Astoria Meditation and Buddhism

Guided Meditation & Teaching

Weekly Classes in Astoria

Classes Every Sunday

with Alexandra Bonano

at Grace Lutheran Church
31-20 21st Ave, between 31st and 32nd St
(Please use office entrance to the left of the main Church entrance)

NEW TIME: 4:00 to 5:30pm
$10 | Free for Supporting Members

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Meditative Adventures with the Subtle Mind

In this series Alexandra will teach a special meditation known as absorption of cessation. This meditation quickly frees our mind from distraction and enables us to experience a more subtle, spacious and joyful mind. Combining this method with Buddha’s teaching on transforming the mind opens us to our potential for real change and enables us to liberate ourselves from painful habits such as anger, hurt and compulsions quickly. In this teachings we will explore the possibilities for truly transforming our lives and becoming the confident, joyful, creative and beneficial person we all long to be. This series is perfect both for those who are new to meditation and for those who wish to delve deeper.

  •  Feb 26        Transforming Anger and Problems
  • Mar 5          Responding Skillfully to Conflict
  • Mar 12        Freedom from a Needy Mind
  • Mar 19        Letting Go of Limitations
  • Mar 26        No Class

Eights Steps to Training the Mind

Why is it so hard to be and stay happy? According to Buddha, it’s not. In fact, it can be done in as few as 8 steps. What it requires is a drastic change in the way we view ourselves and others, as well as in how we respond to the conflicts and hardships that arise in our lives.

Based on the book Eight Steps to Happiness, this series will introduce us to the practice of lojong or training the mind. Each step will show us how to transform our mind from our regular self-orientated perspective into the loving, courageous and wise heart of a bodhisattva, a fearless person on the path to lasting happiness.

  • Apr 2         Understanding How We Train in Happiness
  • Apr 9         Learning to Cherish Others
  • Apr 16       Recognizing our Pure Potential
  • Apr 23       I Me Mine
  • Apr 30      You You You – Removing that Sense of Disconnection with Others
  • May 7        The Inner Joy of ComPassion
  • May 14     Transforming Adverse Conditions
  • May 21     Turning Conflict into Harmony

Everyone welcome


Weekly guided meditations and Buddhist teachings in Astoria are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners.  These classes offer meditation techniques and teachings on the fundamentals of Buddhism, with an emphasis on their practical application in everyday life.

Although these meditation classes are given as a series, they can also be taken individually. Please feel free to drop in on a class-by-class basis.

Classes are held every week unless otherwise stated.
No special clothing is required. No pre-registration required.


Grace Lutheran Church
31-20 21st Ave, between 31st and 32nd Street, Astoria, NY
(Please use office entrance to the left of the main Church entrance)

Directions By Subway:
Take the N train to Ditmars, walk north on 31st Street to 21st Ave, make a right.
For more information  all (212) 924-6706