Join the Vistara Circle Online Meditation for Beginners

Every Saturday morning at 10 AM EST New York time, you can be a part of an online community, practice meditation, and have a spiritual discussion. Subscribe for full access.

Join the Vistara Circle Facebook Group

In our group, you can meet yogis from all over the world, ask questions, start discussions, and view our events. You can also take attendance for joining the online meditations. This is the place to create a spiritual online community!

About Vistara Circle

The Vistara Circle is a spiritual community that will help its members experience greater emotional maturity and a deeper personal relationship with Supreme Consciousness. Members are asked to be a part of the community for at least two years and in so doing, strengthen their spiritual practices, gain knowledge, and enjoy spiritual company. All members will be encouraged to practice Tantric meditation and master the yoga ethics of Yama and Niyama in order to promote inner harmony with self, the community and society. 

Community

Members will feel as if they are a valued member of a community where their spiritual goals can be nurtured. The community will create mechanisms to ensure that each member has a support network that can help them overcome physical, mental and spiritual problems. Members will have opportunities to grow within the organization and take on leadership positions.

Knowledge

Members will gain spiritual knowledge through seminars, retreats and weekly collective meditation gatherings. They will become well versed in topics related to Tantra Yoga and be given tools and inspiration to become life-long tantric meditators.

Service

Members will take on service projects and learn to practice selfless service as supporting the interconnectedness of all life forms.

Branches

  • Washington D.C area

Director: Gustavo Monje – vistaracircle@gmail.com

  • Asheville, NC

Director: Ruth Li – vistaracircleasheville@gmail.com

Tantra and the Spiritual Perspective on Beauty Retreat

Our retreat will be a celebration and exploration of the beauty that drives human evolution from the material to the sublime. Register today!

The Vistara Circle Spiritual Lifestyle Training

Get ready to join an exclusive tier of the Vistara Circle with special webinars, readings, and assignments all managed online and designed to take your practices and knowledge of Tantra to a higher level!

Guiding Principles

YAMA

  • Ahiḿsá

Not to inflict pain or hurt on anybody by thought, word or action

  • Satya

The benevolent use of mind and words

  • Asteya

Non-stealing and to renounce the desire to acquire or retain the wealth of others

  • Brahmacarya

To keep the mind always absorbed in Brahma (Supreme Consciousness)

  • Aparigraha

To renounce excess and luxury and to practice living simply

NIYAMA

  • Shaoca

purity of body and mind

  • Santośa

Contentment

  • Tapah

Selfless service, such as service to humanity, to all beings and to Supreme Consciousness

  • Svádhyáya

The study, with proper understanding, of scriptures and philosophical books

  • Iishvara Prańidhána

Practicing meditation and having firm faith in Iishvara (Supreme Consciousness)

Vistara Circle Membership and Avenues of Growth

Visitors

All members are considered visitors during their first four Vistara Circle meetings. After four visits, they can choose to become official members.

Members

Members are required to maintain two years of good community standing. A visitor can still become a member even if they know they will be moving in the near future. In order to become a member, the following must be completed:

  • an oral exam demonstrating full knowledge of the ten principles of Yama and Niyama
  • practice at least one of the ten principles of Yama and Niyama for a week and share about the experience at a meeting and online.
  • pay a yearly membership fee of $20 in order to help maintain website and other organizational costs. The two year start date can be deferred to the first day of attendance.

Coordinators

Members can choose to be coordinators only after they have received the first lesson of advanced meditation from an acarya of Ananda Marga. They must be on track to receive subsequent lessons. Roles can include:

  • Seva (Service) Coordinator – coordinates Vistara Seva Circle
  • Recruitment Coordinator – coordinates different ways of attracting new members
  • Accounts Coordinator – helps manage accounts, takes attendance and communicates with members
  • Events Coordinator – helps the Vistara Circle organize retreats, seminars, and other events
  • Musical Coordinator – helps with music, sound and kiirtan. This person must be able to lead kiirtan
  • Sister Circle Coordinator – to be filled by a sister, who will create programs for women in the organization
Coordinators must create programs on a routine basis. They should keep regular contact with members in various ways including social media. Coordinators should prioritize programs that support the mission of the organization. If the roles above are filled, newly formed coordinators can assist an existing coordinator and form a committee. All coordinators are required to attend planning meetings either in person or via conference call at least once a month. Coordinators will also submit goal sheets every two months. Elections will be held by members in order to fill a coordinating role. Elections will be held every 6 months.

Sadhakas (yogis established in their practice)

Sadhakas are those who have completed the Vistara Circle Program and are now role models. They can choose to be coordinators or mentors for new members. More importantly, they have the option to move into the next phase of Vistara Circle, which is to aspire to be a Sadvipra (spiritual warrior influential in society).

Vistara Circle Membership Requirements

Meditation Instructions

Visitors will be provided with an introductory meditation practice and they will be asked to attend Vistara Circle for at least eight visits. After eight visits arrangements will be made for the person to receive a higher meditation lesson. 

Weekly Vistara Circles and Attendance

Vistara Circle meetings offer:

  • yoga classes
  • kiirtan and collective meditation
  • spiritual readings and discussion
  • potluck dinner (not at all locations)

Participation to weekly Vistara Circles should be considered mandatory for members. An attendance rate of 75% is required for all. If any member has missed a meeting, they can make it up by scheduling a time to meditate with the director, a coordinator or by attending seminars, retreats, and/or other activities.

Ten Seminars

  • Monthly seminars will be provided on topics ranging across yogic health, economic justice to spiritual philosophy. Members are required to attend at least 10 seminars in two years in order to maintain good community standing. Members are also required to read four books within the two years of the program in order to help them gain more knowledge on Tantra Yoga. Books will be suggested by the director.
  • Each seminar will provide a handout.

Retreats

  • Retreats will be organized 3 times a year, in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Members are required to attend at least two retreats in two years.

Service Project Participation

  • All members are required to maintain one service project. This can include regular volunteering with an organization, designing one’s own service project, or regular participation in Vistara Seva (service) Circles.

Presentation and Advancement Interview

Members must conduct a 30 min. – 1 hr. presentation to the community on a topic from the Vistara Circle curriculum or one of the required books before completion of their program. Members will have an advancement interview upon completion of their two year program.

Vistara Circle Completion

  • All requirements for members must be completed satisfactorily and they must have an attendance rate of at least 75%.
  • Members will have a graduation ceremony to honor their achievements.
  • Members are encouraged to organize a small team building outing with fellow graduates to reflect on their accomplishment and build strategies for the future.

Life After Vistara Circle

The Vistara Circle is primarily designed for beginner meditators and yogis. After maintaining good community standing for two years, a member becomes a sadhaka, a yogi established in their practice. They are no longer a beginner. In order to maintain their growth, they need to be with yogis who are on their level or are higher. They will then be invited to join another organization with advanced yogis in order to continue their spiritual journey toward becoming a sadvipra, a spiritual warrior that is influential to society. The spiritual journey is about growth. It cannot end after a two-year program. A sadhaka will maintain their growth by getting higher meditation lessons and attending advanced collective meditation sessions.

Ready to join Vistara Circle?

Other Important Points

  • The Vistara Circle will close for Summer Break for 5 - 6 weeks every year.
  • All members are strongly encouraged to abide by the principles of Yama and Niyama in order to create a safe and harmonious environment for all.
Vistara Circle is a wholesome community of awakened beings, sharing in good music, good meditation, and good fellowship, together as one.
Daniel Buchanan

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