Monthly on the last Sundays, 7-9ish pm
Yoga Tree Telegraph
2807 Telegraph, Berkeley
Kirtan (Sanskrit devotional singing) is part of the practice of Bhakti, the beautiful yoga of surrender and praise. Meditation and teaching stories from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions are woven between the chants, creating a nourishing play of sound, silence, and inspiration.
Kirtan is a relaxed community practice. We sing, talk, hear stories, drink chai, and sit in silence together. We sing mantras and chants (bhajans) from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and are learning the Hanuman Chalisa, a beautiful and deeply-loved prayer to Hanuman, Rama and Sita. (Chant sheets available for download under resources.)
Kids are welcome, but asked to be silent during the meditation (about 10 minutes, usually around 8ish). In good weather they often just run around the back lot with a parent. Feel free to contact me if you’re wondering about bringing a child and want more details.
We offer this practice in the ancient tradition of dana (generosity), completely on a donation basis. Your gifts support me, and the guest musicians, to continue offering this practice that we adore, and Yoga Tree, which allows us the space and with whom we share the donations. Your gifts, of money, yes, but also your presence, voice, and sincere practice, are very gratefully received. Thank you. I look forward to singing with you.
Upcoming kirtan dates:
Dec 30 — New Year’s eve eve kirtan. Intention setting and praise of the turning page.