Participation at Downtown Meditation is open to all interested students. We suggest that beginners take a New Students Course to learn the basics of Insight Meditation.

Please note that fees for most programs cover only the expenses for putting on the programs. There will be an opportunity to make a donation (dana) to the teacher at classes and retreats. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Pre-register for courses & retreats by sending a check made out to Paul Weinfield:

Paul Weinfield
PO Box 1033
NY, NY 10009

Questions? Contact us!


weekly meditation

Every Wednesday
Middle Collegiate Church
Community Room
50 East 7th Street @ 2nd Avenue
7 – 8:30 PM

This ongoing weekly class includes sitting meditation, a dharma talk, discussion, and time for getting to know one another. Please arrive on time to the class.

Some meditation experience is expected, but not required.

daylong retreats

March 23
April 27
May 11
June 22
PS 3 at Hudson & Grove Streets
10 AM – 5 PM
$30 / retreat

Daylong retreats are held in the traditional Insight Meditation form, allowing participants to experience stillness and insight in a supportive environment. The day includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, opportunities for interviews, and a dharma talk.

Please note that this is a program for students with some experience in Insight Meditation. 

practices of the heart

with Paul Weinfield

5 weeks: 
February 28 - March 28
Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street @ 2nd Avenue
7 – 9 PM

The brahmaviharas, or "sublime attitudes," are the Buddha's primary heart teachings. The term brahmavihara literally means "dwelling place of the brahmas,” beings who live with unlimited goodwill, unlimited compassion, unlimited appreciation, and unlimited equanimity. These unlimited attitudes can be developed from the more limited versions of these emotions that we experience in the human heart on a daily basis. In this course, we will be learning how to develop these sublime attitudes, open our hearts, and transform ordinary emotions into qualities that can lead us to happiness.

This course is open to students of all levels, though some background in meditation is desirable.

Sutta study

with Paul Weinfield

Date & Time TBA

In this class we explore one of the suttas (discourses of the Buddha). The class includes instruction, discussion and meditation. Particular attention is paid to the relevance of the teaching to our contemporary urban lives.

For information go to retreats.

residential retreats