- A conversation with Dharma Bodhi, Spiritual Director of DHARMA INC International. Dharma Bodhi was born in Chicago in 1962 and became deeply involved in spirituality, religion and philosophy at an early age. At seven, he began the practice of Hatha Yoga and at twelve took up a lifelong commitment to meditation and martial arts. After extensive undergraduate study in biochemistry and psychology, and clinical experience in Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Dharma Bodhi went on to graduate with a clinical doctorate degree in chiropractic in 1986. In 1987 he met a disciple of the great master of Tantrik Yoga, Paramahamsa Satyananda Sarasvati. Later that year, Dharma recognized Satyananda to be his Root-Guru. Formal initiation followed in 1987. This marked the beginning of a very intimate mystical relationship with his guru that resulted in Dharma letting go of his chiropractic practice and contact with family and friends, in order to undertake a one and a half year practice retreat.
In 1997, his guru’s successor, Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Sarasvati, gave him the mandate to move back to the United States to form a new sect of classical Tantrik Yoga for Westerners to preserve the lineage teachings and practices which had become debased and commercialized in the West. In January of 2001, Dharma established a center for Tantrik studies in Berkeley, California, and then, in 2002, he created a community center in Berkeley called Yoga Mandala.
After fulfilling the seven-year mandate given by his Guru to bring the classical Tantrik teachings to the United States, Dharma Bodhi moved with his family to the mountains of northern Thailand to establish Kailash Akhara in 2007. This 60-acre tropical oasis, residential community, artist colony and training center is dedicated to the study, practice and preservation of non-dual cultural arts and religion, especially those of Sakta/Saiva Tantra and Yungdrung Bon Dzogchen meditation and yoga. Dharma and his wife Ajama live with their children and a community of students at Kailash Akhara and, currently, he serves as the Spiritual Director of DHARMA INC International.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #119 - 01JUN13
The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
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