Shinnyo Feature Film – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Thursday, February 22

This film explores the process by which Shinjo Ito, a co-founder of Shinnyo Buddhism, sculpted his greatest milestone: a 16-foot reclining image of the Buddha.            

In Shinjo Ito’s own words: “What I seek to create is not just the physical form of a Buddha figure. My purpose for sculpting them is to inspire and motivate everyone to find the enlightened (Buddha) nature within their own selves and grow spiritually.”

Shinjo Ito (1906-1989), founder of the Shinnyo-en stream of Buddhism, was one of Japan’s most versatile Buddhist sculptors and an accomplished artist in fields as diverse as calligraphy and photography. Throughout his life he created countless artworks as a way of giving form to his deeply held faith-in 1957 producing probably his greatest milestone, the Great Parinirvana Image: a 16-foot long statue of Buddha Shakyamuni about to enter nirvana.


February 22, 2018 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!



February 24, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!



Jazz Meditation

Friday, February 23 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Music is often used as a background for meditation, yoga, and massage. Our Jazz Meditation series places music as the center of the meditative experience. Each session is structured by an experienced Shinnyo Meditation guide, whose clear, spoken instructions allow your body to relax and your mind to enter a state of restful awareness. Jazz Meditation allows you to enjoy a live music performance while practicing meditation.

“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being … When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups … I want to speak to their souls.” —John Coltrane


February 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Jazz Meditation

$15 admission



Matcha Meditation

Friday, March 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Matcha Meditation” is a one-hour urban retreat where attendees will view mindfulness-in-motion by observing a Japanese tea ceremony unfold before them. A guided meditation session will follow, integrating parts of the tea ceremony, including enjoying delicious matcha and a traditional Japanese sweet served during the meditation. Matcha is a delicious green tea beverage made by grinding tea leaves into a fine powder rather than steeping them. It was first developed as a meditation aid by Buddhist monks, who valued the tea’s exceptional ability to stir a calm alertness and sensory awareness within the drinker. Through “The Way Of Tea” we seek the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Within the movements, utensils, and surroundings used in the preparation of matcha tea, there lie over several hundred years of knowledge, wisdom, history and culture.

Weaving contemplative moments into the daily ritual of a meal can be a powerful practice to enhance everyday life. By blending two traditions of meditation and matcha, this gathering aims to serve as an alternative to both the fast food society and quick-pace of life that is a staple of city living.

Please NOTE: Due to the intimate atmosphere required for this event, seating is limited to 30 people per session. Registration is recommended.


March 9, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Matcha Meditation

$20 entry



Meditation in the Greenhouse

Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 - 3:00 pm

Come join us at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park Greenhouse for a free Shinnyo Guided Meditation session on Saturday Jan 20 (2:30- 3pm).  Park Entrance: West 145th Street & Riverside Drive OR 138th Street & Riverside Drive, NYC

March 10, 2018, 2:30 - 3:00 pm - Meditation in the Greenhouse

Free admission!