Where to Meditate

In New York City:

Shambhala Meditation Center of New York
118 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor



Public Sitting
Monday-Friday,                                Sundays,
5:30-7 pm                                         9 am-12 noon

Learn to Meditate

Wednesdays, 6-7 pm                        Sundays, 12-1 pm

Before an audition, or to take a break in the midst of a New York day, you can usually duck into a church and sit.

St. Mary the Virgin Church is down the block from Equity.

145 W. 46th St.


Go to www.shambhala.org/centers to find a meditation center near you.


Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam  Trungpa

Great book for meditators about living in the world with an open heart.

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham

Excellent book about refining and strengthening your meditation practice.

Pretty much anything by Pema Chodron. Here are some good ones to start with:

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

The Wisdom of No Escape

The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser

Written for musicians by a musician-meditator, this is an excellent book for any performing artist about how to approach our work.

        Madeline Bruser teaches in New York.
        Her website:

The Lucid Body: A Guide for the Physical Actor by Fay Simpson

Whether you consider yourself a “physical actor” or not, this terrific book can help you access untapped parts of yourself through its powerful and liberating approach.

        Fay Simpson teaches in New York (and elsewhere).
        Her website:

The Everyday Work of Art: Awakening the Extraordinary in Your Daily Life by Eric Booth

A great book about how to bring our artist selves into every aspect of our lives.

Meditation Cushions, Books & Supplies


Good Stuff

Watch Viola Davis in an Oscars roundtable talk about the necessity of being comfortable with discomfort as an actor: click here: Viola Davis

To see Brian Scott McFadden’s entire performance from the Late Show with David Letterman, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hql_8lPuNJA

Also, check out Brian’s site: www.brianscottmcfadden.com

Watch Jeff Bridges and Zen teacher Bernie Glassman talk about meditation, acting, and the ability to just be—among other topics—at Tricycle.com. A terrific conversation!