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Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) is the founder of VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts in Vancouver, Canada. He is an award-winning author of numerous books on Vedic knowledge including his recent book: Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar, Ancient Wisdom for a New World now available in numerous languages including German and Italian. Armstrong is an ayurvedic astrologer, philosopher, practitioner and teacher of the Vedas for over 40 years with degrees in Psychology, History & Comparative Religions, and Literature. He also had a successful career as an executive in Silicon Valley and corporate speaker for Fortune 500 Companies before turning to teaching the Philosophy and Lifestyle of Yoga full time. www.JeffreyArmstrong.com … READ EXTENDED BIO

Keynote and Guest Speaker

Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi). As a dynamic guest speaker, Master of Ceremonies or speaking on his award-winning book, Jeffrey is a sought after guest on TV and talk radio. For 15 years, he was a corporate executive in Silicon Valley, and a speaker for Fortune 500 companies. He was written about regularly in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, LA times, India Times, Times of India, San Jose Mercury News, Discover Magazine, CNN, FOX TV, Stern and many others.

  •  Featured in “Planet Yoga” 2011 CBC Feature length documentary on Yoga
  • “Exploring the Unknown”, FOX TV show with Michael Shermer
  • Featured in three OHM TV Documentaries, Amsterdam Holland
  • Featured Speaker at the SEED Event Vancouver with Deepak Chopra and others.

 Jeffrey has spoken for…

NSA-The National Security Agency, Vancouver Terminal City Business Club, ATT, GSA-General Services Administration, Taj Krishna Hotel Executive Business Club, United Way of Santa Clara, Network General Corporation, Next Computing, Rotary, Chevron, Versatec, Camlin Ltd., to highlight a few. Additionally…

Universities:

  • West Chester College, Philadelphia
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford UK
  • Manchester University, Manchester, UK “Traditional at Heart, Modern in Outlook
  • De Montfort University, Leicester UK, “The Environment – Can We Save It”, “The Universal Values Existed Well Before the Current Religions – How Relevant are They Now”
  • Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK “A Comparison of Hinduism with Other World Religions”
  • Imperial College London, “The Hindu Epic Continues: You Are the New Heroes
  • Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University (RSM), Netherlands
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL “The Universal Significance of Diwali”
  • Washington University, St. Louis, IL,
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India, “Modern India – Ancient Wisdom”
  • Simhagad Technical Education Society, Pune, “World Vedic Heritage”
  • Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund, “Why go back to Vedic Roots?”
  • St. Anne’s College, Hyderabad
  • B.N.M Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune
  • M. L. Dahanukar College of Commerce, Mumbai
  • Sinhagad Technical Education Society, Mumbai
  • K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, , Mumbai
    • K. J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti, Peetham, Mumbai University, (Dept. of Sanskrit) “The Relevance of the Bhagavadgita for Modern Lives”
    • K.J. Somaiya Polytechnic
    • K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering
    • K.J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Vedanta Life Institute, Mumbai
  • University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  • Nerul College of Arts, Mumbai
  • Deccan College Est. 1869, Pune

Business Clubs, Institutes and Corporations:

  • Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad, Executive Business Club, “Traditional at Heart – Modern in Outlook”
  • MET Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • Camlin Ltd, Mumbai, “New Spirit of Management Practices in Western Corporations & Its Relevance to India.”
  • Institute of Management Studies and Research, Vidyavihar, Mumbai
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
  • The Nehru Center, Cultural Wing of the High Commission of India, London, UK
  • Rotary Clubs, Vancouver, BC
  • Terminal City Business Club Vancouver, BC

Conferences:

  • The Seed Event Vancouver Oct 2012  Deepak Chopra & guests  http://www.seedevent.org
  • “Forbidden Archeology/Reexamining Our Origins with Michael Cremo, Miceal Ledwith, Jeffrey Armstrong”, Richmond BC.
  • Be The Change Earth Alliance, Vancouver BC “Sustainability”
  • Human Empowerment Conference, Dallas, TX, “The Future Direction of Hindu Dharma,” Session Chair on Media & Communication
  • Third Annual Human Empowerment Conference, Houston, Texas
  • Human Empowerment Conference Los Angeles, CA
  • Vishwa Sangh Shibir 2006 (Ahmedabad, Gujarat India)
  • Ayurvedic Institute of Europe
  • NAMA – N. American Ayurvedic Medical Conference Florida
  • Hindu Collective Initiative of North America Conference, Orlando, FL “Strategic Thinking in the Revival of Modern Hindu Dharma,” Session Chair on Media & Communication
  • Hindu Academic Conference, Birmingham, UK,
  • “Global Hinduism in the New Millennium Conference” Sponsored by the VFA Delhi, India
  • VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts Vedic Annual Summer Retreats 2008-2012

 WAVES Conferences, International Locations

  • WAVES: “India’s Contributions and Influences in the World”, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (MA) July 12-14, 2002
  • WAVES: Conference Pondicherry 2003
  • WAVES: “India’s Intellectual Traditions in Contemporary Global Context”, July 9– 11, 2004, University of MD, Washington, DC
  • WAVES: “Vedic Ideas for Global Harmony and Peace in the Modern Context”, July 8-10, 2006, University of Houston, Texas
  • WAVES: “Vedic heritage for Global Welfare of Next Generation”, June 27-29, 2008, Orlando, FL
  • WAVES: “Vedic Knowledge for Civilizational Harmony”, August 4-7, 2010, Trinidad, West Indies
  • WAVES: “Varna Jati and Kula – A Conference on India’s Caste System”, July 29-31, Piscataway, NJ

Yoga Ashrams and Conferences

  • Patanjali Yogpeeth Ashram, Haridwar, India. Guest of Ramdev featured in the documentary “Planet Yoga”
  • Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India. Guest of H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji featured in the documentary “Planet Yoga”
  • Sivanada Yoga Ashram Paradise Island 2012 & 2013
  • Sivanada Yoga Ashram Grass Valley, CA
  • Chinmaya Mission, Thane, “Relevance of the Bhagavad-Gita In the Modern World”,
  • Ongoing Yoga Centers in Canada, USA, India and Brazil (too many to list)

Temples

  •  Mandir Executive Conference, Edison NJ “Bringing Knowledge of Hindu Dharma to Temples Through World-Class Speakers”
  • BAPS: Guest Speaker at Swami Narayan Organizations in Houston, London, Toronto, Chicago, Akshardham, New Delhi.
  • Tilak Mandir Vile Parle, “How the Sanatana Dharma of Bharata is Growing in the World”
  • ISCKON Temples: Guest speaker London, USA, India
  • Balaji Birmingham Temple, Birmingham UK
  • Arya Samaj, Houston and World Conference in Richmond, BC

 Youth Conferences

  • National Hindu Students Forum Dynamic Spirit Conference, London, UK, “Modern Hindu Dharma & the Return of the Epic Hero,” “The Art of Choosing A Marriage Partner,” “Environmentalism & Hindu Dharma,” “Consumerism & the Modern Hindu Lifestyle”
  • Dharma Summit 2005, Rutgers University New Jersey
  • The Southeast Regional Hindu Youth Association
  • The Dharma Conference, New York 2003
  • The Northeast Regional Hindu Youth Association, Chicago IL 2004
  • The National Hindu Youth Association
  • HSC Camp Raleigh NC, “Hindu Dharma for Future Hindu Leaders”
  • HSC Conference New Jersey, “Leadership Goals for the Hindu Students Council”

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