Location

The Community Meditation Center is located on Manhattan’s vibrant Upper West Side.

Sunday sessions are held at 593 Columbus Avenue (NE corner of 88th Street).

PLEASE NOTE
Due to renovations, Sunday sessions from February 16th – March 29th
will be held at the Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (NE corner 91st St.)
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
March 15th which will be at 15 West 86th Street (The SAJ Building)

Wednesday sessions are held at 15 West 86th Street (The SAJ Building)

Both locations are ADA compliant.
No registration is required for any session.

Calendar

Sundays 10:30–12 Noon
(A beginner’s introductory session is offered at 10:00–10:15 AM)

Wednesdays 6:30–7:30 PM

Venerable Burin, Rachel Hammerman, Pilar Jennings, Allan Lokos,
Andrew Olendzki, Helen Park, Vera Ruangtragool, Sharon Salzberg

Learn more about the CMC Faculty here.

Sundays
February 2020
23

Nancy Napier and Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
March 2020
01

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
08

Ven. Burin

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
15

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
22

Pilar

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
29

Pilar

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
April 2020
05

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
12

Gina Sharpe

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
19

Andrew

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
26

Ven. Burin

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
No event found!
Wednesdays
February 2020
26

Rachel

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
March 2020
04

Rachel

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
11

Lauren Taub Cohen

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
18

Vera

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
25

Rachel

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
April 2020
01

Lauren Taub Cohen

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
08

Rachel

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
15

Vera

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
22

Lauren Taub Cohen

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
29

Vera

Wednesday, 15 West 86th Street
No event found!

What To Expect

The Community Meditation Center is known for being a warm and welcoming place to practice meditation and study the teachings of the Buddha. The word “community” is in the name for a reason. CMC endeavors to eliminate divisive “us and them” mentality. Everyone is part of the community as soon as they walk in. There are no categories and no membership. All are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, economic or social status. Just bring an open heart, an open mind, and the courage to grow.

Typically, a CMC session begins with meditation for 20–30 minutes during which the teacher may offer guidance. In most instances, at least half the sitting time will then be in silence. These sessions are appropriate for both beginners and experienced meditators.

After the sitting there will be a short break with tea and chocolates available (Sundays). This will be followed by a dharma talk – a teaching based on a discourse of the Buddha – and then a time for questions.

On Sundays, a short introductory session is offered for first-timers before the main session.

There is plenty of room and lots of chairs for everyone, so no need for reservations. On Sundays there are a few zafus (meditation cushions) available. You are welcome to bring your own if you wish. Comfortable attire is recommended.

Guidelines

  • CMC sessions start on time. You are encouraged to arrive early so as not to disturb others.
  • To show respect for the teachings and the teacher, please plan to stay until the end of the session.
  • Please silence cell phones before sessions.
  • During Q and A periods, please do not comment on what others have said. CMC encourages the practices of skillful speech and skillful listening.

Dana

There are no fees charged for CMC sessions. The generosity of those who attend pays for all operating expenses and helps support the teachers. At each session there is an opportunity to practice dana (generosity) by making a contribution. CMC maintains a policy of turning no one away for lack of funds. Learn more about dana here.

Gratitude

SECRET GARDEN
621 Amsterdam Ave. 
donates flowers for the Sunday sessions

BELLA LUNA RESTAURANT
574 Columbus Ave.
offers a Sunday brunch 10% discount to CMC attendees

“I will be forever grateful for the weekly dharma teachings. What a gift. Each teaching is so rich and I look forward to every one.” 

Sunday sessions: 10:30 AM–Noon   593 Columbus Ave. (NE corner of 88th)

PLEASE NOTE
Due to renovations, Sunday sessions from February16th – March 29th 
will be held at the Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (NE corner 91st St.)
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
March 15th, which will be held at
15 West 86th Street (The SAJ Building)

Wednesday sessions: are held at 15 West 86th Street (SAJ Building)
6:30–7:30 PM
Both locations are ADA compliant    No registration required
10:30 AM–Noon
593 Columbus Ave. (NE corner of 88th)
PLEASE NOTE
Due to renovations, Sunday sessions from February16th – March 29th 
will be held at the Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (NE corner 91st St.)
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
March 15th, which will be held at
15 West 86th Street (SAJ Building)
 
Wednesday sessions: are held at
15 West 86th St. (SAJ Building)
6:30–7:30 PM
Both locations are ADA compliant
No registration required

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