Frequently Asked Questions
What are the costs to attend classes?
AGA is a non-for profit organization. Gnosis is not a business, and no person involved in the running of such a center is making money for his or her services. The public classes are offered freely. For those who continue on with the weekly course, donations (sugg. $10/week/per person) are greatly appreciated to cover the costs of running the gnostic center: rent, utilities, printouts, etc.
The Gnostic goal is the happiness of all human beings without distinction. The aim of all centers is to share Gnosis with anyone who is interested, regardless of race, sex, religious background, occupation, etc. Having no monetary price set on them, the Gnostic teachings can thus be considered to be "free."
This does not imply, however, that the teachings are superficial, or not of value. The fruits of Gnosis are acquired through the efforts of each student. The more one puts into studying, understanding, and practicing the teachings, the greater will be the fruits of one's efforts.
The students who persist and persevere are the ones who see the real value in the knowledge..
What is the format of the classes?
The classes are in lecture format during our initial classes (First Chamber). Each lecture is followed by a guided meditation. The next series (Meditation Chamber) is mostly guided meditation with a bit of a lecture.
Generally, we have a short series of Public talks followed by a weekly course of 33 lessons (First Chamber) continuing on the same night of the week, and will serve as a foundation for the further development of the study of esotericism and the science and ethics of meditation in a more in-depth manner.
In regards to attendance to the public classes, anyone is welcome to attend one, several or all of the classes being offered in the public talk series. For those who are interested, weekly classes will continue and go deeper into the topics that have been introduced. As the classes and practices build on each other, consistent weekly attendance is expected for those who decide to continue on with the classes.
What kind of commitment is required?
If you decide you do not want to continue with the classes at any point, you are free to do so with no further obligations. If we do not hear from you, you will not hear from us. This is done to respect your privacy.
In view of the fact that Gnostic Studies have progressed extraordinarily in recent years, no knowledgeable person of today will fall into the simplistic error, as in the past, of maintaining that Gnostic currents arise from some exclusive spiritual latitude, available only to the few.
There is Gnosis in the Buddhist Doctrine, in the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet, in the Zen Buddhism of Japan, in the Chan Buddhism of China, in the Sufi tradition, in the Dancing Dervishes, in the Egyptian, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Greek, Aztec, Mayan, Incan, Toltec Wisdom, etc. If we carefully study the Christian Gospels, we will see within them the Pythagorean mathematics, the Chaldean and Babylonian parables and the formidable Buddhist ethics.