Best Tree to Bliss Out Under (2008)


While India has its sacred Bodhi tree (where Buddha attained enlightenment), New York has its very own HARE KRISHNA TREE, an American elm so magnificent it inspired legions of Krishna converts to eat oversweetened food and beg in airports. On October 9, 1966, Hindu guru Swami Prabhupada and a group of hippie disciples—among them Allen Ginsberg—gathered under this tree in Tompkins Square Park to chant, chime cymbals, and dance, thereby launching the Hare Krishna spiritual movement. Still revered and chanted under, and often adorned in garlands of flowers, the tree is a groovy place to catch some shade.


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