On June 26, 2017 Radhanath Swami was invited to speak with Russell Simmons on the topic of compassion at the Tantris Center for Yogic Science on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The talk was hosted by Kumi Yogini, yoga instructor and owner of Veda Yoga studio in Culver City.

Russell Simmons is the Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications and cofounder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings. He is also an avid yoga practitioner and an advocate of  veganism and animal rights. He founded the Tantris Center to help bring the wisdom and practices of yoga to the mainstream. “The practice and elements of yoga create a happier and more enlightened person. I intend to help make trendy its true purpose, generate awareness of the full benefits of yogic science and continue to cultivate a mindful generation.”

You can watch a video recording of the evening above.

Photo’s by Suresh Krishna Das and Beate Sophia Scholz