The Bhakti Center (New York, NY, USA)

The Bhakti Center is a self-described nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to self-transformation through the path of Bhakti-Yoga. Based on the teachings of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Bhakti Center has transformed over its ten years of existence from a Radha-Krishna temple and Gaudiya Vaisnava ashram to a bhakti-yoga center serving a diverse and rapidly growing audience.

Values

The teachings of bhakti-yoga teach that service to the Earth is service to Krishna. Many lilas occurred in the forest. Protection of cows – Govinda.

Practices

Reducing Waste – The Bhakti Center serves hundreds of meals each week through its ayurvedic cafe and prasadam. It transitioned to 100% biodegradable plates and utensils five years ago, and even encourages visitors to use their own re-fillable water bottles rather than plastic cups.

Ahimsa Sourcing – The Bhakti Center committed in 2015 to using only ahimsa milk for bhoga offered to the murtis of Sri Sri Radha-Muralidhara. In 2014, they piloted purchasing organic vegetables from Gita Nagari Farm in Pennsylvania and offering a vegetable and milk CSA to temple members. The Bhakti Center continues to be a distribution site for organic ahimsa milk from Gita Nagari. The Bhakti Center also grows some of their own flowers and herbs on a “green roof.”

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