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

May 25
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. 

A course for all levels

with Paul Weinfield

8 weeks: 
April 18 - June 6
Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street @ 2nd Avenue
7 – 9 PM
$60 / full course or
$10 / class

Mindfulness is one of the Buddha's most misunderstood concepts. Often confused with being present, being slow, or being "really into" what you are doing, mindfulness as the Buddha taught it is actually a function of memory: keeping something important in mind, whether that something is the breath, the body, death, or the truth of our impermanence.

In this eight-week course, which is open to all levels, we will be studying and practicing the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness as they appear in the Satipatthana Sutta. No prior experience with meditation or Buddhism is necessary. The only requirement is a willingness to be truthful, observant, and open to practicing what you learn.

It is strongly suggested that students attend all or most of the eight classes, since there is a progression to the teachings. However, if you cannot do so, the classes can also stand alone and be taken individually.

This course is open to students of all levels. No prior experience with meditation is required.

Sutta study

with Paul Weinfield


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.

Contact us for location.

For information go to retreats.

residential retreats