About Us

Garden of Samadhi (Samadhi Nandanavana) was set up in 2012 on His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s  wishes to establish a contemplative practice and research facility in Bangalore to engage in long term contemplative practice and research into the nature and potentials of human mind through cross institutional collaboration and reaching out to various segments of society.

We propose to set up state of art meditation centers, for providing practical applications of various kinds of meditations in fields of education, mental and physical health, business and athletics. This also intends to carry out research and discoveries about the complete method to understand mind and consciousness and to study the effect of meditation integrating the methods of science with contemplative inquiry. In a holistic way contribute to the spiritual revival of human kind throughout the world.

In line with one of the objectives of Garden of Samadhi of cross institutional work we have through a memorandum of understanding with Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore commenced operations of our outreach programs nestled out of there. Srishti’s association with Garden of Samadhi is with a view to foster and build a centre for mindfulness at Srishti and they have agreed to work with Samadhi in a collaborative manner to help set up this centre. 

Team

B Alan Wallace
Adviser
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.
Dr Geetha Narayanan
Adviser
Dr Geetha Narayanan is an educator with over four decades of experience as a teacher, an educator, a curriculum and instruction designer. Dr. Geetha Narayanan started her career as a school teacher in 1971 and formed Ujwal Trust with 5 other women and INR 1000 in 1982, with which she started the Mallya Aditi International School and later on in 1996 founded Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. She dons the hat of the founder and director of both these institutions today. She has dedicated her life to finding and establishing new models of educational institutions with a vision of learning rather than schooling. These educational models are creative, synergistic, are beyond dualities of art-science, mind-body or even east-west and have a holistic approach towards learning. She is also the author and principal investigator of Project Vision, an international research initiative that is trying to develop instructional strategies and technology-related tools that foster creative cognitive architectures in young children from urban poor communities. At all times a catalyst Dr.Narayanan has tried over the years to evolve paradigms of learning that integrate the mind, body and consciousness and in the last few years has worked at creating collaborative pedagogical frameworks for the teaching of mathematics, science and languages within the Indian educational system at the informal and formal levels of schooling. Dr Narayanan is currently Founder Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology; Principal Investigator of Project Vision, a Director’s Fellow at the Media Lab, MIT, USA and a visiting faculty at the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education USA.
Dr Alok Sarin
Executive Member
Dr. Alok Sarin, M.B.B.S, & M.D. (Psychiatry), is a practicing clinical psychiatrist in New Delhi, with an active interest in medicine, psychiatry, ethics, society, history and literature. He has been in active clinical practice since 1985, and is currently attached as an Honorary consultant to the Sitaram Bhartia Institute, New Delhi. He has been active in various Non Governmental Organisations including the Richmond Fellowship Society and the Chittaprakasha Charitable Trust. He is the founder and moderator of the psychiatry mailing list, Indian_Psychiatry@yahoogroups.com, the first e-community for Indian psychiatrists. He has been the recipient of the Senior Fellowship by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, for research on the mental health aspects of history. He is presently working on a project in continuation of this, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He is the conceptualiser of the Canvas Askew, a public forum for addressal of mental health and illness issues. This is a series of talks and discussions on various aspects of psychiatry that is now in its fifth year, and has become a popular platform for public debate on mental health. He is presently a member of the Task Force on Mental Health Policy set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Dipankar Khanna
Executive Member
Dipnkar has over 30 years experience in developing training modules and facilitating programs in the areas of Mind Development, Creative Visualization, learning pedagogies, semantics, behavioral processes, leadership, self development, change management and coaching. First steps into contemplation and mind began in 1986 at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai wherehe he was part of the team that set up the Museum of Classical yoga and developed the yoga syllabus for Navodaya Vidyalaya Schools across India. In 1989 he was encouraged by H.H. The Dalai Lama to study Buddhism. In 1990 He became a monk at the Palpung-Sherabling Monastic Seat under the tutelage of The 12th Kenting Tai Situpa. Later in 2005 he incubated the Leadership and Behavioral (LaB) Process Practice for QAI Global Institute. In 2014 he produced the feature documentary Mount of Excellence on the Palpung Monastic Seat. Dipankar is part of the Wellness and Education Research & Training groups at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology. As a photo-journalist he has authored scores of articles on Self Development, Yoga, Health, Metaphysics and Spirituality, and Human Rights and is the author of “Mind Warriors – Winning Strategies with NLP” which is published by Penguin.
Anju Ahuja
