The Fountain That Gushes and Gathers, by Shinzen Young and Jesse Fleming

October 26, 2014
  • Shinzen Young and Jesse Fleming at 356 Mission

    The Fountain That Gushes and Gathers was a meditation workshop by Shinzen Young followed by a discussion and Q&A with Shinzen and Jesse on the topics of art and mindfulness.

    October 26, 2014 at 356 Mission, Los Angeles

    This event was presented on the occasion of Jesse Fleming's exhibition "The Halftime Show" at 356 S. Mission Road

  • The Fountain That Gushes and Gathers
    by Shinzen Young and Jesse Fleming


    Sunday, October 26, 2 PM – 6 PM

    $5 Suggested donation

    Collected donations go entirely to the teacher and the practice in the spirit of Dāna.


    The Fountain That Gushes and Gathers is a meditation workshop by Shinzen Young followed by a discussion and Q&A with Shinzen and Jesse on the topics of art and mindfulness.

    Presented on the occasion of Jesse Fleming’s exhibition “The Halftime Show” at 356 S. Mission Road

    **bring your own meditation mat and cushion**


    Shinzen Young became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

    Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen and Vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science.

    Shinzen is known for his innovative “interactive, algorithmic approach” to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy.

    He leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish numerous mindfulness centers and programs. He also consults widely on meditation-related research, in both the clinical and the basic science domains.


    During art school Jesse Fleming traveled to Europe in the summer of 2000. There he found an unexpected residence in the trance and techno scene in Berlin. The culture, the structure of the sound, it’s affect, and the ritual of the scene made a strong impression. In the years following, he undertook a yoga and meditation practice and an interest in the field of Neuroscience as it relates to Mindfulness and Consciousness. These practices and research began leaching into Fleming’s artistic life, defining an approach to media that could aid in lowering the perceived boundary between self and other.

    In 2013 Fleming graduated from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with a degree in Mindfulness Facilitation.  He began facilitating at 356 Mission offering weekly meditation classes aimed at the artistic community and makers of Los Angeles.  He also began teaching weekly sits at SPA, a creative design studio in Culver City.

    Today Fleming has entered UCLA’s Design Media Arts program where he is pursuing the development of a hybrid form of artistic-mindfulness practice that can exist as artistic gesture, expression, and a utilitarian instrument to explore, develop, and define self and self transcendence.

    Shinzen Young and his techniques have played a vital role in Fleming’s meditation and facilitating practice.  He has studied with Shinzen for the last five years and closely with one of his Los Angeles based teachers George Haas.  In THE HALFTIME SHOW, Shinzen demonstrates a rare ability to enter into cessation, otherwise know as the source, considered to be the first path of enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition.

    Tags: Jesse Fleming, Shinzen Young