• COMMUNITY 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 10 weekly meetings

  • LEVEL 2- GROWING BHAKTI

    For developing faith, practice and integrity on the path of bhakti.
    Three months of meetings about three times a month

  • LEVEL 3 - DEEPENING BHAKTI

    For those who have been practicing Bhakti for some time and share a faith in the Vaishnava theology and practices.
    Four months of meetings about three times a month

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 upcoming groups 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 4 Beginning Bhakti groups this Spring. All will meet for a series of 10 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 timeless teachings. 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.

  • Tuesdays / February 13 - April 24th / 6:30 - 8:00pm

    a co-ed Group reading Bhagavad-gita with Vasudeva Das / Bhakti Center room 3W

  • Wednesdays / February 14th - April 25th / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    a co-ed Group reading Bhagavad-gita with Rasika Gopi / Bhakti Center room 2E

  • Tuesdays / May 1st - July 10th / 6:30 - 8:00pm

    a co-ed Group reading Bhagavad-gita with Vasudeva Das / Bhakti Center room 3W

  • Wednesdays / May 2nd - July 11th / 6:00 - 7:30pm

    a co-ed Group reading Bhagavad-gita with Sundari and Champakalata / Bhakti Center room 2E

LEVEL 2 – Growing Bhakti is for those who have already been part of a Beginning Bhakti group or appreciate the bhakti path and would like to develop their faith and practice.

  • Wednesdays / February 21st - May 30th / 7:00 - 8:30pm

    a co-ed Group with Vira and Dhyana (in their home ) / Bhakti Center room 4w

    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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  • Saturdays / February 24th - May 19th / 10:00am - 11:30am

    all women’s group with Lucy and Radhika / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading The Eight Elements: My Journey Through Life’s Mysteries by Ranchor Prime – the author shares his journey in finding God through the Krishna bhakti path, reflecting on his spiritual crisis that inspired an exploration of the eight elements of ancient Vedic cosmology. In the book the author will take the reader one by one through the eight elements and share insight on spiritual life and love.

  • Thursdays / March 1st - May 31st / 6:00 - 7:30pm

    a co-ed Group with Julie and Tatiana / Bhakti Center room 5E

    Reading The Journey within by Radhanath Swami – The New York Times bestseller The Journey Within guides readers through the essential teachings of bhakti yoga. World-renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami draws from his personal experiences to demystify the ancient devotional path of bhakti, capturing its essence and explaining its clear principles. His down-to-earth writing simplifies spiritual concepts and answers timeless questions in a heartfelt narrative that brings this sacred philosophy beautifully to life. What is love? What is the soul? Who is God? How can we live in the physical world without losing touch with the spiritual?

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.

  • Mondays / February 19th - June 25th / 6:30-8:00pm

    a co-ed Group with Vasudeva Das / Bhakti Center room 3W

    Reading Sri Harinama Cintamani  – the touchstone of the Holy Name. Written by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sri Harinama Cintamani recounts a conversation between Sri Chaitanya and Namacarya Haridas Thakur on the philosophy and practice of chanting the holy names without offense. This group will focus on improving our japa meditation.

  • Tuesdays / February 20th - June 26th / 6:30 - 8:00pm

    all men’s group with Ghanashyam Das  /  held at Ghanashyam Das’ home in Washington Heights

    Reading Teachings of Rshabdeva – from the Fifth Canto, Chapter 5, of Srimad Bhagavatam. Srila Prabhupada has said that by studying and following this section of Srimad Bhagavatam one can learn everything necessary for dissolving the false ego and awakening our spiritual consciousness. This group will focus especially on verses 5.5.10 – 13 which provide a concise outline of the path of Bhakti-yoga.

  • Fridays / February 23rd - June 22nd / 7:00 - 9:00pm

    a co-ed Group with Rasanath and Vrindavana / held at their home in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

    Reading Prayers of Queen Kunti  – We will be reading the 1st Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam and specifically focusing on select verses in chapter 8: 1.8.18-1.1.8.44. This section of the Bhgavatam is renowned for the heartfelt and beautiful prayers uttered by the great Queen Kunti. The goal of this community group will be to develop a deeper relationship with prayer, explore what prevents us from praying and learn how we can consistently incorporate prayer as part of our daily spiritual practice.

  • Fridays / February 23rd - June 22nd / 7:00 - 9:00pm

    a co-ed Group with Rasika and Doyal / held at their home in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

    Reading Srimad Bhagavatam by Purnaprajna Das  – The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) is the essential and complete guide to Krishna bhakti. This is an easy to read summary of the whole work. The pastimes are fully recounted, and its lesson told concisely.

  • Sundays / February 25th - June 24th / 9:30-11:00am

    a co-ed Group with Kaustubha Das/ Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading selections from Sri Caitanya Caritamrta –  the primary biography and literary masterpiece detailing the life and teachings of Sri Caitanya, the mystic saint and avatar. Intertwined with the stories of His life are philosophical conversations detailing the practice of Bhakti-yoga.

  • Saturdays / March 3rd - June 23rd / 5:00 - 6:30pm

    a co-ed Group with Jaya Jagannath / Bhakti Center room 2E

    Reading Nectar of Devotion – Srila Prabhupada’s summary study of Srila Rupa Goswami’s great work Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, a classic of devotional literature covering topics including the characteristics of pure devotional service, ecstatic love of God, the qualities of Sri Krishna, and stimulation for ecstatic love.