Thirty artists gathered for the first Artist and Buddhist Contemplatives event at Poets House in New York City. Presenters were Robert Thurman, scholar and co-founder of Tibet House US; Kay Larson, art critic and author of the then-forthcoming book Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists; and Ernesto Pujol, artist. Kay Larson and Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg co-led the event.
The event was designed to offer contemplative periods that served as the ground from which the presentations, dialogues and exchanges emerged. Participants broke into small groups for discussion.