Spiritual events in NYC: Buddhism, art, yoga and more
Recharge your spiritual batteries with our Zen guide, featuring our pick of enlightening events in NYC.
Wed Oct 2 2013
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons/Jean Louis Audebaud
We love the socks off our crazy city, but sometimes New York gets a little—well, crazy. For those seeking serenity in Gotham, we’ve gathered together the best spiritual events in NYC. Watch celebrities grapple with the big philosophical questions in conversation at the Rubin Museum or massage your mind at a Zen center. If you’re trying to kick-start a meditation practice, the city’s top teachers are only a click away. Get busy, people! Just do it calmly.
Our pick of spiritual events
- Critics choice
Join Bernie Cohen (of Bernie's New York Walking Tours) on a tour of the historic church, including its Rose Window, historical parapet and Chapels of the Tongues. Meet at northwest corner of 112th St and Amsterdam Ave. Subway: 1 to 110th St–Cathedral Pkwy.
While we can’t promise you David Bowie and Sir Didymus, this walkable labyrinth does offer you the chance to get truly centered (rather than completely lost). While we tend to think of labyrinths as elaborate follies created by very rich people, these mazes have been used as meditative tools for thousands of years. The indoor marble creation at Marble Collegiate Church (itself established in the 17th century) echoes a medieval design found in the Chartres Cathedral in France. Walking the route, you’re instructed to clear your mind and focus on your breath; the center is a place of meditation and, if you like, prayer. The church has some pretty stunning stained glass windows too, perfect for reflection of all sorts. Call ahead to confirm.
- Fifth Ave, (at 29th St)
- Price band: 1/4
- 118 W 22nd St, sixth floor, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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