Chelsea – Main Center

Kadampa Meditation Center New York City

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The Kadampa Meditation Center New York City temple (KMC-NYC) was established to provide people in the New York area with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings. To fulfill this aim we have just opened our new city temple, a peaceful city sanctuary located in the heart of Chelsea.

Buddhist Meditation Center

The Center is run by volunteers who themselves are dedicated practitioners. We have a warm and welcoming community. Please feel free to drop in for a visit. During opening hours there is always someone at hand who can answer your questions. In addition to the beautiful meditation room, you can also check out our bookstore and gift shop, or just spend time in our comfortable sitting and reading area. (Reference materials are available.)

If you wish to participate in the activities at the center, we recommend that you begin with one of our General Program classes. The evening classes on Mondays  and Thursdays and the Tuesday morning and  Sunday morning classes, are suitable for newcomers. We also have a Lunchtime Meditation on Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., and 2 monthly introductory classes called Awakening the Heart (Saturday) and How to Meditate (Sunday) as well as other drop-in  Saturday classes, weekend workshops and retreats.

KMC-NYC offers three different levels of study programs all based on the books of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: the General Program Meditation Class which is open to everyone, the Foundation Program, for those who wish to study systematically, and the Teacher Training Program (TTP), for those who wish to train to become Buddhist meditation teachers themselves. Senior students on the TTP now teach at branch centers throughout the NYC boroughs and New Jersey.

You are also welcome to attend the chanted prayers and meditations that are held at the Main Center daily. See the calendar for times.

KMC-NYC is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). The NKT is an International Union of Kadampa Buddhist Centers. There are currently over 1000 centers worldwide. In the New York area, we have centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester, upstate New York, and New Jersey. From time to time, we gather as a family at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York in Glen Spey, home of our National Temple for festivals, special courses, and retreats.

If you have any questions check out our FAQ’s page, the classes for beginners page and the what to expect at a class page. As always feel free to contact us.

General Program Meditation Class Schedule

The General Program consists of talks and guided meditations suitable for everyone. The emphasis is on integrating Buddha’s teachings into our lives. Beginners are welcome. Although taught as a series, each class is self-contained. If you are attending more than one class per week, please consider our membership card option at only $85 per month.

Monday Evenings, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
with Kadam Morten

Tuesday Mornings, 11:00am – 12:30pm
with Kadam Morten

Thursday Evenings, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
with Kadam Morten

Saturday Mornings, 11:00pm – 12:30pm (classes in Spanish)
with Alexandra Bonano

Sunday Mornings, 11:o0am – 12:30pm
with Kadam Morten

Meditation for Kids;  Sunday Mornings
11:00am – 12:30pm

At the Main Center we offer many different programs to help you integrate Buddha’s teachings into your daily life. There are free meditations and prayers daily and on weekends we offer retreats and day courses. Additionally, we have study programs for those who wish to study at a deeper level.

Kadampa Meditation Center NYC Location

127 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
(street level, between 6th and 7th Avenues.)