In Your Home
Dharmaseed.org is digitally converting over 6,000 talks, many of which are accessible online, and has a catalog of recorded meditation teachings on tape or CD, all of which are priced on a donation scale. In other words, you pay what you can afford with the added benefit of listening to them in the comfort of your home according to your time schedule. Talks are by such teachers as Sharon Salsberg, Philip Moffitt, Silvia Boorstien and Jose Reissig. Contact: http://www.dharmaseed.org, call (800) 969.7333 or e-mail email@example.com
New York Insight Meditation
NYIMC is a non residential center which offers classes and day long retreats. Classes are donation basis or free. I frequent the weekend day-long retreats which are hosted by a variety of teachers. The space is comfortable with chairs or zafu cushions, tea and water. Contact: http://www.nyimc.org 28 West 28th Street, NYC
Insight Meditation is associated with NYIM and is located in Barre, Massachusetts. Many of its retreats can be paid for on a sliding scale basis. Contact: http://www.dharma.org, Call: (978) 355.4378, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tibet House is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture. They focus on a special concern for Tibet, its people, its spectacular highlands, and its civilization of extraordinary wisdom and beauty. Tibet’s vast high plateau is the size of the United States west of the Mississippi. Its mountain snows give rise to Asia’s greatest rivers, sustaining the lives of 40% of humanity. The hidden heart of Asia, it has served during the last thousand years of invasion as the treasury of Asia’s most sophisticated spiritual arts and sciences. Yet its precious Buddhist civilization of wisdom, compassion, peace, and harmony is under a real threat of imminent extinction. By presenting Tibetan civilization, its profound wisdom and special art of freedom, to the people of the world, we hope to inspire them to join the effort to save it. Tibet House New York is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of the earth. Tibet often offers affordable meditation classes. Contact: http://www.tibethouse.org 22 West 15th Street NYC (212) 807.0563
Menla Mountian Retreat
Menla Retreat center in the Catskill Mountains is named for the medicine Buddha, Menla. The center’s land was gifted to the Dalai Lama by its previous owner. I went to Menla for its first Medicine Buddha teaching and initiation with the Gaden Jangtse Twawa Dhangtsen Monks and Robert Thurman. The energy on the mountain is incredibly powerful and relaxing. The accommodations were clean, simple and comfortable. The food was organic, vegetarian and delicious. The other retreat attendees were very friendly and open. I met people of all ages and walks of life. My experience on the mountain was extraordinarily beautiful. Immediately upon my arrival I knew I was in the right place. I found a nearby stream on the property and sat quietly. Within moments I felt clear and relaxed as I felt my body and mind soften. The retreat was empowering and challenging to my mind, spirit and body. (Have you ever sat in lotus for 3 days?) Aspects of my self changed and developed with the guidance and teaching of Geshe Jigme Gyatso and Robert Thurman, through the initiation and the healing puja the monks blessed us with. This is the first time I was part of this kind of ceremony. I think that had I attended a different event on the mountain I still would have come back feeling very relaxed and centered because the energy there is just so healing.