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).
Wednesday sessions are held at 150 West 83rd Street (Bet. Columbus and Amsterdam Aves).

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 NOTE NEW TIME: 6:45–7:45 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
December 2019
22

CLOSED

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
29

CLOSED

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
January 2020
05

Sharon

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
12

Andrew

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
19

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
26

Gina Sharpe

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
February 2020
02

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
09

Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
16

Leslie Booker

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
23

Nancy Napier and Allan

Sunday, 593 Columbus Avenue
No event found!
Wednesdays
December 2019
18

Helen

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
25

CLOSED

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
January 2020
01

Closed

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
08

Rachel

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
15

Helen

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
22

Vera

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
29

Rachel

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
February 2020
05

Helen

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
12

Rachel

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
19

Vera

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd Street
26

Rachel

Wednesday, 150 West 83rd 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)
Wednesday sessions: Note new time: 6:45–7:45 PM   150 West 83rd St. (Columbus–Amsterdam)
Both locations are ADA compliant    No registration required
10:30 AM–Noon
593 Columbus Ave. (NE corner of 88th)
 
Note new time: 6:45–7:45 PM
150 West 83rd St. (Columbus–Amsterdam)
 
Both locations are ADA compliant
No registration required

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