Recently members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre visited San Diego in California for a variety of activities, including a concert, art exhibition and the unveiling of a statue of Sri Chinmoy.
During the two week Christmas vacation, visitors enjoyed fun in the sun, five times a day meditations, excursions to inspiring sites around the city, and more. The trip culminated with a series of programs that showcased the product of team effort and enthusiasm. Here is a brief summary of the most significant events:
Sri Chinmoy’s Paintings for World-Harmony were showcased at a Jharna Kala exhibition in City Hall.
It was an auspicious moment, as the newly-elected Mayor Bob Filner (who met Dr. Martin Luther King and was inspired to work for social change) said ““I have been recently studying Buddhism. When I heard the choir singing Sri Chinmoy’s song, A Moment’s Peace, I was reminded of the Buddhist practice called the bells of mindfulness. A few times a day someone rings chimes and everyone stops for a minute or two to focus on world-harmony. Then after a couple minutes people go back to their regular activities. What we want to do is re-focus on what we are all here for—and this is to create world-harmony.
This weeks featured gallery is by Kedar Misani during a trip, by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, to Bali and the world heritage site of Borobudur.
For many centuries, Borobudur was deserted, but after being rediscovered in the nineteenth century, it has been overhauled and given protected status. Sri Chinmoy visited Borobudur on a number of occassions. He remarked on Borobudur:
“Those who have seen Borobudur have really seen something. It is so beautiful and it has such spiritual grandeur! I also like Kamakura.
Borobudur is the Buddha in the process of blossoming. Kamakura is the Buddha who has already blossomed. Borobudur has simplicity in purity and purity in simplicity. Kamakura has silence in power and power in silence. Both are totally different.”
On a recent trip to Thailand Sri Chinmoy visited an Elephant sanctuary where he lifted a baby elephant using a special lifting apparatus. This is a photo of Sri Chinmoy with some of the elephants and park keepers from the sanctuary.