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.








Every Sunday Night!

Sunday Night Meditation
39 West 14th Street, Room 507
New York City
(btw 5th and 6th Aves.)
7pm – 8:30pm
This ongoing weekly drop-in class in insight meditation includes sitting meditation, dharma talk, discussion.  The class offers an opportunity for students to discuss the development of their meditation skills and how dharma practice can be a support in their daily lives.  After the class there will be refreshments and time for getting to know one another.




 “Mindfulness of Thinking”

 “Joy of the Practice”

to hear more dharma talks visit the dharma talks page


What’s happening at DMC:

August 19: Sutta Study
September 7: Mindfulness Crs begins
(see schedule page for information)



Foundations of Mindfulness Course
Thursday nights, September – December

39 West 14th Street, Room 507, NYC
7pm – 8:30pm
In this four-month program we’ll have a precious opportunity to make a in-depth study of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  The teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Four Frame of Reference) is one of the most essential of the Buddha’s teachings.  In this teaching, the Buddha explicates the practice of mindfulness, the skill by which we move toward an alleviation of suffering and a greater happiness of our lives.  During this time we’ll study the teaching, as laid out in the Satipatthana Sutta; and we’ll learn to develop our ability to practice mindfulness.  The course will include meditation, teaching and instruction, discussion, and suggestions for practice.  All interested students are invited to attend. 
*Please note, you should have taken a beginners’ level course or have equivalent training. 


March Retreat Closing Talk

Happy Yogis after the March Retreat.





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The Skill of Living

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