New York Sri Chinmoy Centre


New York Tri-State Area Sri Chinmoy Centre

Sri Chinmoy was born in India in 1931, in Shakpura near Chittagong. After studying in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for over twenty years, he came to New York City in 1964 where the first Sri Chinmoy Centre in the US was established.

In 1968 he moved to Queens where he lived until he passed in October 2007. Though currently headquartered in Jamaica, the New York Sri Chinmoy Centre has retained its NY namesake all these years. Over the course of a 43-year period, the Centre has gradually expanded into what it is today.  Several hundred students live in the Queens, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey tri-state area and regularly meditate together in Queens in an all season inspiring garden setting.

In addition, hundreds of Sri Chinmoy's students visit from Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa every April, August and October for week-long meditations or longer spiritual retreats. Like our host city, New York, we are truly an international family.

Local Enterprises

A number of small business enterprises, including cafes, restaurants, a health food store, flower shop, gift, clothing and stationery boutiques, printing press and laundromat have been established in service to the local community. More …


Sports is the perfect complement to meditation to lead a balanced life. Our road events range from the  two-mile Self-Transcendence race every Saturday in Jamaica, Queens to the 3,100 mile race, the longest certified road race in the world. More …

Sri Chinmoy on New York

In addition to living in the area for 43 years, Sri Chinmoy had great fondness for New York and a special love for the Statue of Liberty. New York's 24/7/365 dynamism was particularly appealing and reflected his own firm belief in constant self-transcendence:

I admire New York. My eyes are enamoured of her soul's dynamic beauty. My New York is always astir and bustling. Also, she is marching in gigantic strides. Success emerges before her very eyes.

The dawn breaks each day feeling New York's heart consumed with new zeal. She hates to be absorbed in a fog of fruitless brooding and empty inactivity. Moreover, she wants to be free. Read more ...

Sri Chinmoy in New York

For over four decades Sri Chinmoy offered numerous concerts throughout the five boroughs, met with several of New York City's mayors, and gave lectures at area universities. While too large in volume to post all to the web, highlights of his activies will be coming soon.