Ashok Nalamalapu - BhaktiFest West
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Meditations to find inner peace and contentment

Ashok Nalamalapu has been meditating for seventeen years. He was trained at Vipassana Meditation Center in Chicago and by many spiritual leaders including Dr. Lama Willa Miller & Dr. Liz Monson Harvard Divinity School, Lama Samten, Lama John Markansky, , Venerable Kenmo Drolma and Swami Tyagananda. He was also trained in meditation by Diane Musho Hamilton, Krishna Iyer from Tej Gyan Foundation of india and Terry Fralich. He has graduated in a two year Margha Program studying with Dr. Lama Willa Miller. Margha program trains students thoroughly and deeply in a variety of meditative practices. He has guided meditation at Bhakti Fest, Lovelight Festival and Maine Yoga Fest. He has also guided meditation at universities and a prison. He enjoys his daily meditation. He founded Sadhana, a meditation center. He has published articles on meditation in the Portland Press Herald and in Inner Tappestry.

He has given talks at primary schools, universities, national festivals, national conferences and churches on various topics. He founded Swan Kirtan, in which he plays harmonium and leads devotional chanting (Kirtan). He has served as the Master of Ceremonies at Bhakti Fest of California, Boston Yoga Chant Fest, Omega Ecstatic Chant of New York, Denver Chant Fest and Devotion Fest.

In this session, he will cover different stages and benefits of meditation. You will learn and experience different techniques of meditation such as  calm-abiding, benefactor practice, anapana, vipassana, practice of compassion, and resting in a natural state.  He can be reached at