Founded in 1968
Born in 1931 in India, Sri Chinmoy spent twenty years meditating in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, southern India. Following an inner command to share the spiritual wisdom of the East with aspiring seekers in the West, he left behind his simple ashram lifestyle behind in 1964. On April 13th, Sri Chinmoy arrived in the colossal metroplis of New York City to offer meditation sessions and established the first US Centre in New York.
In 1968 he moved to Jamaica, Queens where he lived until his Mahasamadhi in October 2007. Queens also became the headquarters of the Sri Chinmoy Centres worldwide during his lifetime. As the decades passed, the Queens Centre grew and currently over 200 live in the Jamaica area and surrounding environs. Others from the New York and Tri-state area gather for regular meditation sessions several times a week in Jamaica at an all-season meditation garden.
During April and August the Queens Sri Chinmoy Centre is host to members from all over the world for two week-long meditation retreats, a tradition Sri Chinmoy started and which we continue. Members come from as far as Mongolia and South Africa to re-invigorate their meditation practice and rekindle friendships with kindred spirits.
Several years ago the Oneness- Heart Centre was established for seekers in Jamaica, Queens and introductory meditation classes are taught in Bengali, English and Spanish. Follow-up courses are offered for those in search of deepening their meditation practice. Seekers from Manhattan regularly travel to the Oneness-Heart Centre for weekend meditation sessions. More …
A number of small business enterprises, including trendy cafes, vegetarian 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 weekly 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 …