Change happens in the present moment….

Meditation trains us to bring our awareness back to what’s happening right now.  The past doesn’t exist and the future has yet to occur.

All we have is now, so why not live in the present rather than lost in the world of thought, worry and day dreams?  We can give ourselves this instruction: just live in the present, but find it hard to do.  Our minds fixate on what worries us, what pains us, and in the awareness of such difficulty our spiritual journey begins.

“Impermanence is the greatest knowledge”
– Atisha  (Indian Buddhist teacher, 9th C)


Meditation Podcasts

Natalie Baker, NYC Psychotherapist and Meditation Teacher discusses the view and practice of lovingkindness. Meditation gives us more confidence in our compassionate and kind nature. Is this a practical way to live in the modern world?

Natalie Baker: The Practice of Kindness – Shambhala Podcast 95

Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. Or listen to us on Stitcher.

Learn to Meditate Videos

Pema Chödrön – A Meditation talk:  Smile at Fear – Living From The Heart by Acharya Pema Chodron”


Places to Meditate in New York

Shambhala Meditation Center

Buddhist Meditation Center in New York City

The vision of Shambhala begins with the understanding that all humans at the very ground of their being have basic goodness and wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha, this 2,500 year-old practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple, but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and compassionate in everyday life.

Learn to Meditate Classes  |   Click here to go to the website 

The Interdependence Project

Secular Buddhist Meditation in East Village, New York City

The Interdependence Project is for people interested in exploring their minds on the meditation cushion and applying the insights, clarity, and wisdom developed by meditation techniques to a variety of applications in the world of arts, ecology, activism and community service.The I.D. Project offers various weekly and monthly Buddhism and meditation classes in NYC’s East Village, as well as workshops and retreats on a variety of topics from the world of contemplative education, activism, and the arts.

Westchester Buddhist Center

A simple Buddhist community in the heart of Westchester, New York.

The Westchester Buddhist Meditation Center formed in early 2009 from the inspiration to share the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and meditation practices with friends and neighbors in Westchester County, New York.

Learn to meditate classes and buddhist studies. Open to all.

Go to website  |  See also Westchester Buddhist Center on facebook


NYC Therapists with Mindfulness Approach

Natalie Baker:“My practice and study of Buddhism informs the process of my work.  For example, I weave the meditation techniques of mindfulness and awareness into sessions through encouraging clients to use their present moment awareness as our guide”. 

Heather Coleman:“I approach clients from a space of “basic sanity”, the innate wisdom each human being has been born with. By using traditional interventions from Western psychology and the ground of Buddhist philosophy, I facilitate a connection with my client’s basic goodness, natural wakefulness and health with the understanding that we are all capable of healing ourselves.”

Alison Pepper: “I believe all people have the tools to heal ourselves; grow, learn, and reach our full potential. No matter what your age or life circumstances therapy is a safe space to do that work”