We are thrilled to announce that the renowned teacher and Kirtan singer Krishna Das will be joining us for two very special events this June, both taking place in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.
Krishna Das’ journey began in the late 1960s. He met spiritual seeker Ram Dass and traveled across the country with him, captivated by stories of his recent trip to India, where he had met the legendary guru Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji. In August 1970, Krishna Das left behind his dreams of being a rock star and made his way to meet this remarkable Being.
Basking in the love of Maharaj-ji in the three years that followed, Krishna’s heart was drawn to the practice of Bhakthi Yoga: the yoga of devotion. After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, he returned to the USA – and sadly, six months after his return, he received word that Maharaj-ji had died.
‘I will sing for you in the west,’ he promised his beloved Guru in his own heart. This did not come easily. As Krishna recounts in his book Chants of a Life Time, it took him almost twenty years to sing with groups of people around the USA.
In 1994, he started leading chants at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC. Over the years, he continued chanting, developing his signature style, fusing the traditional kirtan of the east with western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has been called yoga’s ‘rock star.’
He has taken call-and-response chanting out of yoga centres and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. KD now travels the world offering retreats and workshops, sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life, of Maharaji-ji, of his life on the Path, and how we can bring chanting into our lives.
To date, KD has released sixteen well-received albums, including Live Ananda (released January 2012), which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. In February 2013, KD performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles. The award-winning film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das has been screened in over 100 US cities and over 10 countries worldwide, and is available on DVD.
In 2014, the Kirtan Wallah Foundation was formed. The Foundation is dedicated to spreading the teachings of KD’s guru and spiritual teacher, Maharaj-ji. His teachings can be summed up by his saying:
‘Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God.’
To learn more about KD, visit his website krishnadas.com.
The first event we are offering with KD is a Peace Of My Heart Kirtan. It will run from 7.00 to 9.30 p.m. on Saturday June 15th in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please bring a cushion or mat to sit on if you would like to sit on the floor instead of the chairs. The cost of this event is €50 if paid in advance up until June 10th, or €60 on the door (cash only). To learn more, email email@example.com.
You can book your tickets for the Kirtan on Saturday June 15th here.
The second event we are offering with KD is a Peace Of My Heart Kirtan Workshop. It will run from 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday June 16th in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please bring a cushion or mat to sit on if you would like to sit on the floor instead of the chairs. The cost of this event is €60 if paid in advance up until June 10th, or €70 on the door (cash only). To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can book your tickets for the workshop on Sunday June 16th here.
The Conference Centre offers free parking.