PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Shinnyo Center maintains a select group of on-going relationships with government, non-profit, and corporate organizations to provide on-site meditation programs and coaching on meditation practices.
The Center meditation guides have worked with a number of universities in New York, with several cultural and non-profit institutions, and with first-responder organizations. The Center assists the management and employees of the organization to sustain their own well-being and be strengthened in their own work and services to the community. An over-arching goal is to support those who support others and the well-being of the community at large.
Inquiries may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Shinnyo Center at 212-868-9838.
Meditation in the greenhouse at Riverbank State Park
The Shinnyo Center continues to partner with The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) in offering free meditation classes at the public greenhouse, located at Riverbank State Park. Making meditation accessible to the public is in alignment with the efforts of The Hort to provide education to students in public schools, horticultural therapy to inmates on Rikers Island and its greenhouse, supporting transitional employment for at-risk youth and ex-offenders, and cultivating beautiful gardens in low-income communities.
Supporting first responders: Teaching the NYPD to meditate
The Shinnyo Center is a neighborhood partner with the NYPD Mid-Town South precinct and its Community Affairs bureau and has been providing instruction in meditation techniques to both uniformed and civilian personnel in the NYPD’s Transit Bureau. In addition, the center is engaged in leading meditation instruction for the Crisis Intervention Team training in the NYPD’s academy.
CUNY / SUNY
The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being coordinates with a variety of campuses of the City University of New York and State University of New York in supporting wellness and health initiatives and periodically offers complimentary or discounted fees for CUNY and SUNY students and staff.
The Shinnyo Center and Tricycle Magazine co-sponsor events, including the six-part lecture and symposium series, “What’s Enough?”- which attracted world-class experts in secular and Buddhist meditation, psychiatrists, sports coaches, media personalities, and business leaders. The center has also participated in events like panel discussions and strives to be a thought contributor that advances the dialogue on themes of peace and the crossroads of Buddhism in society from a Shinnyo perspective.