Ruhi Study Circles

posted May 23, 2009, 4:52 PM by Bahai Faith Oakland   [ updated Jan 22, 2011, 1:30 PM by Nate Gandomi ]
Baha'i study circles, which are multiplying rapidly throughout the world, are gatherings of Baha'is and non-Baha'is interested in an in-depth, systematic study of the Baha'i writings. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, to comprehend its meanings and to find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity. 

Each study circle is based on one of seven books in the curriculum, which is known as the Ruhi series of courses. The courses oginated at the Ruhi Institute in Colombia. There is no charge to attend a Baha'i study circle beyond the price of a course book.

Study circle topics include understanding the Baha'i writings, the importance of prayer and life after death, learning about the lives of the Bab and Baha'u'llah and learning how to provide spiritual education to children.

The frequency and duration of each study circle are set by the group; a facilitator maintains the focus and pace. At the end of each course, study circle participants are asked to do service appropriate to what they've learned in the course.

An important and valuable element of the Baha'i study circles is the practice of memorizing passages from the Baha'i writings. To assist in this process, one study circle participant developed an interactive game called I Memorize, which includes all the passages included in the Ruhi courses.

To join or start your own study circle in the Oakland area please contact the Cluster Institute Coordinators at:

Denise Banister

Resources for Tutors and Detailed Information on the 7 Ruhi Books Available. 
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Book 1: Reflections on the Life of the Spirit Book 2: Arising to Serve
Book 3: Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 1 Book 3A: Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 2 
Book 4: The Twin Manifestations:
The Lifes of the
Báb & Bahá'u'lláh
Book 5: Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth
Book 6: Teaching the Cause Book 7: Walking Together on a Path of Service: Becoming a Tutor