The Impact of Sound – An open discussion with GPIW

Join the discussion on how heard and unheard sounds affect our wellbeing & the wellbeing of the Earth.  All physical entities emit vibrations, and these vibrations translate into sounds – some harmonious, healing and uplifting, some dissonant and disruptive. How can we tune into the higher vibrations that foster wellbeing and happiness. Join the conversation with Qi Gong Master Nan Lu, doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, Katherine Hamer, a certified Singing Bowl teacher, practitioner and artist, Chiaki Yasue, Director of The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being, and Daniel Abreau listener to whale and dolphin songs.

The Global Peace Initiative of Women, or GPIW, fuses the Universal Essence of the World’s Spiritual & Faith Traditions and the Voice and Wisdom of the Feminine Model to advance the global work for World Peace and Social Transformation.

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September 20, 2018, 5:00 to 8:00 pm - 5 to 8pm – The Impact of Sound

Free admission!


Be a Light for Peace – FILM

“Be a Light for Peace,” was the theme of the NYC Lantern Floating when Shinnyo-en invited people to honor peacemakers and dedicate their lanterns with wishes for peace. Lantern Floating is a symbolic tradition, in which participants float lanterns on water to honor those who have passed away and represents the interconnection of the past, the present and the future. It also carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world. The ceremony was designed to inspire a collective awakening for peace and compassion and to celebrate the harmony in the diversity of New York City.

January Film Times: Thursdays @ 6:00 and Saturdays @ 1:15

30 minutes

January 31, 2019 - Thursday 6pm Viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!


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January 26, 2019 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!


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Letting Your Inner Light Shine Through – FILM

The University of Southern California (USC) recently welcomed Her Holiness Shinso Ito during her visit to USC. On Sunday, 10/22/17, Shinso Ito addressed an audience of 1,200 people in the USC Bovard Auditorium on the topic of “Letting Your Inner Light Shine Through.” This film captures that lecture.

Ito used the occasion to reflect on the Shinnyo Buddhist perspective on being a vehicle for awakening others’ inner light. Her talk described the Shinnyo-en founder, Shinjo Ito’s, determination to find and share the ways that others can overcome their suffering and sadness and find peace, healing, and happiness.

Film times:  Thursdays – 6:00, Saturdays – 1:15

60 minutes



December 22, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 Viewing – Letting Your Inner Light Shine Through

Free admission!


December 20, 2018 - Thursday 6pm Viewing – Letting Your Inner Light Shine Through

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – The Transmission of Shinnyo

A 26-minute exploration of the history of Shinnyo Buddhim and the concept of “Shinnyo”.

July 26, 2018 - Thursday 6pm viewing – The Transmission of Shinnyo

Free admission!


- Saturday 1:15pm Viewing – The Transmission of Shinnyo

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – The Awakening Fire

With so much struggle in the world, how do we affect change? “The Awakening Fire” is a documentary film on the traditional Shinnyo fire ceremony meant to be a Buddhist Prayer for Peace.

June 30, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – The Awakening Fire

Free admission!


June 28, 2018 - Thursday 6pm Viewing – The Awakening Fire

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

Every year on Memorial Day, something truly beautiful takes place in Hawaii. At sunset, thousands of paper lanterns are released into the ocean in memory of loved ones who have passed. “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky” is a documentary that explores this annual ritual of Lantern Floating. Both as an instrument in helping people deal with death and as a unique experience, it draws a diverse crowd of people together in the name of Peace.

May 31, 2018 - Thursday 6pm viewing – Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

Free admission!


May 19, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – Little Buddha

The Shinnyo Feature Film for April is Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha” and tells the story of a young Seattle boy who may, or may not, be the reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist teacher.

In the film, the Lama Norbu relates Buddha’s life story from a book entitled “Little Buddha,” which is also enacted as a story within the movie. In the story, a Hindu prince called Siddhartha sets on a journey to achieve his goal. Mara, a jealous demon, senses that Siddhartha (Keanu Reeves) is about to attain enlightenment and sends an onslaught of temptations to distract him but Siddhartha remains unmoved, unperturbed.



April 28, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – Little Buddha

Free admission!


April 26, 2018 - Thursday 6pm viewing – Little Buddha

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – Moto Na Maji

November’s feature film Moto Na Maji (Kenyan for Fire and Water) is a documentary on The Shinnyo Fire and Water Ceremony held in Kenya in gratitude to the earth and all living beings.                                                        

Shinnyo-en’s head priest, Shinso Ito, wanted to celebrate the Fire and Water Ritual in Africa as an emblem of the harmony of humankind. So on that clear, cool March evening and the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the symbolic and perhaps historical place of origin for all humanity, the participants gathered with no other purpose than to express gratitude for and to all life and to celebrate the home, and the harmony, of the human soul.


