Noted Global Peace Leader and Founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Arrives in Los Angeles

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Visit Marks the Launch of a Meditation Campaign, Wisdom Talk and Discussion with Entertainment Leaders on Promoting Human Values in Hollywood Storytelling

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Meditation is putting a break on our galloping mind. It is the basis of all growth. This is an incredible opportunity to experience deep meditations and knowledge with a revered spiritual teacher,” said Michael Fischman, president of the Foundation.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, global humanitarian, peace maker, spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation arrived in Los Angeles today bringing his message of "Outer Success through Inner Freedom". His visit marks the launch of a meditation campaign as he will lead a three evening series titled “Secrets of Meditation” April 19-21 guiding thousands of Americans to meditation.

Sri Sri will also join key members of the entertainment industry today each of whom will contribute their expertise in a program on inspiring awareness and promoting human values through film, television, and new media. The event titled "Close Encounters of the Screen Kind: Investigating the Role of Human Values in Hollywood Storytelling" will take place on the USC campus at 7.30 p.m. and presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion exploring how changing the stories we see on-screen can change the story we live as human beings.

Sri Sri will also provide a commentary on a key Upanishad during his visit. The Upanishads are ancient texts that contain knowledge of living life in higher states of consciousness. In all of these forums, Sri Sri will bring out the knowledge in a way that is relevant to modern life and instill participants with a sense of greater peace, awareness, and happiness.

“Meditation is putting a break on our galloping mind. It is the basis of all growth. This is an incredible opportunity to experience deep meditations and profound knowledge with a revered spiritual teacher,” said Michael Fischman, president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation.

Named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a violence-free, stress-free world. His initiatives in conflict resolution, trauma and disaster relief, business and social responsibility, prisoner rehabilitation, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, PTSD relief, and education, and his programs of meditation, breathing, and self development have impacted the lives of more than 30 million people worldwide. In particular, the Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) programs are helping thousands of young people in inner city high schools in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, where children and teens have reported reduced stress and improved performance.

This will be Sri Sri’s third visit to the Art of Living’s new Los Angeles Center, which was inaugurated in April 2010. A historic landmark building in the West Adams district near USC, the Center has already established itself as an instrument for community upliftment through its breathing, meditation, yoga, and knowledge programs, as well as ongoing cultural events and forums designed to build bridges of understanding between the city’s diverse communities.

The Sri Sri-founded partner organizations, the Art of Living Foundation, International Association for Human Values, and Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth (VVM), have collaborated to offer self-development programs for adults, corporate leaders, leadership development for young adults, summer camps for children, as well as specialized programs for returning veterans, people with HIV and their caregivers, and international cultural events. Sri Sri’s flagship Art of Living Course is taught in 151 countries, and numerous studies on its core breathing practices have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

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About the Art of Living Foundation:

Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization, working in special consultative status with the United Nations Social and Economic Council on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution, and disaster relief. One of the world’s largest volunteer-based organizations, the Foundation is present in more than 150 countries and works to create a violence-free, stress-free world by strengthening the individual.

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