Be a Light for Peace – FILM

Thursday, September 27

“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.

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

30 minutes

September 27, 2018 - Thursday 6pm Viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!



September 29, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!



Jazz Meditation

Friday, September 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.


September 28, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Jazz Meditation

$20 admission



Shinnyo Feature Film – The Vision and Craft of Shinjo Ito

Thursday, October 4

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.


October 4, 2018 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – The Vision and Craft of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!


October 6, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – The Vision and Craft of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!


Garment District Art Festival

Thursday, October 18

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 forth 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


Meditation in the Greenhouse

Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come join us at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park Greenhouse for a free Shinnyo Guided Meditation session on Saturday, October 20 (2:30pm – 3:00pm).  Park Entrance: West 145th Street & Riverside Drive OR 138th Street & Riverside Drive, NYC.

October 20, 2018, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Meditation in the Greenhouse

Free admission!