New to Meditation

One Breath at a Time


The teachings of the Buddha have an experiential emphasis. It is not a question of believing that practicing meditation is beneficial, but of actually trying it out and experiencing the results for oneself.

NYI offers meditation classes in NYC for those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. We have weekly orientations and regularly scheduled courses and workshops that provide fundamental instruction in Insight Meditation. For beginners, emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life.

Upcoming Beginners’ Courses:

All current NYIMC programs appropriate or geared towards beginners.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses

Suggested Activities:
Attend a Tuesday Dharma Gathering (every Tuesday at 7pm)
Sign up for NYI’s email updates
Attend ongoing sitting groups (see list here)
Begin a home meditation practice

Recommended Readings:
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana