One of the more interesting details about last nights talk by Deepak Chopra was that they’re opening the first branch of the Chopra Center in downtown Vancouver this winter. All of the things they’ll be offering are available here already – Ayurveda, yoga, meditation. They present it as taking your practice to the next level. That would certainly be true for many of the yoga class devotees around town in their Lulumon. The framework is his “Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga“.
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It will be interesting to see what impact it has. All the fresh smiling young people in Chopra tshirts reminded me of the time in the ’70’s when meditation was all the rage and eastern sages were on mainstream TV talk shows. For some reason, this feels like a good sign.
Vancouver is also home to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Last year, they hosted an International Peace Summit with a rich range of speakers. Everyone from the Dalai Lama to Eckhart Tolle, Matthieu Ricard to Bob Geldoff. Even Blue Man. They discussed the Charter for Compassion, Word Peace through Personal Peace, and so forth.
There is an old saying: The means gather around sattva. They don’t call this Lotusland for nothing. 😉