Mindfulness Meditation is a practice that anyone can do.

It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to experience this natural state more often. At Shambhala NYC, we begin by training in mindfulness-awareness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment anytime, anywhere – at home, at work, and wherever you go in your day to day life.

We welcome anyone new to meditation to check out our ongoing introductory classes & programs below. Click on the program titles for more information and registration.

 


 

Learn to Meditate

30-minute meditation instruction and introduction to Shambhala

Our drop-in Learn to Meditate class is perfect for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice.

Led by a qualified instructor, this half-hour session presents the view and technique of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Each class features a guided practice session – full instructions on working with posture, breath, and thoughts, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

$15 admission, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

 


 

Weekly Dharma Gathering

Guided meditation, talk, discussion, and reception

Every Tuesday night at 7pm.

The Weekly Dharma Gathering is a perfect introduction to the Shambhala teachings and mindfulness meditation, as well as an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It consists of guided group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a light reception.

Bring your friends! Pre-registration encouraged but not required.  $10 general admission, $5 students.

 


 

Public Sitting

By-donation, drop-in group meditation offered three times a week

Sit for as long or as a little as you want at our by-donation, drop-in Public Sitting. The silent, sitting meditation is typically hosted by a volunteer timekeeper and is interspersed with brief periods of walking meditation.

Public Sitting is offered three times a week at the following times:

Sundays 9am-12pm

Thursdays 6pm-7pm

Fridays 6pm-7pm

If you haven’t been to Shambhala before, we encourage you to attend a Learn to Meditate session before joining an open sit.

 


 

Learn to Live Mindfully

Mindfulness workshops offering practical wisdom for modern life

Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30pm.

These mindfulness workshops center on a different topic every week, each one focused on a specific aspect of awake living. Examples of class topics: Learn to Work with Strong Emotions, Learn to Develop Confidence, Learn to Be Nice to Yourself.

Teaching material from these classes is based on the Shambhala Training curriculum, and offer a taste of what Shambhala Training has to offer.

$35 admission, or $28 for students.

 


 

Shambhala Training

A comprehensive curriculum of mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence training

For those looking to dive in deeper and make mindfulness a real part of their lives, Shambhala Training is the answer.

This structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education is rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path is a secular course of practice and study which consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

Get started with Meditation in Everyday Life, a four-week foundational course, and Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again, a mini-retreat designed to help us gently settle into deep practice.