Buddhist + Hindu kirtan
Monthly on the last Sundays, 7-9 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.)
Kirtan is offered by:
Sean — voice, harmonium
Sara — response leader
Surya Prakasha — percussion + all-around uplift
Kids are welcome, especially at ages where they can be relatively silent. Playing in the back, resting, making some kid noise, all no problem! Feel free to contact me if you’re wondering about bringing a child and want more details.
dana — the practice of generosity
We offer this practice in the ancient tradition of dana (generosity), completely on a donation basis. Your generosity supports 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.
2014 kirtan dates
Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30
Apr 27, May 25, Jun 29
Jul 27, Aug 31, Sep 28
Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 28
** Kirtan is offered every Sunday evening at Yoga Tree Telegraph, led by a rotating crew of wonderful leaders, including Stephanie Winn (1st Sundays), Evelie Delfino Såles Posch (2nd Sundays), Amita Stark (3rd Sundays), and me (final Sundays). Come sing and praise with us every week! **