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:

Sept 16: Sutta Study
Sept 26: New Students Crs begins
(see schedule page for information)



Six-Week New Students’ Course
(beginners’ level)

with Kristine Marx
Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
39 West 14th Street, Room 507, NYC
7pm – 9pm
This six-week course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of insight meditation. Emphasis will be placed on learning the practices of sitting and walking meditation, and developing mindfulness in daily life. Explanation of the teachings central to insight meditation will be part of each class.
Each class will include time for discussion and student’s questions. The course is suitable for students with no previous experience, as well as experienced meditators who wish to renew their practice.


March Retreat Closing Talk

Happy Yogis after the March Retreat.





Peter Doobinin’s Book

The Skill of Living

now available!


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