other members relating their efforts to incorporate the eight point program into their daily lives. You will find more information about eSatsang here.
Young Adults Passage Meditation Fellowship Group
The Young Adult Passage Meditation Group is a group of young adults in their 20s and 30s from around the world. Its members share with each other their experiences with establishing and maintaining daily passage meditation practice.
When: First & third & fifth Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Room 6
More info: Passage Meditation Group Leader