Thursday, February 26, Thursday, March 12, and Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being – 19 W. 36th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being will present three sessions of a unique meditation series that combines Shinnyo guided meditation with live jazz music performances. Led by Shinnyo meditation guide Eitaro Hayashi, with accompaniment by Nick Gianni on saxophone and Arlen Hart on piano, the session will introduce the combined live music and the relaxation benefits of meditation.
Music has often been used as a background for yoga, massage and exercise, but music can also be the focus of meditation practice. Jazz as an art form is based on being completely focused in the present moment. Jazz musicians do this by being aware of their surroundings and harmonizing with the other musicians as well as the mood of the audience. The Shinnyo Center Jazz Meditation sessions will explore this concept as musicians play off the words of the meditation guide who in turn will reflect the musical accompaniment in the leading of his practice to audience members.
It will be a great night for entertainment, new experiences, and for people to relieve the everyday stress that comes with living in the big city.
The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being works towards translating fundamental Buddhist values into experiences that can be accessible to everyone in contemporary society.