About Swami Kriyananda
Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) , a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.
In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community throughout the world. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe, Croatia, and Russia.
Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facilities where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, function both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.
An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his over 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.
A composer since 1964, Kriyananda has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."
Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works, have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 25 languages.
More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the official Swami Kriyananda website.