November 29, 2018 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – Moto Na Maji

Free admission!


November 17, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – Moto Na Maji

Free admission!


Shinnyo Feature Film – The Vision and Craft of Shinjo Ito

This film explores the process by which Shinjo Ito, 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 16, 2019 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!


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February 14, 2019 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

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Shinnyo Feature Film – The Buddha

Shinnyo Feature Film This months feature film is The Buddha. A four part series by Emmy award winner David Grubin tells the story of the Indian Sage who attained enlightenment as he sat beneath a fig tree two and a half millennia ago. 

Part 1 Thursday Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm and Saturday Jan 6 @ 1:15 pm

Part 2 Thursday Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm and Saturday Jan 13 @ 1:15 pm

Part 3Thursday Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm and Saturday Jan 20 @ 1:45 pm (new time)

Part 4 – Thursday Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm and Saturday Jan 27 @ 1:15 pm

Each part of the film is 30 minutes.

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary tells the story of his life.

January 26, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – The Buddha, Part 4

Free admission!


January 25, 2018 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – The Buddha, Part 4

Free admission!


Meditation in the Greenhouse

Come join us at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park Greenhouse for a free Shinnyo Guided Meditation session on Saturday, December 15 (2:30pm – 3:00pm).  Park Entrance: West 145th Street & Riverside Drive OR 138th Street & Riverside Drive, NYC.

December 15, 2018, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Meditation in the Greenhouse

Free admission!


Garment District Art Festival

The Garment District Art Festival is an annual event bringing the neighborhood together each year with the goal of showcasing international and local visual and performance artists. The Shinnyo Center is happy to be participating for its fourth year and grateful to be featuring our very own center member’s artwork. Varying mediums such as Water Color, Lithograph and Oil paints will be displayed from Thursday October 18 through Saturday October 20. The Shinnyo Center is also happy to be offering our unique meditation and performance art event Jazz Meditation during the festival on Friday October 19 with a meet and greet with the artists beforehand.




October 18, 2018 - Garment District Art Festival 10/18 to 10/20



meditation4workA focused mind at work is essential in achieving your best performance and leading endeavors to success. Focus is about “directing” our mental energy, and meditation can be instrumental in this process. With a focused mind, projects, programs and business relationships that are given well-directed mental energy will naturally flourish. In our “Meditation4Work” session, you will learn simple meditation practices to strengthen a focused mind and how it can help improve your work performance—as well as other areas of your life. The session will include a short introduction on the benefits of a focused mind at work, a brief meditation practice, and an opportunity for discussion.


September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Meditation4Work

Cultivating a Focused Mind


Motion and Awareness

motion_and_awarenessExperience seated, standing and gently moving meditations in this Motion & Awareness workshop for mindfulness and well-being. Expert exercise physiologist and Shinnyo meditation guide Scott Aronin will address movement quality and posture, giving you tips to move more freely, gracefully and with less chance of pain in daily life.

In addition, learn powerful, traditional moving meditations as well as ways to turn typical, everyday movements, such as walking, into deep experiences of mindfulness and relaxation. 

The movements will be gentle and can be easily individualized, so no particular fitness level is necessary. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

July 30, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


September 17, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



seeMeRenowned photographer Alex Fradkin became an Artist in Residence for the Reciprocity Foundation—an award-winning homeless youth organization based in New York City, and a community partner of The Shinnyo Center. SEE ME is the result of Fradkin’s two-year residency, during which he captured the stories of LGBT homeless youth as they transition from shelters into a life of work, college, healing and leadership. SEE ME celebrates the tenacity, hope, creativity and inner strength that are so rarely seen by New York City’s homeless youth.

To RSVP to the book launch party, please contact You can also contact The Shinnyo Center at, or call 212-868-9838 for more information.

April 14, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - “SEE ME: THE BOOK” RECEPTION


Satisfaction: Me, Myself and Everyone Else?

This second workshop in our SATISFACTION series focuses on relationships – at home, work, with your family and friends, and in your community. It is often through our interactions with others that we come to know ourselves more deeply. Finding satisfaction in ourselves and in our relationships may be an ongoing endeavor – but exploring these relationships and the space “in between” us can be profoundly beneficial.

This workshop will include a guided meditation as well as instruction designed to promote awareness of our individual paths forward in a crowded, hyper-connected world.

