Anand Krishna has been a 2009 Ambassador since August of 2009, and in that time he has spoken to over 10,000 people about the work of the Council and the 2009 Parliament. An Indonesian national of Indian descent, Anand is an author, educator and spiritual leader seeking to explore and expand the role meditation plays in the world’s great faiths and religions. He has written over 110 books within last 10 years with more than half a million copies sold all over Indonesia.
As a 2009 Ambassador, Anand Krishna has actively promoted the Council and the 2009 Parliament through the use of the Ambassador toolkit resources in hosting Pre-Parliament events, writing and responding to blogs, facebook messages and forwading email blasts to oer 2,000 recipients. Through his Anand Ashram Foundation, Anand has organized an exuberant series of events in promotion of the Melbourne Parliament of Religions. The events took place in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali and included peace campaigns, interfaith harmony meetings and expositions. . Anand describes of his role as a 2009 Ambassador as being “a fulfillment of a dream.”
Anand Krishna has also published an opinion piece in the Jakarta Post, which is Indonesia’s largest English-language newspaper. The argument jumps right into the dilemmas posed by religious radicalism and terrorism and calls on the Melbourne Parliament of Religions to encourage real progress and interreligious harmony.