Anju Ahuja brings over 30 years of multi-faceted experience having worked extensively with start-ups & SME's, as well as with large institutions, in the areas of management consulting, finance, information systems governance, manufacturing industry, after school enrichment education, communication and change management. Her key strengths are integration of business and educational frameworks with best practices & standards, tools & frameworks, to assist organizations in optimizing outcomes, combining people, strategy, operations, process and technology. She holds a professional degree in finance, and Advanced Management Program from the IIM Bangalore, with ESADE University,. She is a Certified NLP Trainer from UK. Anju leverages her expertise in NLP, coaching, appreciative inquiry, people development, project and change management techniques, for designing and rolling out holistic approaches, strategies and solutions, training and educational programs for operational and process excellence
Navyug Mohnot
Executive Member
Navyug Mohnot is an engineer by training ( IIT Delhi), and then went on to spend the next two years for a Masters in USA studying micro economics ( University of Rochester) . He returned to India excited to evangelise the concepts of process improvement, quality and operational excellence. This passion manifested in the setting up of the Indian arm of QAI Global Services, a highly respected US consulting organisation. Eventually the Indian arm of QAI went on to acquire QAI in USA and set up operations in several countries. Navyug has been awarded the IIT Alumni Award for “Outstanding Contribution to National Development”. In a survey by Dataquest, the leading IT trade press publication, he was recognized as 1 of the 50 leaders who have shaped and are shaping the Indian IT industry. Navyug has spoken at various conferences around the world and he is a TiE Charter Member, a mentor on the NASSCOM Emerge Forum and on the editorial advisory board of India for India's first journal on consulting titled “Consulting Ahead.” He has been a judge on IBM’s “Great Minds Challenge” and holds the distinction of being appointed as a honorary visiting professor to College of Computing and Communication Engineering (CCCE) of The Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS). Navyug Mohnot is an ardent believer in power of the thought. He has been a TedX speaker where he spoke on “ Embracing Contradictions, Manifesting Desires”. He is a keen photographer, having won several awards during college days, and has been a mere hobbyist since. Leo, his labrador Dog, has taught him more about living the spiritual life than all his voracious reading probably has. He is married to Seema and has a daughter and an son, all of whom live in Delhi
Annie Sinha
Executive Member
Annie Sinha comes with over 24 years of experience in the Educational and Development domains particularly in areas of Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rural and Urban Development, Gender / Women’s Development, Health, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Skill Development & Livelihoods, Disability / Social Welfare, Energy and Education. She has filled in various roles in the above domains with International Organizations like the World Bank, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several Corporate entities. Her hands-on involvement in these developmental and educational projects has been in various capacities such as Community Engagement Specialist, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Social Development Specialist, Project Coordinator and Project Manager. She is also a Governing Body Member of Grassroots, India - a leading hill development NGO based in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Carl Lindquist
Carl Lindquist is a faculty member at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. He facilitates courses ranging from art and art history, heritage studies, writing, and research. These courses are informed by his longstanding participation in international education and travel, and by his formal studies in philosophy and religion. He has a strong professional background in arts in health care, having worked for many years as Director and Assistant Director of Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), the nation’s largest non-museum public arts program within a single architectural facility. At UIHC, he selected and purchased works of original art that bring solace and healing to patients, families, and visitors, and he coordinated performing arts events that engaged and consoled this same audience. During his time at UIHC, he expanded the art collection to include original works created by international masters from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Carl has practiced meditation for years, and his formal studies include vipassana, pranayama, Native American traditions, and tai chi. A chronic sufferer of cluster headaches, he has particular interest in ways meditation promotes wellness. He participates in and helps coordinate Garden of Samadhi programming, including helping to maintain social media.
Ravi Verma
Secretary
Shrigyan Atisha Dipankar(Ravi Verma) comes from Bihar in India, the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Verma has pursued a form of Buddhism that is called Buddhayana or the Vehicle of the Buddha. His teachings combine the tenets from the three major strands of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. He remains focused on the truth of suffering and elimination of suffering. For Verma the most effective to learn Buddhism is by reading the ideas in the book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Ethics for the New Millennium. Ravi Verma has the honor of translating this book into Hindi. He is also a documentary film maker. His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed his documentary film on the Heart Sutra Journey of the Heart by appearing in it.