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Check out this New York Times article about Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in New York City. 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Times Square, New York City.
by Richard Perry of the New York Times

Art of Living organized meditation programs with Sri Sri in New Jersey on April 9th and in New York city on April 10th. Here is a photo from the article of Sri Sri walking through Times Square. Below is an excerpt from the article titled “Seeking Bliss Among the Honks and the Hisses”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, 54, the Indian spiritual guru, said it was his first time in Times Square, as he walked up Broadway on Monday morning.

“It’s a nice place for a stroll,” he said. “A lot is happening.”

Indeed there was. The Crossroads of the World was as hectic as ever, teeming with traffic and sidewalk crowds toward the end of the morning rush.

Mr. Shankar stood, taking it all in: police officers, tourists, office workers, vendors, bomb-sniffing dogs. Even for Mr. Shankar, who lives in the city of Bangalore, this might seem to be sensory overload: a news “zipper” sign overhead trumpeted items like “Long Island Serial Killer Taunting Victim’s Teen Sister.”

The guru smiled broadly — he always seems to be smiling — and ambled up Broadway, dressed in sandals, a flowing, white robe, and a tan, wool scarf. He has a full, dark head of hair and beard, and suffice to say, he stands out even in a crowded Times Square.

Mr. Shankar was in town to offer a workshop to inaugurate the program I Meditate NY, which provides meditation classes to deal with city stress. On Sunday, he conducted a program for 2,700 people at Avery Fisher Hall.
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Here is the article on the Art of Living website Art of Living takes Yoga and Meditation to China


“India and China share a long tradition of wisdom and spirituality,” said spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as he inaugurated the first Art of Living ashram on the outskirts of Beijing on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The event was attended by representatives of Chinese Peoples Association of Friendship of Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a government- backed body. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also led a Health and Happiness yoga camp in Beijing.

Thanking the Communist party of China for their support, Sri Sri said, “Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Upanishads all point to the fact that peace is within us and we need to share it with everyone. One of China’s contributions to the world has been Kung Fu and Tai Chi which has brought alertness and good health. India has taught yoga and breathing techniques since thousands of years. The Art of Living Beijing ashram will not only serve the purpose and needs of the people in China but will draw people from all over the world to experience the hospitality of the Chinese.”

Monday afternoon witnessed the first of its kind Art of Living Health and Happiness yoga camp at the ashram. Wu Jian Wei, a businessman who participated said, “It was a wonderful workshop. I have done The Art of Living course earlier too. After doing it, there is harmony in the family. Chinese and Indian spirituality are like twin brothers from the same origin.”

This is the first ever visit by an Indian spiritual leader to mainland China. Several Art of Living teachers from Bangalore have visited and trained over two dozen Chinese teachers in Shanghai and Beijing. The Art of Living courses are taught in 15 cities across the mainland since a decade. China now becomes the 9th country in the world to have an Art of Living ashram.

Here is a glimpse of the Beijing ashram.


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