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Finding Tranquility in Crazy Times: A Confucius Day Celebration

October 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 3, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Speakers: David Listen
Event Fee: This event is FREE for all attendees
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In today’s chaotic world, outside stresses can affect inner health and wellbeing. For David Listen, a former monk and former Director of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center, ancient Chinese wisdom may be used to find tranquility in these crazy times.

On Wednesday October 3, join China Institute for an afternoon and evening dedicated to personal health and wellness. From 4:30 – 6:30 we invite you to learn to meditate with Bhante Suddhāso, enjoy special Chinese teas provided by Tea Drunk Teahouse, and enjoy music performed by Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York. At 6:30, the evening will culminate in a lecture by David Listen, who will discuss the evolution of Chan Buddhism in China, and how meditation, concentration, and mindfulness can be used in daily life.

This conversation will take place in English.

Event Schedule:
4:30 – 6:00 PM – Music Performed by Ba Ban Music Society of New York
4:30 – 6:00 PM – Ongoing Tea Tasting and Demonstration by Tea Drunk Teahouse
5:00 – 5:25 PM – Meditation Session 1 with Bhante Suddhāso
5:30 – 5:55 PM – Meditation Session 2 with Bhante Suddhāso
6:30 – 8:00 – Lecture by David Listen

David Listen
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, David Listen was one of the few western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen, having trained for 11 years from 2004 – 2015. From 2004 – 2008, David lived at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Taiwan, and received a ministerial degree at the Dharma Drum Sangha University. After returning to the U.S., David was stationed as the Director of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC), NY, from 2009 to 2014. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College. Learn more: https://davidlisten.com

Bhante Suddhāso
Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, a new platform using technology to build community and facilitate access to reliable monastic teachings, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life.

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York
Founded in 1999, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York is dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of Chinese traditional and contemporary performing arts. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, “Ba Ban” literally means “Eight Beats” which is the structural basis for the grouping of notes in traditional Chinese music. The ensemble includes highly accomplished artists who graduated from the top conservatories in China and have performed in concert halls around the world. The ensemble performs on silk and bamboo instruments: a classical instrumental grouping dating from the Qing dynasty (1636-1912) that includes various dizi (bamboo flutes), sheng (mouth organ), pipa (lute), qin (seven-stringed zither), ruan (alto lute), huqin (fiddles) and yangqin (dulcimer). In 2015, the group was recognized by the New York City Council for exemplary cultural service to the community.

Tea Drunk
Located at 123 E 7th St, Tea Drunk is a popular spot for food and wine connoisseurs as well as local scholars and artists that offers a unique cultural experience seamlessly blended with a romantic inspiration. Founder and tea educator Shunan Teng has taught classes and spoken at events held by institutions including Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


October 3, 2018
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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