Photo by  Jed Adan  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jed Adan on Unsplash


The Artist and Buddhist Contemplatives project was founded to explore Buddhist and art practices. The first gathering was held in 2012; the second in 2015. The project's goal is to bring artists together to meet, collaborate, and inspire one another, and to mentor emerging artists. The gatherings explore Buddhism and art, and how both can serve the world.

The retreats have sparked introductions and connections that led to later endeavors together such as a conversation between composer and interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman at the Rubin Museum in New York City; Labor of Love, a performance by social choreographer Ernesto Pujol with sculptor Lesley Dill at The Noguchi Museum; artists Emily Cheng, Fredericka Foster and Suzanne Joelson organized NYC ABC artists to meet more regularly, opening their studios to the group, and artist Julie Harrison has recently has offered her time to the group.


Deep gratitude to all the Buddhist practitioners and artists who have come before, to all the ABC participants and to Jacquelynn Baas and Mary Jane Jacob who initiated the extraordinary Awake: Art, Buddhism and the Dimensions of Consciousness consortium series on art and Buddhism, the resulting book and for all the wisdom they were able to offer before the first gathering. To Robyn Brentano for her enthusiasm for the second gathering and for co-curating the Invisible Thread exhibition which explored the relationship between Buddhism and art.

Thank you to Susie Neilson and Riva Weinstein who worked with such dedication to make the first gathering a success.  

Sharon Salzberg, advisor

Sara Overton, founder