Shinnyo Feature Film – Moto Na Maji

Thursday, March 22

This month’s 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.


March 22, 2018 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – Moto Na Maji

Free admission!



March 24, 2018 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – Moto Na Maji

Free admission!



Jazz Meditation

Friday, March 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


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

$20 admission



Meditation in the Greenhouse

Saturday, April 14 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

April 14, 2018, 2:30 - 3:00 pm - Meditation in the Greenhouse

Free admission!


Matcha Meditation

Friday, April 20 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.


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

$25 entry