The Open Music Ensemble presents Music and Meditation usually once or twice a month.
In these meetups, basic meditation instruction is offered to participants, then the program leader invites the audience to place their attention on sounds and silences especially created for them by the Ensemble while they meditate or engage in other contemplative practices of their choice. Sometimes the leader offers Martine Batchelor's 'Instructions for Listening Meditation" or similar readings. Finally, after a period of silence, participants are invited to share and discuss their experiences.
The Open Music Ensemble has presented this program since 2008 at the Shambhala Center, the Interdependence Project, the Jewish Community Center, the Tibet House, St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia Universty, and New York Insight Meditation Center, all in New York City. Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, describes Music and Meditation as "a wonderful program".
For information about the Open Music Ensemble see www.facebook.com/openmusicensemble.