Oakland Satellite Center

Free classes are held most Wednesdays at 7 pm, with a required Introductory Meeting (for first-time students) by appointment at 6:30 pm. Classes are in Zhi Dao Guan: The Taoist Center, located in Oakland's Laurel District (3824 MacArthur Blvd). Street parking is usually easily available.

Please email purnata.acharya@gmail.com to set up your Intro meeting.

Acharya Purnata (Michael Small)

Purnata Michael small2After pursuing spirituality on my own for many years, I developed a yearning for a teacher to help me deepen my growth. My search quickly brought me to Swami Khecarantha and I realized I had found a practice that I could commit to for the rest of my life. I have been practicing with TrikaShala for six years and was initiated into the teacher-training program in June of 2014. I was formally initiated as an acharya in the Rudrananda Pantha in January, 2017, participating in an all-day ceremony conducted in Ganeshpuri, India.

It is my intention to serve others by offering the teachings and energy of my lineage. The practices of TrikaShala provide the means for addressing the daily challenges of life in the context of ever-maturing spiritual growth. My classes are free and open to anyone who has a desire to learn meditation.

When not teaching meditation, I am a school teacher and a bluegrass musician.