Philosophy

January 

Philosophy: The Roots of Yoga with Kerry

Thursdays, January 18-25, 7-8:30pm
Yoga draws its philosophical roots from the samkhya system, a dualistic school of Indian thought which divides reality between the changeless and the changing, between consciousness and energy or matter. In the first of this two-class session, we will explore key concepts of samkhya philosophy and then conclude the session by considering means for applying these concepts in practice and in life. Each class will end with a guided meditation. Fee: $25 (ID#: S08) —

Winter Meditation Retreat at HIB with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Saturday, January 20, 9:30am-3:30pm
Winter is the time when nature turns inward. The pace of life slows, giving us a chance to reconnect to ourselves, and reflect on the year to come. Taking nature’s cue, we hope you will join us for HIB’s Winter Meditation Retreat.

Meditation Refinement: Posture, Mindfulness, and Concentration
(9:30 am-noon with Sarah)
We’ll begin our day reviewing why meditation is considered the most transformative practice in the yoga tradition. Then, we’ll dive into refining techniques to overcome common meditation obstacles such as physical discomfort, and a wandering mind. You will learn the importance of the Himalayan Tradition’s five-step meditation process and how to improve mindfulness and concentration. Come prepared for floor and seated practice, including a brief asana practice for meditation preparation.

Karma and Meditation: Understanding the Link
(1:00-3:30 pm with Julia)
After lunch, we’ll discuss the anatomy of the mind, and the concept of karma (cause and effect of our habitual thoughts, speech, and actions). We will discuss the mind’s many facets that allow you to interact with the world, as well as the inner dimensions of consciousness. You will begin to see why you relate to the world the way you do, and how your beliefs, actions, and identity have formed around your preferences, or habits. Gaining awareness of your preferences, and examining how they either help or hinder your happiness is key. Meditation alters your internal state of awareness, and supports the transformation of unhealthy habits. As practice progresses, you begin to make choices in life that support healthy balance, and lessen distraction and disturbance. Class will close with a short restorative asana practice, followed by a deep relaxation and seated meditation.

RETREAT SCHEDULE:
AM SESSION: 9:30 am – noon
Meditation Refinement: Posture, Mindfulness, and Concentration - with Sarah
LUNCH: noon - 1 pm
Full-day participants, join us for vegetable stew, scones, chai tea and dessert.
PM SESSION: 1-3:30 pm
Karma and Meditation: Understanding the Link - with Julia
FULL DAY - includes lunch: $85

Can’t stay the day? You’re welcome to attend a single session:
AM Session only: $45
PM Session only: $45
Register below Fee: $85 (ID#: MRF) — FULL

Retreat AM Session only with Sarah

Saturday, January 20, 9:30-noon
Fee: $45 (ID#: MR1) — FULL

Retreat PM Session only with Julia

Saturday, January 20, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: MR2) — FULL

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, January 25, 7-8:30pm
We embark on a year-long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. This book is available in our bookstore. The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. It has been an inspiration to many as one of the great religious classics of world literature. For our first meeting, we will discuss the Introduction as well as group guidelines and suggestions for the year-long study. Fee: $5 (ID#: S09) —

February 

SATSANG: Inspiration from HI’s Wisdom Library: Video and Guided Practice with Jackie

Thursday, February 1, 7-8:30pm
The Himalayan Institute’s headquarters in Honesdale, PA offers a rich resource for inspirational materials through its on-line Wisdom Library (himalayanistitute.org). This evening at H.I.Buffalo, we will watch “Yoga Sadhana: Wedding of the Human and the Divine” with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. This live-stream, which originally aired on Nov. 12, 2017, focuses on yoga as a means for self-transformation and the divinity that lies at our core. Our evening will conclude with a brief discussion and guided meditation. Satsang is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Fee: $0 (ID#: S10) —

Soup & Cinema: Winter Film Series with Kandy

Saturday, February 3, 11:30am-2pm
Enjoy an inspired film, homemade soup, and group discussion. Today’s movie is “Groundhog Day" - a tale of self-transformation. Phil Connors (Bill Murray) relives the same day until eventually becoming the more sattvic (virtuous) version of himself. Fee: $10 (ID#: S11) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, February 22, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we continue our year long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. We will be discussing teachings 1 & 2. Fee: $5 (ID#: S16) —