About NYI

We Teach What the Buddha Taught


We Teach What the Buddha Taught

The wisdom available at New York Insight is grounded in the Pali Canon, the oldest extant record of the Buddha’s original teachings. For over 2,000 years, the Pali Canon has provided the foundation for Theravada Buddhist practice. NYI carries the heritage of the Theravada Buddhist tradition, providing New Yorkers a unique and modern opportunity to connect with the wisdom of these teachings to benefit their everyday lives.

We teach more than meditation and offer a variety of courses, retreats, daylongs and other programs to begin or deepen understanding of the profound teachings of the Buddha.  We offer programs both on-site at our beautiful Manhattan center as well as various locations throughout New York City.

Please visit our online calendar to see all of our upcoming courses and events.

We offer a variety of drop-in, by-donation, onsite ongoing sittings at our center as well as offsite sittings and events in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.

In addition, NYI offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an in-depth, secular approach to mindfulness meditation. To learn about MBSR, please click here.


New York Insight offers a variety of drop-in Onsite and Offsite Ongoing Sittings at our center and in various locations including Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. Sittings are led by NYI Teachers or Peer-Leaders.

All sittings are by donation; no registration is required.

Please check the calendar for up to date information about any changes/cancellations and for locations for off-site events.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all programs will temporarily hosted online via Zoom.

Dedicated Practice Sangha: Every Sunday, 6–8pm
Insight Out Refuge: LGBTQI Sangha: 4th Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm
Insight Dialogue Sangha: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm on 7th Floor (Room 704)
People of Color Sangha: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7–9pm
Sacred Earth Sangha: 2nd Mondays, 7-9pm
Aging As A Spiritual Practice: Every Tuesday, 1-2:30pm
Tuesday Dharma Gathering: Every Tuesday, 7–9pm
Thursday Peer-Led Sitting: Every Thursday, 7–9pm

OFF-SITE (see calendar for dates and locations)

Brooklyn Sangha: Tuesday evenings, 7–9 pm
Brooklyn POC & Allies: 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm
Harlem Insight: 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening, 7:30-9pm
New Jersey Sangha: Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm
Queens Sangha: 2 Wednesday evenings per month, 7-8:30pm.

Check our calendar for upcoming dates.