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    • Paul Keoni Chun. Photo by Arthur Cohen
    • Devirose. Photo by Melanie Einzig.
    • Yoga in Times Square. Photo courtesy of the Times Square Alliance.
    • Tim Tompkins. Photo by Andrew Schwartz.
    • Yoga in Times Square. Photo courtesy of the Times Square Alliance.
    • Yoga in Times Square. Photo courtesy of the Times Square Alliance.
    • Joshua Greene. Photo courtesy Stories to Remember.

    Paul Keoni Chun (a.k.a. Keoni) is the Founder and President of Keoni Movement Arts (KMA), a 501(c)(3) dedicated to expanding access to the Movement Arts of Yoga, Dance and Gymnastics. He has been teaching these three disciplines to individuals of all ages, abilities and means for the past 16 years. His work and personal ractices are guided immensely by the deep traditions and philosophies of both yoga and the teachings of the Buddha. He also has extensive theatrical credits as a stage actor. He holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.

    Devirose is a teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center and has taught meditation at Downtown Meditation Community, Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, and Sadhana Maine Meditation Center. She has been a psychotherapist for nearly twenty years and, in this capacity, has taught in university settings and psychotherapy training institutes. Devi is also a spiritual singer/songwriter and has recently released her third cd, “Awake to Love”. Devi is a certified integral yoga institute teacher and has presented her original call and response chants and devotional songs at yoga and spiritual centers throughout New York and New England.

    Tim Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance since 2002. The Alliance is a business improvement district that works to improve and promote Times Square - cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Prior to coming to the Alliance, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks, which works to support New York City’s neighborhood parks. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale and an M.B.A. from Wharton, and currently teaches a class on Urban Economic Development at the NYU Wagner School. When he is not spending time in the most urban and unnatural place on the planet, he enjoys being in New York City’s natural areas, including its parks and waterways. Reflecting two of his passions – sailing and yoga – he is a coast guard-licensed captain and a registered yoga teacher.

    The New York Times describes Joshua Greene as “a storyteller…who traces journeys to enlightenment.” His Emmy Award-nominated films on Holocaust history have aired on PBS and Discovery. His yoga-related works include Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text, the bestselling biography Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, and “Living Yoga,” a documentary on yoga in America. He teaches Religious Studies at Hofstra University and leads a weekly Bhagavad Gita discussion group at Jivamukti Yoga School. In 2000 Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Programming for the United Nations World Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Since then, he has lectured and taught yoga philosophy nationwide. Currently Greene is completing a documentary about the impact of memory on the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.


    New York Insight Meditation Center (NYI) is an urban center for the practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana meditation. NYI programs include talks, weekly sittings and courses as well as daylong and weekend retreats and workshops for the integration of meditation teachings into daily life. NYI strives to be a center that reflects the vivid diversity of the city in which we live. The center is a place where everyone—of different ages, nationalities, cultures, languages, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and spiritual backgrounds—is welcome to begin or deepen meditation practice based on the teachings of the Buddha.

    Damn It, I Want To Be Enlightened!

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Damn It, I Want To Be Enlightened!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 7-8.30pm

New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10001
Cross Streets: Between Sixth Avenue and Broadway
Subways: N, R to 28 St; 1 to 28 St; F, M to 23 St
Buses: M5, M7 to Av of the Americas-W 27 St, X1 to Av of the Americas-W 23 St

FREE. Donations welcome. Open seating. Arrive early to ensure best seats.
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Is practicing yoga a spiritual endeavor, a workout, or both? This discussion investigates how yoga and meditation have evolved in New York and the West, what these adaptations can tell us about our complex city lives, and how these ancient practices are being used in new, unusual ways to create powerful change. Featuring Paul Keoni Chun (yoga teacher, actor and movement artist), Devirose (meditation and yoga teacher and devotional singer), Anjula Prasad (devotional singer and kirtan leader), and Tim Tompkins (President of the Times Square Alliance and initiator of Solstice in Times Square). Moderated by Joshua Greene (filmmaker, Living Yoga).

Produced by the Asian American Arts Alliance in collaboration with New York Insight Meditation Center. Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities.

This talk is supported in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.



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