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Below is a listing of all of the courses presently offered online by The Laughing Man Institute of the Adidam Academy.

Please note: L.M.I. courses and international time zones

The L.M.I. courses listed below are offered in a variety of different time-zones and all courses are open to students from any part of the world.

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  1. The Da Avatar - An Introduction to the Life and Work of Adi Da Samraj

    A recommended introduction to the life and work of Adi Da Samraj from His birth to the present. Students will gain an understanding of the uniqueness of Adi Da within the context of the Great Tradition of human wisdom and spirituality.

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    • Prerequisites: None
    • Duration: 4 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $100
    • Instructors: Paul Augspurger
  2. The Knee of Listening Course: A study of the greatest Spiritual Autobiography of all time

    This course—open to both public and formal devotees—offers the Revelation-History of Adi Da Samraj, based on the book, The Knee of Listening. Classes are intimate and conversational, based on recitation, discussion, and Leela. They take place weekly, over the telephone, for seventeen weeks.

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    • Prerequisites: none
    • Duration: 17 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $300
    • Instructor: Anne Henderson
  3. Bhagavan Adi Da's Wisdom Instruction, One Book at a Time

    This course features on the in-depth study of one book, from the library of Bhagavan Adi Da's Wisdom Instruction. This semester's course is based on the book, My "Bright" Form, a remarkable collection of Discourses and Conversations with Avatar Adi Da Samraj from 1992 to 1995. Classes are intimate and conversational, based on recitation, discussion, and Leela. They take place weekly, over the telephone, for seventeen weeks.

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    • Prerequisites: none
    • Duration: 17 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $300
    • Instructor: Anne Henderson
  4. The Reality-Way of Adidam

    An introduction to “radical” devotion, right life, and “Perfect Knowledge”, the essential elements of the Way of Adidam.

    This course is based on the most up-to-date instructions and teachings of Avatar Adi Da, which simplify and clarify the foundation and practice of the Way of Adidam.

    4 weekly sessions - students in this course will be offered a combination of online course-work and weekly conference calls with your course instructor.

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    • Prerequisites: The Da Avatar course
    • Duration: 4 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $100
    • Instructors: Paul Augspurger
  5. Preparing to Enter the Lay Congregationist Order of Adidam Ruchiradam (L.C.O.)

    Preparing for the Lay Congregationist Order is a four-week intensive course of study and consideration for those interested in applying for membership in the second congregation of Adidam.

    Included in the course is a review of the foundation matters of heart-recognition of His Divine Presence, Avatar Adi Da Samraj and the heart-responsive embrace of the Guru-devotee relationship.

    Additionally, there is study and review of the sacred vows of eternal devotion and of second congregation practice, and study about the requirement for self-discipline in order for there to be real growth in the process of Divine Self-Realization.

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    • Prerequisites: The Da Avatar and The Reality-Way of Adidam courses, or the equivalent.
    • Duration: 4 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $200
    • Instructors: Paul Augspurger
  6. The Greatest Gift Course (Preparing to Enter Third Congregation)

    The Greatest Gift Course offers an overview of the sacred history of Avatar Adi Da's Establishment of the Third Congregation, a careful review of both the Eternal Vow of Devotion and the Third Congregation Vow, and an introduction to Beloved Adi Da's Eight-Part Admonition.

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    • Duration: 3 weekly sessions
    • Cost: US $75
    • Instructors: Anne Henderson
  7. Something New Must Emerge (Not-Two Is Peace)

    This course—open to both public and formal devotees—offers a preliminary examination of key Essays from "Not-Two Is Peace" (The Ordinary People’s Way of Global Cooperative Order). In this online education, we will not only be studying Adi Da’s profound and illuminating instruction in Not-Two Is Peace, but will be entering into consideration on how to apply it in our daily lives.

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    • Prerequisites: None
    • Duration: Six consecutive 90 min. weekly classes.
    • Cost: US $125
    • Instructors: Canada Shannon, Bill Dunkelberger
  8. Beyond Ego-Based Sexuality

    In this course we examine the core issues of human sexuality in relationship to real Spiritual practice.

    Based on the book The Complete Yoga of Human Emotional-Sexual Life , by Avatar Adi Da Samraj, this course is an opportunity to enter into in-depth consideration of the unconscious factors that control human sexuality (whether one is sexually active or not) and to examine how it is possible to engage authentic Spiritual practice in the context of human love-intimacy (or in the context of fully life-positive single celibacy).

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Duration: Six consecutive 90 min. weekly classes.
    • Cost: US $150
    • Instructors: Canada Shannon, Lynne Wagner
  9. Easy Death

    The text for this course, the third edition of the book Easy Death, is a collection of remarkable talks, essays, and stories by which Avatar Adi Da draws the reader through a truly transformative process beyond fear and bewilderment about death and dying. In this extraordinary book, Adi Da Offers both the Wisdom and the practical means for serving others in the death process and for participating rightly, and in the spirit of ecstatic surrender, in our own inevitable death.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Duration: Five consecutive 90 min. weekly classes.
    • Cost: US $150
    • Instructor: Canada Shannon