Arsha Vidya Gurukulam is an institute for the traditional study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, located in the Pocono Mountains, at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. It offers studies in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahma-sutras, and other classical Vedic texts. It was established in 1986 by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. There is also a home study course for Bhagavad Gita ($210 in US) and for Sanskrit ($55 in US) and an excellent bookstore. ** See the Traditional Teachers page for details of other teachers around the world who belong to Swami Dayananda's saMpradAya. **
Arsha Bodha Center is a similar organization in central New Jersey founded by Swami Tadatmananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda. There are regular classes in Vedanta and Sanskrit and numerous other events. Payment is by donation.
Chinmaya Mission Trust is
an International Non profit Organisation that "helps
people bring the essence of Vedanta and Upanishads
into their daily lives". It was established
by Swami Chinmayananda, a disciple of Swami
Sivananda and Tapovan Maharaj. Its mission
statement is " To provide to individuals,
from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta
and practical means for spiritual growth and
happiness, enabling them to become positive
contributors to the society." There are
centres in Africa, Australia, France, Canada,
Hong Kong, India, Singapore UK, USA, and many
more locations. This site provides
details of teachers, locations, projects, publications
This main site provides details of what TM is, scientific research carried out to validate its benefits and where you can be initiated (you submit an online form and someone from your nearest branch then contacts you). There is information about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the TM program and frequently asked questions and answers. It is very much advertised as a means for achieving relaxation and as a benefit to bodily and mental health, with no obvious references to Advaita or any other philosophy. i.e. it appears to be for 'me', not for realizing the Self. You may also enroll in the Maharishi Open University, which offers Internet Video Broadcasts and courses in 'Yogic Flying' amongst other things.
The Meditation Society of America has produced these pages, which look likely to contain everything you ever wanted to know about meditation, including descriptions of 108 different techniques, concepts, words of wisdom and a message board. There are also newsletters, CDs... and a t-shirt!
Another site that has information on many aspects of meditation is My Meditation Garden (N.B. This is not an 'organization' and is included in this page as related information only.) The articles are comprehensively categorized in the Site Map and include audio, and video. Note that the expressed aims are almost exclusively concerned with 'worldly' benefits, which of course are ultimately irrelevant from the point of view of advaita. Accordingly, if looking for a technique to use, you should take care to choose one which does not divert you from the single aim of stilling the mind. (The other benefits will still be a side-effect!)
The Advaita Yoga Ashrama was set up to spread the teachings of yoga and advaita according to the lineage of Sri Swami Sivananda. The site introduces many aspects of Advaita and gives details of activities and retreats at affiliated centers throughout the world.
The School of Practical Philosophy - is affiliated to the UK SES organization above. There are classes and weekend retreats. Students are eventually initiated into mantra meditation. There are branches in NYC, Boston and San Francisco.
Meditation Center (formerly The Philosophy
is a School of Advaita in Waltham , Massachusetts
, offering classes, seminars and retreats in
Advaita philosophy, meditation and related
subjects. The faculty includes senior students
who have been studying and practicing together
for over 30 years, and welcomes anyone who
is interested in Advaita, whether beginner
or experienced. The School is affiliated with
Sharada Peetham in Sringeri , India , the
Southern Seat established in 820 CE by Shankara,
and is guided by His Holiness Shri Bharati
Swami Satchidananda was the founder of "Integral Yoga", which now has institutes throughout the world. This is a huge site which contains details of his life, work and publications with photos, audio and written extracts of his teaching. Sri Gurudev, as he was known, was the author of the excellent commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - see Recommended Books.
Yogaville is the international headquarters for Integral Yoga and there are details about the ashram, courses and retreats.
Publications may be ordered here.
(Note that the emphasis throughout is on practical yoga techniques and not primarily Advaita theory, though j~nAna yoga is also addressed.)
AHAM is the 'Association of Happiness for All Mankind' , which has a center in N. Carolina, US and one in Tiruvannamalai, South India. Some meetings are also held at Vancouver Island in Canada. Founded and directed by Arunachala Ramana (Mr. Dee W. Trammell), their purpose is to prepare students for the Self-enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi in a modern manner. The essence of the teaching is described and there are (Flash) guided meditations. There are extracts and quotations from A. Ramana and Ramana Maharshi. There is an extensive book catalogue.
SAT, the Society
of Abidance in Truth, has a temple in Santa Cruz, California.
Teaching is given by Nome, and is particularly
influenced by Ramana
Maharshi. There are regular satsangs, as well
as retreats and special events. A few books are
published by SAT but the bookstore holds many
more, as well as music, MP3 downloads, photos
of Ramana, etc.
Vedanta Cultural Foundation United States is the USA branch of the organization established in 1976 in India by Swami Parthasarathy. The teacher there is Gautam Jain, who gives regular talks in New York and New Jersey. The site contains details about the organization, Swami Parthasarathy and his books/CDs.
International Congress of Vedanta was established in 1986 by Professor S.S. Rama Rao Pappu in the Department of Philosophy, Miami University in order to bring together scholars specializing in Indian Philosophies and Religions from all over the world for the study and exchange of ideas and to promote research. In recent years, the Congress has been held annually at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; the 19th International Congress of Vedanta runs between 27th - 30th July 2010.
Institute of Spiritual Awakening, founded by Anshin, offers teachings from both classical and contemporary non dual teachers, along with the exploration of science in physics and cosmology. There is no price for any of the teachings, in line with the purpose of reaching as many people in the world as possible. The stylish website, with many modern technological features, offers a great resource to anyone interested in nonduality.
Sadhvi Chaitanya is a site dedicated to documenting some of HH Sri Sadhvi Chaitanya�s satsangs and classes, who is herself a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The site is maintained by her students. The goal is to reproduce whatever was taught without additional commentary using examples and teachings directly from class. The classes are taught in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta and Adi Shankara.
Arsha Vijnana Mandiram is a spiritual retreat center located in Southern Georgia devoted to the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit. Arsha Vijnana Mandiram was founded in March 2006 by Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. His disciple, Sri Sadhvi Chaitanya, is the resident Acharya of the center.