Dharma Gathering: The Sound Object in Contemplative Context (online)

with Alexander Van Gils

November 9th

Date details +
    Price.:
  • $20 Patron
  • $10 General
  • $10 Current SMCNYC Members
  • $5 Students
Room: Online

Open to all. Zoom details sent upon registration.


In this live online gathering, we will pair two experiences— the practice of sitting meditation and the practice of hearing sound. We are invited to explore how this contemplative context might affect or transform the experience of hearing a sound object, particularly when hearing without seeing the causes behind that sound. This investigation is rooted in the notion of "acousmatic" listening from the theory and practice of Pierre Schaeffer.

About the Teacher

Alex Van Gils
is a composer, performer, and generative video artist, exploring the interplay between human and electronic creative agents. In his composition work he creates musical systems that explore, amplify and transform the gestures of human improvisational partners. Alex is also a lifelong meditation practitioner.

Please note that late registrations run the risk of not receiving the Zoom link in time for the event.

About the Dharma Gathering

The Dharma Gathering is a perfect introduction to meditation practice and the Shambhala teachings, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded New Yorkers. The evening consists of guided meditation, a talk by one of our teachers, and discussion.

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to daily life, and to meet with others interested in mindfulness.

Privacy Notice:
Please note that Dharma Gatherings are recorded for public viewing. If you do not wish your image to appear in a publicly viewable video, you are welcome attend the meeting while stopping your video. This can be done by hovering your cursor over the lower portion of the Zoom screen to expose icons. On the left is a video icon which, when clicked, will turn off your camera.