Meditation Class Givers
Begabati Lennihan, RN, CCH (Certified Classical Homeopath) has been meditating under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy since 1973, when she first met him as a senior at Harvard. Begabati grew up planning to become a doctor like her father, but she developed a pioneering interest in natural healing in the early 70s and upon graduation opened a health food store instead. For many years she ran her health food store, first in Boston and then in Cambridge, as a much-loved community gathering place and a venue for her meditation classes.
More recently she has opened a practice as a homeopath and natural health consultant (GreenHealing), now located at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicinenear Fresh Pond in Cambridge. Begabati has written several books about natural healing (Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Common Ailments and A Healer In Every Home: Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats), under her middle name, Burke.
She offers free meditation classes for the Harvard community through Harvard’s Center for Wellness (listed as “Calm Your Mind, Open Your Heart” on the HCW calendar). Inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s promotion of marathon running as a metaphor for the spiritual journey, she has completed 50 marathons, ultramarathons and triathlons.
This sign for Begabati’s health food store hung over the brick sidewalks of Charles Street on Beacon Hill (1977-1987). The store later moved to West Cambridge (1988-1992).
Ganapati J. Coleman, Ph.D. became a student of Sri Chinmoy in 1974 and joined the Boston Sri Chinmoy Centre while studying Electrical Engineering at Harvard in the mid-70s. He then transferred to the Providence (RI) Sri Chinmoy Centre while earning his masters and doctorate at Brown University in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering respectively. Born in Africa (Monrovia, Liberia), Ganapati has maintained an ongoing interest in Centre projects there since the running of the first World Harmony Run (then the Peace Run) in 1987. Ganapati recently moved back to Boston in 2008 and is now teaching classes for the Boston Centre.
Members of the Boston Sri Chinmoy Centre are also involved with humanitarian activities, like collecting gifts for Mother Theresa’s Sisters of Charity to give to homeless children at Christmastime.