Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999; given name Easwaran, family name Eknath) is respected around the world as the originator of passage meditation and an authentic guide to timeless wisdom. His method is a practical approach that fits naturally into any faith, philosophy, or lifestyle, enabling us to bring universal ideals into daily life. Easwaran was a professor of English literature in India before coming to the United States in 1959 on the Fulbright exchange program. In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization), which carries on his work today through publications and retreats.
In the 1970s, Easwaran and a dedicated group of students created a residential community called Ramagiri Ashram in Northern California, about an hour north of San Francisco. For thirty years Easwaran lived at Ramagiri, guiding the day-to-day life of the community, based on the practice of meditation. Today the community strives to carry on this vital legacy in order to pass it on to new generations of students. When you attend one of our retreats in Tomales, you will have a tour of the ashram, meet Christine Easwaran, and meditate in our meditation hall.