Weekly Classes in the East Village

Every Monday 7:15 pm – 8:30pm

with Katy Brennan

at Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
5th Floor

$10 | Free for Supporting Members

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Developing Universal Compassion

What Happens When We Open Our Hearts

Katy Brennan, Buddhist meditation teacher in the East Village

None of us lives in isolation. We are all inter-connected to our families, friends, strangers on the street and every other living being on the planet. It’s crucial for own well-being – and the well-being of the world – that we not only come to understand this but that we make the shift to opening our hearts to this reality. In fact, it is vital that we discover our truly deep capacity for great love and compassion. How else will we heal our world?

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Universal Compassion, is a practical and inspiring text that lays out for us in plain language Buddha’s instructions for accomplishing this goal. In this series of classes, Katy will share passages from the book, offering commentary and explanation along the way and guiding various meditations that help us to experience a direct and healing experience of great compassion.


  • Apr 22:      Meditation and Training the Mind
  • Apr 29:      What Happens When We Open our Hearts
  • May 6:      The Power to Open our Heart
  • May 13:    Transforming Problems into Encouragement
  • May 20:    Developing True Love & Experiencing its Power
  • May 27:    No class
  • June 3:     Empowering our Practice Through Inspiration
  • June 17:   Self-Love and Compassion
  • June 24:   How to Love 


    Everyone Welcome!

    Weekly guided meditations and Buddhist teachings in the East Village 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.

    Middle Collegiate Church
    50 East 7th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
    5th floor

    Directions by subway:
    6 Train to Astor Place ; walk east to 2nd Ave.
    N or R Train to 8th Street
    F Train to Second Avenue
    M15 bus to Saint Mark’s Place

    For more information call: (212) 924-6706