On Fridays, The Shinnyo Center opens its doors to the public to offer
several spaces for guests to come and meditate.
Since 2014, one goal of The Shinnyo Center has been to provide an oasis
in New York City in which busy workers and residents can find
a few moments of quiet and reflection.
Reflection on your connection to the world develops awareness,
positive perspective, and considerate responses. The aim of Shinnyo
Guided Meditation is to improve life “off the cushion”
and not just to be an experience in the meditation hall.
In Shinnyo Guided Meditation, the meditation guide presents images and situations
for reflection and cultivation of our inherent goodness. Its goal is to help individuals
realize their unique goodness and worth and develop the resources
to unlock the maximum potential of each moment.
While Shinnyo Guided Meditation is not a religious practice, it is based on ancient
contemplative practices that have been used by millions of people over many
centuries. The Shinnyo Center meditation guides have trained in the
Shinnyo forms of meditation for more than a decade.
On Fridays The Shinnyo Center offers group, guided meditation sessions in
its main meditation hall during the midday break and after work. An experienced
Shinnyo-en clergy member leads the sessions, which are secular and enhance
mindfulness and awareness. The Shinnyo Center welcomes all to participate.
There is no required ritual, postures, or attire.
FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon – 8:00 PM
FRIDAYS 12:15 – 12:45 PM / 1:00 – 1:30 PM / 5:45 – 6:25 PM / 7:00 – 7:40 PM
Call The Shinnyo Center or check this website for alerts about holiday, weather, or emergency schedule changes.
(DONATIONS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED.)
The Shinnyo Center hosts special meditation events for the public.
The following are illustrative of Shinnyo Center events:
The Shinnyo Center has hosted many meditation events that bring
together live jazz performance with Shinnyo guided meditation.
An ensemble of New York City musicians, all of whom have a deep
commitment to meditative practice as well as strong professional
musicianship, collaborate with a Shinnyo-en meditation guide
to offer a multi-dimensional contemplative experience.
The Shinnyo Center periodically organizes evening guided meditation
sessions in conjunction with expert practitioners of the traditional
Japanese tea ceremony. The Shinnyo Center’s Matcha Meditations
incorporate focus on multiple sensory experiences along with the
concentration and introspection of Shinnyo guided meditation.
PHOTO CREDIT: All images by Eric Cederlund