California Institute of Integral Studies

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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
The Sri Yantra, the Hindu symbol used by CIIS to represent Integral philosophy.
The Seal of California Institute of Integral Studies
Established 1968
Type Private, Nonprofit
President Joseph L. Subbiondo
Academic staff 69 core faculty
Students 1,400
Location San Francisco, California
Campus Urban
Former names American Academy of Asian Studies, California Institute of Asian Studies
Newsletter CIIS Today
Colors Blue and Gold          

Sri Aurobindo

Rajnarayan Basu (Maternal grandfather) • Manmohan Ghose (Elder brother) • Barin Ghosh (Younger brother) • Krishna Kumar Mitra (Maternal uncle)
Collected Works • Life Divine • Synthesis of Yoga • Savitri • Agenda
Involution/Involution • Evolution • Integral psychology • Integral yoga • Intermediate zone • Supermind
Matrimandir • Pondicherry
Sri Aurobindo Ashram • Auroville
The Mother • Champaklal • N.K. Gupta • Amal Kiran • Nirodbaran • Pavitra • M.P. Pandit • P.K. Bhattacharya • A.B. Purani • D.K. Roy • Satprem • Indra Sen • Kapali Shastri
Journals and Forums
Arya • Mother India • Collaboration
Integral education
Auro University • The Mother's International School • CIIS • Esalen

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a private institution of higher education founded in 1968 and based in San Francisco, California. It currently operates in two locations just south of the Civic Center district. CIIS has a total of 1,400 students and 72 core faculty members.

The Institute consists of three schools: the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation (mainly humanities subjects), and the School of Undergraduate Studies. Many courses combine mainstream academic curriculum with a spiritual orientation, including influences from a broad spectrum of mystical or esoteric traditions. Although the Institute has no official spiritual path, some of its historical roots lie among followers of the Bengali sage Sri Aurobindo.[1]


CIIS is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). [2]

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  1. ^ "From the American Academy of Asian Studies to the California Institute of Integral Studies"[1]
  2. ^ "WASC: Statement of Accreditation Status, California Institute of Integral Studies". 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 

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