• COMMUNITY READING GROUPS

    building relationships & exploring truth

Bhakti Center Community Groups are a great place to meet new people and develop lasting relationships. Together we explore truth through the eyes of timeless spiritual wisdom. Join a group to share thoughts and realizations, to express doubts and ask questions, and to find inspiration and support on the spiritual path.

These are small gatherings, with 1 or 2 leaders for each group. We meet weekly for 90 minutes. There are 3 levels of groups.

  • LEVEL 1 BEGINNING BHAKTI

    A starting point for new seekers looking to understand the foundational elements of Bhakti.
    a series of 8 weekly meetings

  • LEVEL 2- GROWING BHAKTI

    For developing faith, practice and integrity on the path of bhakti.
    a series of 12 weekly meetings

  • LEVEL 3 - DEEPENING BHAKTI

    For those who have been practicing Bhakti for some time and share a faith in the Vaishnava theology and practices.
    a series of 12 weekly meetings

what to expect

  • friendly atmosphere
  • bonding with fellow seekers
  • knowledgable group leaders
  • wisdom from the bhakti tradition
  • group reading and sharing thoughts
  • group size approx. 8-12 people
  • All groups are free of charge.
  • To honor fellow group members, we ask that only those who can attend at least 75% of the meetings join the group.
  • Please have a look at the groups for this Fall below. If you would like to register for a group, or have questions about which would be best for you, please write to the address below.

LEVEL 1 – Beginning Bhakti is the place to start. We will be offering 3 Beginning Bhakti groups this fall. All will meet for a series of 8 weeks and will be reading from The Bhagavad-gita.

The Bhagavad-gita is the essential text on yoga practice, examining the various paths and providing the timeless teachings which has been central to eastern wisdom. It has remained a vibrant source of  wisdom across centuries and continents as it shows that one need not become a recluse to go deep into spirituality, but rather one can transform their current circumstances into a powerful spiritual practice through purifying their vision and purpose.

  • Thursdays / August 31st - October 19th / 6:00 - 7:30pm

    reading Bhagavad-gita with Rasika Gopi / room 5E

  • Sundays / September 10th - November 5th / 9:30 - 11:00am

    reading Bhagavad-gita with Jaya Jagannath / room 2E

  • Thursdays / October 26th - December 28th / 6:00 - 7:30pm

    reading Bhagavad-gita with Kaustubha Das / room 5E

LEVEL 2 – Try a Growing Bhakti group if you have already been part of been part of a Beginning Bhakti group and would like to go deeper. PLEASE NOTE: One of this Fall’s three Growing Bhakti Groups will be for women only.

  • Mondays / September 11th - December 18th / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    a Women’s Group with Alexandra Moga & Tatiana Kiseleva / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading Spiritual Warrior II by Bhakti Tirtha Swami – providing insight into how to transform lust into genuine love of ourselves, one another, and God. Through the perspective of Bhakti-yoga, Bhakti Tirtha Swami addresses questions such as: What is love? Where does lust come from? How can sexuality become a constructive force? How can we have better relationships? And ultimately, How can we be instruments of love?
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  • Wednesdays / September 13th - December 20th / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    with Radhika Khosharay & Lucy Ocampo / Bhakti Center room 5E

    Reading Japa by Bhurijana Dasa – a distillation of key components of japa meditation, providing nine insights and strategies in overcoming the restless and apathetic mind and how to cultivate sincerity and humility.
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  • Saturdays / September 16th - December 16th / 11:00am - 12:30pm

    with Julie Pasquel & Mukunda Prestha / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading The Science of Self Realization by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – a compilation of  interviews, lectures, essays, and letters of Srila Prabhupada explaining the process of self realization and how to practice yoga in the modern age. Topics include karma and reincarnation, superconsciousness, how to choose a guru, Krishna and Christ, and spiritual solutions to today’s social and economic problems.

LEVEL 3 – Deepening Bhakti is for those who have been practicing Bhakti for some time and share a faith in the Vaishnava theology and practices. These groups are great for sustaining and nourishing a dedicated life of devotion. PLEASE NOTE: 2 of this Falls 3 Deepening Bhakti Groups will be held in the homes of the group leaders (in Washington Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant).

  • Saturdays / September 9th - December 23rd / 9:15-10:45am

    with Jaya Jagannath / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading Madhurya Kadambini by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti –  a detailed analysis of the obstructions to our individual and collective devotional service, Madhurya Kadambini is like a blueprint of the progression in Bhakti-yoga form the stage of faith to the stage of pure love.
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  • Sundays / September 10th - December 17th / 2:15-3:45pm

    with Vasudeva Das / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading Nectar of Devotion by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – a summary study of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. This group will read and discuss the first part of this sacred text, which includes the nature, characteristics, and various forms of devotional service.

  • Fridays / September 15th - December 29th / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    with Ghanashyam Das & Bhakti Lata at their home in Washington Heights

    Reading Nectar of Instruction by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – compact guidebook of essential spiritual teachings originally written in Sanskrit by Srila Rupa Goswami, the great spiritual genius of medieval India, translated and explained by Srila Prabhupada.
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  • Fridays / September 29th - December 22nd / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    with Rasanath Das and Vrindavan Vinodini at their home in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

    Reading Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 1 by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – The Srimad Bhagavatam is considered to be the culmination of all of the Vedic teachings providing an in-depth presentation on Bhakti-yoga told through fascinating stories.
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