Meditation guide, Qalvy Grainzvolt, has more than 25 years of meditative practice, and has taught meditation for more than a decade including at the university level. He has completed Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, which is a research-based program that helps individuals compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

February 12, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Calm and Awareness in a Multiple-choice World

iStock_000016031582_Large_EditJoin this two-part meditation workshop designed to help you support your resolutions for a healthier and happier 2016. Through a series of discussions and of guided and movement-based meditations, you will gain insights for:


  • Cultivating presence and focus
  • Achieving calm and relaxation
  • Increasing health and well-being
  • Living the best version of yourself

January 16, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM - Cultivating Considerate Response


Part Two will emphasize ways to cultivate considerate responses to daily challenges and to strengthen your reserves of vitality, optimism, resolve, and resilience

January 9, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM - Part One: Cultivating a Deep Presence


Part One will emphasize ways to increase a calm and considerate awareness of the mind and body. Cultivating a deep, aware observance of oneself and situations relieves stress and reduces thoughtless reaction.

Mehmet Polat Trio

Mehmet Polat Trio1The Shinnyo Center is excited to welcome the critically acclaimed Mehmet Polat Trio to the United States for a special transatlantic session of our ongoing Jazz Meditation series.

Mehmet will accompany meditation teacher Qalvy Grainzvolt to lead the audience in a short, music-infused meditation before the Trio’s performance.

“In his elaborate compositions Mehmet Polat combines Anatolian, Middle Eastern music styles with African patterns. Masterfully he fuses the full range and capacity of ney, kora and ud together with their cultures and beyond.” – Jazz n More Magazine, CH

January 15, 2016, 7:00 PM


Matcha Meditation

“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.


April 20, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Matcha Meditation

$25 admission


October 6, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


April 29, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Matcha Meditation


July 31, 2015, 7:00 PM

Qalvy Grainzvolt - Meditation Guide


June 13, 2015, 2:30 PM

Qalvy Grainzvolt - Meditation Guide


March 31, 2015, 7:00 PM

Featuring Qalvy Grainzvolt - Meditation Guide


March 17, 2015, 7:00 PM

Featuring Qalvy Grainzvolt - Meditation Guide


March 3, 2015, 7:00 PM


Jazz Meditation

Our being resonates with the sound of music, feeling the vibration of a live performance. This experience brings our awareness to the present moment. It wakens something inside of us and helps to set our lives into a more natural rhythm.

Jazz as an art form is based on being completely focused in the present moment. Being aware of our surroundings and harmonizing with the other musicians and an audience. The Shinnyo Center Jazz Meditation sessions will explore this concept with the musicians playing off the words of the meditation guide who in turn reflects the musicians.


October 19, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Jazz Meditation

$20 admission


September 25, 2015, 7:00 PM


July 23, 2015, 7:00 PM


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June 11, 2015, 7:00


May 29, 2015, 7:00


May 7, 2015, 7:00 - FREE ADMISSION


April 23, 2015, 7:00


April 10, 2015, 7:00


March 26, 2015, 7:00 PM

Featuring Eitaro Hayashi - Meditation Guide, Arlen Hart - Keyboards, Nick Gianni - Saxophone


March 12, 2015, 7:00 PM

Featuring Eitaro Hayashi - Meditation Guide, Arlen Hart - Keyboards, Nick Gianni - Saxophone


February 26, 2015, 7:00 PM

Featuring Eitaro Hayashi - Meditation Guide, Arlen Hart - Keyboards, Nick Gianni - Saxophone


Walking Meditation at Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

The Shinnyo Center’s popular walking meditation will be offered as a part of the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace celebration. Join us at 2:15 p.m. at the Illumination Lawn in Hearst Plaza for a contemplative walk around the beautiful Milstein Pool.

September 20, 2015, 2:15 p.m.


Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace (Free / Open to Public)

lantern-floatingYou are invited to join us at the Paul Millstein Reflecting Pool in Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center to celebrate the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace. This special occasion occurs one day before the International Day of Peace, when New Yorkers and visitors from around the world take part in a collective quest for peace through lantern floating, live music, and cultural performances at one of the most iconic settings in New York City.

To learn more about Shinnyo Lantern Floating, please visit

September 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace


Walking Meditation – Bryant Park

walking_meditationThis summer, The Shinnyo Center and Bryant Park are pleased to offer free walking meditations, every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., beginning May 4th.

