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The Lotus-Heart is owned and operated by the Sri Chinmoy Centre which offers a variety of cultural and sporting activities, learn to meditate programmes and concerts. It offers a modern and holistic approach to self-development, introducing meditation and a dynamic lifestyle into our contemporary world.
True joy, peace and happiness can be achieved by embarking on a journey of inner discovery. Through meditation, music, poetry, art, health and wellbeing we hope to provide inspiration for all — to continue the discovery of joy, peace happiness and much, much more.
Venue for All Events
The Lotus-Heart at 363 St Asaph Street, Christchurch.
Registration for all Events
Admission is free but seating is limited and reservations are required.
To register please phone 377 1327, or use the contact form.
Make healthy choices.
Perfection will be yours.
~ Sri Chinmoy
Sunday 2 November, 2.00pm–4.00pm
Tea has many faces – it is a beverage, an art form, and even a spriritual path (dao). It is simplicity and a highly refined craft. Tea inspires poetry and comforts us. It touches people’s lives. In this tea tasting, you will be introduced to the various types of tea: flavour, culture and history. Presented by Jo Bind from
the Ya-Ya Teahouse.
Tuesday 4 November, 4.00pm–5.00pm
Enjoy an hour all about how to look after you and your family’s skin and body the natural way. Join Sjan from the herb farm and learn about the herb farm range of 100% natural skincare and health care products. . Also how the herb farm started from a hall way cupboard to being the international family owned and operated brand that it is today. Bring along any questions or queries you may have and get ready to try some gorgeous products. All attendees will receive a wee goody bag too.
Sunday 9 NOVEMBER, 2.00pm–4.00pm
By Max Aspinall, Nutritionist, HTMA and QRA Practitioner
This parallels the development of the human race. We began as part of the food chain, the chain of life that provided Planet Earth with it’s uniqueness. A truly bio-diverse paradise of evolution supporting all life equally. We are no longer part of the food chain. In defiance of the holistic facts of life we have developed technology for us to master it. Now our history of feeding ourselves is becoming stolen away from us in the race to accumulate numbers on a page. Planet Earth may have other priorities for life on this planet.
Sunday 16 NOVEMBER, 2.00-3.00pm
Katie Oliver decided that being middle-aged, overweight and unfit was not a fate she was ready to accept. She set about transforming herself, step by step, through running. Katie’s story is inspiring and she will share insights into the process that has brought joy and fulfilment into her life.
Friday 21 NOVEMBER, 5.30–6.30pm
A race is in many ways a microcosm of the human life, complete with highs, lows, victories and defeats. World class ultra-trail runner Vajin Armstrong has delved deep into his own inner landscape through training and racing, discovering a victory greater than winning – self-transcendence.
Friday 5 December, 5.00-6.30pm
We cannot choose our circumstances but we can choose our response to them. Those who come through challenging times often do so through return to a spiritual source of hope, faith and willpower. Survivor of seven heart surgeries, Shardul Dillicar shares his personal experiences with candour, humour and a unique insight into human life as a spiritual journey.
Sunday 14 December, 2.00-4.00pm
Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It has long been used to maintain health, treat aliments and has evolved as a viable, modern alternative. Presentation and herbal tea by naturopath and medical herbalist Valmai Becker of Phytofarm.
WORKSHOP Sunday 30 NOVEMBER, 3.30–5.00pm
With a view to offering creative activities that support daily meditation practice, this workshop will explore the symbiotic relationship enjoyed by meditation, music, song and sound – with the premise that music is the sacred signature of the Divine that dwells in every heart. Light refreshments will be served between the workshop and the concert.
Sunday 30 NOVEMBER, 5.30PM–6.30pm
Enjoy the soul-stirring melodies of prolific composer and spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, performed by his students. From the pure sounds of Bengali and English plainchant to dynamic musical arrangements. Music is next to meditation and these songs are open windows into the inner worlds of beauty and delight.
Sunday 7 December, 5.00pm–6.30pm
Bhajans are songs that invoke the power and presence of India’s colourful pantheon of cosmic God’s and Goddesses – each who represents a unique aspect of the supreme consciousness. Participation is welcomed through a traditional Kirtan (call and response).
The Lotus-Heart was first established on 13th February 1997 as a small café at 595 Colombo Street, Christchurch.
The Lotus-Heart is one of many vegetarian restaurants and cafes around the world independently owned and operated by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. These enterprises are inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s vision for a oneness world family founded upon peace and love, and we endeavour to create a microcosm of that vision here at The Lotus-Heart.
Many of the restaurants have names given individually by Sri Chinmoy, who gave us the name “The Lotus-Heart” in April 1997, in fact our logo is actually Sri Chinmoy’s original hand writing. When he visited New Zealand in 2002 Sri Chinmoy wrote a song for The Lotus-Heart, and he even visited our cafe in January 2003.
Over the years we gradually began to outgrow our premises at 595 Colombo Street, and opened a second location in Cathedral Square on 7 January 2008 in the historical original Chief Post Office building (built in 1879). We were blessed with a beautiful space upstairs overlooking the Cathedral.
On February 22nd 2011 both of our locations were busy and we are extremely grateful that no-one at either place was harmed during the earthquake. Sadly our café on Colombo Street was in a block of buildings that have now been demolished. We have many sweet and fond memories of the time we spent there and all the special friends we made over the years. Although the restaurant building in Cathedral Square is largely undamaged, the area remains inaccessible.
We were very fortunate to have some free space in the front of our Centre at 363 St Asaph Street, which has meditation spaces and offices in the back. While some of our staff members spent time overseas, the rest got to work to create a new Lotus-Heart. Our current location opened its doors with deep gratitude on 27th July 2011 as The Lotus-Heart Restaurant at 363 St Asaph Street.
It gives us the greatest joy to see all of dear friends and loyal customers from the café and the restaurant walking in the door of our new location. We feel very optimistic about the future. We are happy here and hope you will be too! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your time with us more enjoyable.
There shall come a time when this world of ours will be flooded with peace. Who is going to bring about this radical change? It will be you, you and your brothers and sisters. You and your oneness-heart will spread peace throughout the length and breadth of the world.