Since its founding 50 years ago by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, CIIS has been at the forefront of cutting-edge approaches to counseling psychology, philosophy, spirituality, self-care and preventative health, and the whole-person education of mind, body, and spirit.

50 years of transformational education

CIIS has been, and continues to be, an early adopter of ideas that become mainstream, such as everyday mindfulness and integrative health. As the causes that CIIS champions gain in popularity, CIIS continues to be at the forefront of innovation in new and different ways to change our world for the better.

Haridas Chaudhuri Teaching Haridas Chaudhuri Teaching
Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri 1968 Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri 1968

Please join CIIS Alums and Faculty in celebrating our Golden Jubilee Birthday

Saturday, April 7, 2018
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco. CA 94103


2pm Opening: Witness the "dissolving ritual" of the colorful sand Mandala of Compassion in our lobby by Tibetan Monks from the Sera Monastery
3pm: Sitting Vipassana Meditation in honor of Dr. Rina Sircar
4 -5:30pm: Individual Program Reunions hosted by our incredible Faculty
5:30 - 6:30pm: Live music, art gallery tour, happy hour
6:30pm: A Toast to Our 50th: Speakers/Surprises followed by Buffet dinner
8:30 - 10pm: Drumming, Music and Dancing. Bring a drum or percussion instrument and your favorite dancing shoes!

Ticket Options:
$25 event only
$50 event + commemorative CIIS 50 year anniversary gift
$100 event + gift + two tickets to Fall 2018 Public Programs Campus Talk/Lecture

RSVP by Friday, March 30, 2018
Proceeds from this event benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund

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Mandala of Avalokiteshvara - Mandala of Compassion Mandala of Avalokiteshvara - Mandala of Compassion

*About the Mandala
Mandala of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig )
The Mandala of Compassion
In the fall of 2017 two monks from the Tibetan Buddhist Sera Jey Monastery of India were in residence at CIIS for one week to create a mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. After an incredible week of meditation, attention, care, and artful engagement, the monks graciously allowed us to preserve it for several months. On April 7, 2018, at 2pm-timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of CIIS-the monks will return to CIIIS to complete the final stage of sand mandala ritual, its dissolution and dispersal back to its elemental forms so it can be transferred into the ocean, thereby spreading its blessings.

Buddhist sand mandalas are tangible manifestations of the ephemeral nature of all things. Contemplation of mandalas are said to engender tender feelings of compassion for all living beings who also are subject to the vagaries of impermanence.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word, and its Tibetan equivalent is dkyil-‘khor, meaning ‘that which encircles a center.' A mandala is the palace, or celestial residence of the "deity" - a symbol of wisdom and compassion. The structure of this palace models that of the ancient palaces in India. Every aspect of a mandala structure has a deep meaning.

All four directions have doorways that represent the four immeasurable qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity. In the center hub of the mandala is the seed syllable HRIH, which represents the essence of Avalokiteshvara. This syllable can be understood as the visual and sonic manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, containing the essence of his enlightened qualities. A fire wall and a ring of Vajras surround the mandala and protect it from negative energies and conditions.

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Free Faculty Presentations

We're celebrating our Golden Jubilee Year and we invite you to be our guest at these outstanding Faculty presentations!  There is no cost and refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Losing our White Minds
Lani Chow and Diane Swirsky
4/5, 7-8 pm, Area 5

Bringing Goddess-Worshiping Cultures of Prehistoric Europe to Life
Mary Mackey in conversation with Mara Keller
4/6, 7-9 pm, Namaste Hall

Current Scholarly Work and Interests
ICP Faculty
4/7, 4 pm, Area 5

Haridas Chaudhuri and the Spiritual Roots of CIIS
Robert McDermott and Debashish Banerji
4/16, 7-9 pm, Namaste Hall

The Changing Cultural Zeitgeist and the Evolution of CIIS: 1968 to 2018 and Beyond
Rick Tarnas in conversation with Matt Segall
4/18, 7-9 pm, Namaste Hall

Psychotherapy in the Digital Age
Mera Atlis  
4/19, 7-9 pm, Area 5

Integral Ecology and the Great Turning
Sean Kelly
4/26, 7-9 pm, Room 311

Sexuality in the Trump Era
Gilbert Herdt
4/28, 7:30 -9 pm, Desai /Matta Gallery

Building Relational Trust: Lessons Learned from an Arts-Based, Community-University Partnership
Shoshana Simons, Denise Boston and Phil Weglarz
5/3, 7-9 pm, Room 311

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