Zenmi EastWest

Zenmi means meditation body. How does one develop a zen body, why do so, and what exactly is a zen body? The zen body is a meditative body created through the pracitce of zazen, or sitting meditation. 

We offer short weekly Noten Meditation after work, and some weekends, and longer Nirvana Meditation seasonally. Nirvana Meditation also inlcudes instruction in Kinhin Meditation, or walking meditaiton. We also include longer periods of zazen and kinhin in our retreats.

Zen practice emanates from Japan, first having roots in India, and then, having traversed China and Korea. Your no-rank zen guide Inoshi leads the sessions and culls from any fount wisdom when called on to speak. EastWest Works promotes a kind of biopsied and flinty zen. Our areligious return to source practice subtracts chants, altar worship and prostrations. We put no anthropomorphisms up and quietly allow for ambiance, emptiness, impermanance and nature. Learn to sit, learn to practice, and improve.  Read more below, and contact us to get started.

Noten Meditation

Meeting Weekly. New, regular and seasoned meditators are welcome to drop by for an early evening meditation from 6:15 - 7pm. As an expression of openness, Noten provides a non-dogmatic approach to meditation. Come relax, breathe, enjoy silence and depart.

Several chairs and cushions provided on a first come first serve basis.
  Please plan for your own comfort. Make sure you are hydrated beforehand and prepare to be in a quiet space and period of silence after the introductions are completedWe practice in a shoes-off space.

If new to meditating, please inform us and you'll be given some basic instruction on how to proceed. Regular partipcants will be trained more thoroughly. Member program optional. Minimal $3 fee requested, donations accepted, and no one turned away for lack of funds. RSVPs appreciated.

Nirvana Meditation

Meeting seasonally. New, regular and seasoned meditators are welcome to join this afternoon of sitting in quiescence, with gentle instruction. Participants will be provided with detailed guidance in chair or seated cushion meditation (your choice): body alignment and method to accomplish successful sitting (zazen). We will intersperse our sitting with walking meditation (kinhin).

Nirvana Meditation presents a non-dogmatic approach to meditation, as an expression of openness and the universal nature of meditation. Come relax, breathe and enjoy silence. This extension of our weekly meditation will be followed by some tea and departures.

This three hour sessions tarts with a welcome and introduction, and continues with 5 meditation periods (one with a talk) and 4 walking periods, according to the following approximate schedule:

20 mins Greetings, Intro & Settling In
25 mins Meditate (w/ corrections)
-- 10 mins Walk (training, correction & bathroom)
25 mins Meditate
-- 10 mins Walk (& bathroom)
25 mins Meditate
-- 10 mins Walk (& bathroom)
25 mins Talk & Casual Sitting (aka teisho, dharma talk)
-- 10 mins Walk (& bathroom)
20 mins - Meditate

The setting is austere.
 Several chairs and cushions provided on a first come first serve basis. Please plan for your own comfort, warmth and extra bolstering. Make sure you are hydrated beforehand and prepare to be in a quiet space and long period of silence after the introductions are completed. We practice in a shoes-off space.

If new to meditating, please inform us and you'll be given basic instruction on how to proceed. $25 suggested contribution (members $20). However, no one turned away for lack of funds, all donations accepted. RSVPs appreciated.

Kinhin (Walking Meditation)

Kinhin (keen-heen), or walking meditation is an essential part of long period meditation. It provides a way to remain internally still, yet engage the body in movement, as opposed to sitting, while keeping mentally and emotially calm. Ideally there is no break from meditative absorption, as one transfers and carries sitting awareness to walking.

We provide Kinhin training at our Nirvana Meditation orientations, on retreats, and through private instruction.

W 39 & 6th Ave
New York, NY 10018