The mission of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, founded in 1961 by Eknath Easwaran, is to teach his eight-point program of passage meditation to enable ordinary people to translate their highest ideals into daily living within the context of any religious tradition or none.
With a small staff at the BMCM headquarters in Northern California, Nilgiri Press publishes Easwaran’s books, as well as audio and video recordings of his talks.
Easwaran’s first book, Gandhi the Man, was published in 1972, followed by the classic vegetarian cookbook inspired by Easwaran and written by his students, Laurel’s Kitchen. His classic book Meditation, now titled Passage Meditation, has sold 195,000 copies to date. His Classics of Indian Spirituality – The Bhagavad Gita, The Dhammapada, and The Upanishads – are all bestsellers in their field.