All are welcome to participate – and there are no special skills, attire or chanting required! The starting point of the walking mediation is the Upper Terrace gravel (across from the Bryant Park Cafe). After a brief introduction, the 30-minute meditation will consist of a slow and mindful turn around Bryant Park.

Start your workday with calm and focus, and join us on Wednesdays in Bryant Park. You can find more information at and on our Facebook page.

September 28, 2016, 8:30 AM


September 21, 2016, 8:30 AM


September 14, 2016, 8:30 AM


September 7, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 31, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 24, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 17, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 10, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 3, 2016, 8:30 AM


July 20, 2016, 8:30 AM


June 29, 2016, 8:30 AM


June 22, 2016, 8:30 AM


June 15, 2016, 8:30 AM


June 8, 2016, 8:30 AM


June 1, 2016, 8:30 AM


May 25, 2016, 8:30 AM


August 10, 2015, 12:30 PM


Lantern Building Workshop (Free / Open to Public)

Come learn about the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace and take part in our lantern building workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 15, here at The Shinnyo Center. Drop in at any time and join us in building paper lanterns in preparation for the event on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center. All are welcome.

Lantern Building Workshop will take place on:
Tuesday, September 15 from 1-8 pm
at The Shinnyo Center, with Peace-themed meditations at 5:45 and 7:00.

Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace will take place on:
Sunday, September 20 from 1-9 pm
Milstein Reflecting Pool
Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center

To learn more about Shinnyo Lantern Floating, please visit

September 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Satisfaction: Impulse, Nutrition and Mindfulness

A part of our original wellness series, “Satisfaction” workshops aim to explore how meditative practices can enhance everyday life.  Craving and desire are motivating factors that stem from a surprising variety of sources.  Being present and focused within ourselves as we navigate a world of choices can help us achieve balance not only in our diets, but in our overall well-being.  Satisfaction is a multi-faceted experience and the daily ritual of eating, food choices, impulse, and self-awareness are all interconnected.  This workshop will conclude with a tasting meditation using organic foods.

June 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$25 admission


May 30, 2015 - Satisfaction: Impulse, Nutrition and Mindfulness


Meditation for Stress Reduction

IMG_2536Join Shinnyo Meditation guide Scott Aronin for a workshop where you will learn meditation techniques that will help reduce stress in your life. Our Meditation for Stress Reduction workshop includes a few short practices along with discussion about how you can begin to integrate meditation into your overall health and fitness training.

Scott has been helping people become fitter, healthier and happier for more than two decades. His path of learning in health and wellness has included being a personal trainer, earning Master’s degrees from Colombia University in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, and becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.


January 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


February 20, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


June 27, 2015, 2:30 PM


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May 16, 2015


April 18, 2015, 2:30 PM


March 21, 2015, 3:00 PM

Featuring Scott Aronin - Meditation Guide


March 21, 2015, 11:00 AM

Featuring Scott Aronin - Meditation Guide


What’s Enough?

An Exploration of Mindful Life Choices 
Co-sponsored by The Shinnyo Center for Mediation and Well-being and Tricycle Magazine

For some years, we have lived in a rich, robust society that offers enormous opportunities – for experience, achievement, and self-exploration. We routinely celebrate a “24/7/365” expectation for our work, while we also explore every possible regimen for “human optimization” of our health, exercise, diet, relationships, and social commitments.

Yet in the past few years, a number of leading scientists, philosophers, public policy advocates, and teachers have begun actively to grapple with concepts, not of having it All, but of having Enough of all the right ingredients of our lives.

Tricycle Magazine and The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being are co-sponsors of an on-going series of lectures and panel discussions on the topic of “What’s Enough?”  We are inviting many of the leading thinkers about this topic from around the world to offer their personal stories, their reflections, and their counsel – their own perspectives on the questions of “What are we really striving for, and how much of it do we really need?”

Videos of some past events are now available for rent here.

April 16, 2015, 6:30 PM - What’s Enough Money?

An evening with David Nichtern


Modern culture sends us complex messages about money—that it’s a measure of our self-worth, that it will keep us safe. How can we remain mindful and still cultivate a skillful relationship to making a buck?

David Nichtern is a well-known composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee. He is the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. He has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others.

David is also a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, a tradition that combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga. He has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and leads meditation workshops around the world and online. David regularly conducts workshops, live and online, on the topics of Meditation for Everyday Life and on Creativity, Spirituality, & Making a Buck.

March 19, 2015, 6:30 PM - What’s Enough Truth?

An evening with Stephen Batchelor


In a world of constant flux, we cling to ideas of “truth” and “certainty” as though they’re solid. Can we instead to learn to navigate the vagaries of this brief life with irony and care?

