Sri Chinmoy is a meditation teacher who lived in New York from 1964 to 2007. He was born in India in 1931 and spent 20 years at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram before travelling to the West to teach the ancient yoga of the East in a modern dynamic form.
Sri Chinmoy teaches meditation as the basis of a fulfilling inner and outer life. It is through the power of meditation that we can learn the benefits of concentration, inner peace, detachment and a sense of oneness with others.
“Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.”
– Sri Chinmoy
During his lifetime, from 1970 to 2007, Sri Chinmoy offered Peace Meditations at the United Nations. He saw the meditations as a service to those who wished to cultivate inner peace in dealing with the challenges of life.
Sri Chinmoy visited the UK on many occasions – including one peace concert given in Leeds and two lectures. Sri Chinmoy gave over 700 peace concerts in different parts of the world. During the Peace Concerts, Sri Chinmoy played on several instruments and sought to create a meditative atmosphere through his soulful music.
- Sri Chinmoy.org
- Sri Chinmoy Centre – In the UK, there are Sri Chinmoy Centres in major UK cities, such as London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, York, Oxford and Cambridge.
- Sri Chinmoy TV – Videos of Sri Chinmoy’s activities and meditations.
Leeds Sri Chinmoy Peace City
On 24th October 1995, the city of Leeds was dedicated as a Sri Chinmoy Peace City, joining a list of other cities around the world who have made a commitment to peace.
In 2014, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run visited Leeds on the way from Ipswich to Edinburgh, to mark this occasion, the city made a new plaque to be featured in Park Square, in the centre of Leeds
Members of the Peace Run taking part in the ceremony.
The Mayor of Leeds with his wife holds the Peace Run torch.