SOLD OUT Meditation As Art–Art As Meditation: Thoughts on the Relationship of Non-Intention to the Creative Process

April 26, 2007
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Thursday, April 26
6:30 pm

This program is sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available at the door an hour prior to the lecture.

D.T. Suzuki played a pioneering role in the transmission of Zen Buddhism to the United States from Japan, influencing many prominent artists, musicians and writers. Extrapolating from the experiences and writings of prominent artists influenced by Suzuki, psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein explores the relationship between meditation, Buddhist thought and the creative process. Dr. Epstein discusses some of the parallels between art, meditation and therapy and proposes ways in which non-intention, an important aspect of Buddhist thought, can become a discipline that facilitates the creative process. Moderated by Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, Abbot of the Village Zendo of New York City.

Tickets: $12 / $10 Japan Society members / $8 students & seniors. Entrance to the Japan Society Gallery exhibition Awakenings is included.

Lecture Programs for Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan are made possible by funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, Jack and Susy Wadsworth, and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.


  • Thursday, April 26, 2007
  • 6:30 pm