Chelsea – Main Center

Kadampa Meditation Center New York City

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Kadampa Meditation Center New York City (KMC-NYC) was established to provide people in the New York area with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings. Our new city temple opened in 2011, and is a peaceful city sanctuary located in the heart of Chelsea.

Buddhist Meditation Center

The Center is run by staff  and volunteers who themselves are dedicated practitioners. We have a warm and welcoming community. Feel free to drop in for a visit. During our open 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.

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, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and the Tuesday morning and  Sunday morning classes, are suitable for newcomers. We also have Lunchtime Meditation on Monday through Friday, After-Work Meditation on Monday through Thursday, and three monthly introductory classes called Awakening the Heart and Meditation for Beginners (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 2200 centers and groups 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 community 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, consider our membership option at only $85 per month.

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

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

Tuesday Evenings | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Reality Check: Getting it Right with Naimah Hassan

Wednesday Evenings | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Developing the Habit of Meditation: New Approaches to Happiness with Steve Krantz

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

Friday Evenings | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
with Taz Tagore

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

Meditation for Children | Sunday Mornings
11:00am – 12:30pm

Young Meditators | Buddhism for Tweens and Teens | Sunday Mornings
11:00am – 12:30pm

Kadampa Meditation Center NYC Location

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