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OM 101

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00 PM–3:00 PM

Learn about the history and meaning of OM and mantra meditation from teachers in the Hindu, Sikh, and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual traditions. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a small group session in our galleries with each teacher. Each session will begin with a brief discussion of OM in the teacher’s spiritual tradition, followed by a short meditation. Afterward, guest speakers Pandit Dasa, Sharan Bir Kaur Gill, and Repa Dorje Odzer will discuss OM and mantras, with moderator Dana Trixie Flynn in our theater followed by a Q&A.

Pandit Dasa’s book,Urban Monk, will be available for purchase in the shop and a book signing will follow the program.

OM Lab is made possible through the generosity of HARMAN. Additional support provided by contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund. Presented with New York Yoga & Life Magazine.

About the speakers

Photo by Circe Hamilton.
Photo by Circe Hamilton.

Dana Trixie Flynn is an internationally celebrated yoga figure, social activist, and the creator of Lotus Flow, a soul-powered yogic movement system that “frees you to move like YOU.” Dana is the founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and San Francisco, with plans for even more Lotus Love in New Orleans and Los Angeles. She has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, SELF, Forbes, and was named one of Yoga Journal’s “Top Ten Influential Teachers Who Have Shaped Yoga in America.” Her devotion to activism and creating change has led to her partnerships with organizations like Africa Yoga Project, Off the Mat, and the Lineage Project.

Pandit Dasa lived as a Hindu monk for fifteen years in New York City and is currently a mindful leadership and well-being expert. He has conducted mindfulness workshops at Google, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America, Intel, Novartis, Columbia University, and many other institutions. Through these workshops, Pandit helps individuals lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and develop positive perspectives on challenging situations. Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today and writes for The Huffington Post.

Sharan Bir Kaur Gill has been practicing yoga since 1997, which led her to discover Kundalini yoga in 2008. As a practicing Indian Sikh, she has always been drawn to the Shabad Guru (sound current), and her Kundalini yoga practice gave her a sense of “coming home” as it did away with dogma and created a deeper understanding and appreciation for her background in Sikh Dharma. She believes everything comes full circle and shares her profound gift with pure joy and gratitude.

Repa Dorje Odzer (Justin von Bujdoss) is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, the North American Dharma Center of His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche. In 2011 Dorje Odzer was empowered and ordained as a Repa by H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche at his seat monastery Palchen Chosling in Ralang, Sikkim. He has spent over three years as a hospice Chaplain and is currently the Chief Staff Chaplain for the NYC Department of Correction. He has been practicing Buddhism for over twenty years during which time he has come to be a student of the late Ani Dechen Zangmo, the late Kyabje Pathing Rinpoche, the late Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Lodro Donyo, and Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche . He has been a student of His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche for over ten years. While he’s spending clinical hours with patients, or touring municipal jails throughout the city, or in Sikkim, Repa Dorje Odzer can be found searching for wonderful places to practice in the New York city area amid the everyday occurrences of life as we have come to know it.

Tickets: $15.00

Member Tickets: $13.50

This program has limited capacity.