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Join us at any of the 20+ drop-in meditation classes we offer each week. Using Buddhist methods, explore how to cultivate deep inner peace.
- Kadampa Meditation Center

Time Out says

An eight-foot golden statue of the Buddha glows in the middle of the meditation room at Kadampa Meditation Center, a serene space in Chelsea. Originally founded in 1994 by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the studio was first located in a graffiti-covered dance studio, two blocks away from its present home, which opened in 2012. It's here in this peaceful city sanctuary that New Yorkers are given the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha's teachings.

Besides daily meditation for all levels (it only costs $2 for a 30-minute session), the center offers more than 20 classes each week, plus a variety of retreats and courses with such promising titles as "Limitless Mind" and "Love Without Pain." Meanwhile, Pujas or chanted prayers, are offered for free and practiced at various dates across the calendar. If you're closer to Williamsburg, there is also a Kadampa Meditation Center hub where you will be able to meditate. 

Kadampa Meditation Center says
This is Modern Buddhism

The practice of timeless Buddhist wisdom in the heart of NYC
Buddha’s most profound insight into the nature of the mind remains as revolutionary in our modern world as it was 2500 years ago: the mind is the source of all happiness and suffering. All of it.

At KMC NYC, this is what we learn - in a very practical way. So that through meditation, we can cultivate authentic happiness, and actualize our greatest potential, and help others do the same.

...and we do it all right here in New York City, thanks to the extraordinary teachings of our founder, Buddhist meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Everyone is welcome! We do not discriminate based on race, gender, background, age, religion, politics, sexual orientation, or otherwise — everyone is always welcome at KMC NYC and other Kadampa Centers around the world.

Established in NYC in 1994, we now offer more than 30 Buddhist meditation classes each week based on the teachings of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Classes are offered in person at our beautiful sanctuary in Chelsea, as well as online. Suitable for beginners to experienced meditators. We look forward to seeing you!


127 W 24th Street
New York, NY
Cross street:
between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Subway: C, E, F, M, N, R, 1, 6 to 23rd St
Opening hours:
Monday 4:00 – 7:30pm Tuesday 4:00 – 7:30pm Wednesday 4:00 – 7:30pm Thursday 4:00 – 7:30pm Friday 4:00 – 7:30pm Saturday 9:30am – 2:00pm Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
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