Stephen Batchelor is a British author, teacher, and scholar, who has written books and articles on Buddhist topics and lead meditation retreats throughout the world. Stephen trained as a Buddhist monastic for ten years in traditional Buddhist centers in Asia. He now presents a lay and secular approach to Buddhist practice, largely based on the early teachings of the Buddha as found in the Pali Canon.

Stephen is the author, co-author, or translator of seventeen books, including A Secular Buddhism, The Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Science and Our Day-to-Day Lives, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, Buddhism Without Beliefs, and The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture.

Stephen’s newest book, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma from the Group Up will be published by Yale University Press in October 2015.

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May 28, 2015, 6:30 PM - What’s Enough Connectivity?

An evening with Ethan Nichtern


For all our connectivity, are we actually making contact? As thought leader Linda Stone has written, “In a 24/7 always-on world, continuous partial attention—contributes to a feeling of overwhelm, over-stimulation, and to a sense of being unfulfilled. We are so accessible, we’re inaccessible.” How can we find our way to a satisfying, real connection?

Ethan Nichtern is the founder of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts, and is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. At 36, he is currently the youngest empowered Senior Teacher in the global Shambhala community. Ethan is the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), and the forthcoming The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, January 2015).

For the past 13 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and the United States. He has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, and to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

November 11, 2014 - What’s Enough Competition?

A dialogue with George Mumford and Sharon Salzberg


Probably no other field of endeavor presents the question of “what’s enough?” more dramatically than does professional sports. The What’s Enough? dialogue between George Mumford and Sharon Salzberg, along with the audience Q&A, explored the many ways in which meditation and mindfulness practice can help individuals both compete to maximum performance levels as well as live with equanimity and richness when highest performance levels are not physically possible.

George Mumford has worked as a sports psychologist and meditation coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. He has worked on Phil Jackson’s support staff, during which time Jackson’s teams won six National Basketball Association World Championships. He has also worked with a wide variety of college and Olympic teams focusing both on performance maximization and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Sharon Salzberg is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She has had several New York Times best-selling books, and is one of the most sought-after teachers and public speakers about Vipassana mediation and mindfulness. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and she has been a contributing editor and/or writer to Time Magazine, Yoga Journal,, Tricycle, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Self, and other national media outlets. Her most recent best-seller is Real Happiness at Work.

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September 24, 2014 - What’s Enough? An Introduction

An evening with Sharon Salzberg


In the inaugural event of the What’s Enough? discussion project, world-renown Vipassana teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Sharon Salzberg, provided reflections and answered audience questions about the nagging question of “what’s enough?”  Ms. Salzberg’s reflections set the stage for the on-going series of discussions co-sponsored by Tricycle Magazine and The Shinnyo Center for Mediation and Well-being.

Sharon Salzberg is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She has had several New York Times best-selling books, and is one of the most sought-after teachers and public speakers about Vipassana mediation and mindfulness. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and she has been a contributing editor and/or writer to Time Magazine, Yoga Journal,, Tricycle, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Self, and other national media outlets. Her most recent best-seller is Real Happiness at Work.

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October 29, 2014 - What’s Enough Success?

A discussion with Amy Gross, Dan Harris, Dr. Mark Epstein, and Janice Marturano


The What’s Enough? panel discussion on What’s Enough Success? brought together an extraordinary group of highly successful professionals – who have both in the personal and professional lives, privately and publicly, addressed the question of “what’s enough?”

The moderator and guide to a lively and insightful discussion was Amy Gross, former editor of Oprah magazine and teacher / practitioner of mindfulness mediation for over twenty years. Currently a teacher with the Mindfulness Mediation New York Collaborative, Ms. Gross has had training under Jon Kabat0Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society as well as with the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Panelists included:

Dan Harris, ABC News anchor and correspondent for Nightline and Good Morning America, has become one of the nation’s leading proponents of the benefits of meditation. His best-selling book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found the Self-help that Really Works was published in 2014.

Mark Epstein, M.D., is a clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University as well as a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. He is the author of several books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including, most recently, The Trauma of Everyday Life.

Janice Marturano, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, was formerly a VP and Deputy General Counsel at General Mills, but, since 2006, has brought her deep knowledge of corporate culture together with her experience and insights into the benefits of mindful practice. The Institute for Mindful Leadership provides courses, retreats, and leadership training for many of the most influential and powerful corporate executives in America, bringing understanding to the concepts of focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion grounded in neuroscience, business case studies, and mindfulness practices.