A 100-year-old church in Los Angeles will now propagate the Indian way of life and its spiritual teachings. This historic building is being taken up by the Art of Living Foundation to run its community service, including yoga, meditation, and knowledge programmes.
The new AOL centre, a registered national historic monument since 1987, was designed in a neo-classical style by architect Alfred Rosenheim. Its construction began in 1907 and opened to the public in 1910. At the time of construction, it was the largest church on the West Coast of USA and featured what was then the world's largest poured concrete dome.
In a press release on Tuesday, AOL said its leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will inaugurate the centre on Wednesday and the next day it will host a forum on corporate social responsibility called ''Business, Ethics and Spirituality'' with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, billionaire philanthropist John Paul DeJoria and professional skateboarder and MTV star Rob Dyrdek. The release added that more than 750 Los Angeles high school students are taking AOL's Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES).
The programme has helped thousands of high school students in New York, Chicago and Washington DC, turn away from gang violence, drugs and alcohol, and toward greater generosity and service, it said.