downtown meditation community
insight meditation with peter doobinin

Downtown Meditation Community is comprised of individuals who come together to practice and study insight meditation.  The heart of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness, as explicated in the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. DMC seeks to offer a refuge, a place for for developing tranquility and insight in New York City.  Our classes, courses, and retreats provide an opportunity to cultivate meditation practice and develop the skillful qualities that enable us to live in a more joyful and compassionate manner.
All who are interested are welcome to attend our programs and be part of the Downtown Meditation Community. DMC is dedicated to creating a space that welcomes all people regardless of cultural and religious background, race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, physical ability, or ability to pay. We look forward to seeing you.








Recent dharma Talks by Peter Doobinin….

“What We Leave Behind” – December 19

“About the Heart” – December 24

“Your Responsibility” – December 31

to hear more dharma talks visit the dharma talks page


What’s happening at DMC:

Feb 10: Sutta Study
Feb 24: Daylong Retreat
(see schedule page for information)



Breath Meditation Course in March!

Developing Breath Meditation
(intermediate level)

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
39 West 14th Street, Room 507, NYC
7pm – 9pm
In this five-week course we’ll learn to develop breath meditation practice (Anapanasati). We’ll learn to cultivate the Buddha’s concentration, known as jhana. The cultivation of jhana is essential if we are to practice discernment and find release from suffering. The course will be of particular interest to students interest in strengthening their practice and establishing a deeper commitment to the dharma. The course will include instruction and practice in sitting meditation, walking meditation, and the skill of being mindful in our daily life activities.


March Retreat Closing Talk

Happy Yogis after the March Retreat.





Peter Doobinin’s Book

The Skill of Living

now available!


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