Learn to Meditate / Spiritual Centers

What is meditation?

In a broad, rational sense, meditation is about living in the present moment. But each person’s experience of the present moment varies, and so naturally, the exact meaning of meditation is also unique. A wise man once said, “As many minds, so many paths.” Just in the way that two people can watch the same movie and get two entirely different things out of it, meditation also yields subjective experiences.

Many of us aren’t used to really looking within: at our thoughts, our intentions, our truer selves. And when things around us are going on full speed, it can be even more difficult to be aware of what’s going on within us. So, one way to think of meditation is as an intentional simplification, a slowing down of sorts.

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List of sanghas/meditation groups in New York City.

Learn to meditate in the city

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Meditation and retreat centers outside New York City

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Below are some names/contacts of Buddhist centers around NYC (courtesy MeditateNYC)

Brooklyn Zen Center
505 Carroll Street, Suite 2A
Brooklyn NY 11215
718 701-1083www.brooklynzen.org
Buddha’s Light International Association
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple
154-37 Barclay Ave
Flushing NY 11355
718 939-8318Open House: Sun, Jul 8, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Contact: newyork@ibps.org
Chan Meditation Center
90-56 Corona Ave.
Elmhurst NY 11373
718 592-6593Contact: chancenter@gmail.com
Chogye International Zen Center of New York
400 East 14th Street, #2D
New York NY 10009
212 353-0461Contact: cizny.sangha@gmail.com
Community Meditation Center
593 Columbus Avenue
New York NY 10024
212 787-7272Contact: cmc@cmcnewyork.org
Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Church of Gethsemane, Basement
1012 8th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215Contact: marjoriem4@juno.com, davidrflint@gmail.com
Community of Mindfulness New York Metro
Riverside Church, Assembly Hall
91 Claremont Avenue, (ask for “Mindful Meditation”)
New York NY 10027Open House: Tue, July 3, 7- 9 PM
Contact: marjoriem4@juno.com, davidrflint@gmail.com
Diamond Way Buddhist Center NYC
114 East 28th Street, Suite 1
New York NY 10016
212 214-0755Open House: Wed, July 11, 8:00 PM
Contact: newyork@diamondway.org
Mahakailasa Ashram
110 West 86th St, #5D
New York NY 10024
212.873.0140Open House: Mon, July 2, 6 – 7:30 PM
Contact: lalitamba1000@yahoo.com
Manhattan Won Buddhist Center
431 East 57 Street
New York NY 10022
212 750-2773
Contact: info@wonbuddhist.org
Middle-way Meditation Center
117 Main Street
Cold Spring NY 10516
845 265-4341Contact: rev_compassion@yahoo.com
New York Chogyesa Temple
42 West 96th Street
New York NY 10025
212 665-3641Contact: nychogyesa@gmail.com
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 W. 27th St, 10th Floor
New York NY 10010
212 213-4802Contact: info@nyimc.org
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
Karpas Health Center
311 1st Ave
New York NY 10003
917 622-8341Contact: koshin@zencare.org
Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group
NY Insight Meditation Center
28 W. 27th St, 10th Floor
New York NY 10010
212 989-3456Contact: openskyzen@gmail.com
Shambhala Meditation Center
118 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10011
212 675-6544Contact: info@shambhalanyc.org
Staten Island Buddhist Vihara
115 John Street
Staten Island NY 10302
718 556-2051Contact: admin@sibv.org
Still Mind Zendo
37 West 17th Street, 6th Floor
New York NY 10011
212 414-3128Contact: info@stillmindzendo.org
The Village Zendo
588 Broadway, Suite 1108
New York NY 10012
212 340-4656Contact: info@villagezendo.org