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

resumes September 2019

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. 

Daylong retreats are held once a month from September to June. The retreats will resume in September 2019. Please check back for date schedule.

developing the path:
A course for all levels

with Paul Weinfield

5 weeks: 
June 13 - July 18
Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street @ 2nd Avenue
7 – 9 PM
$60 / full course or
$10 / class

The metaphor of a path is at the heart of the Buddha's teachings. As dharma students, one of the perceptions we want to cultivate is that our lives are moving toward a destination beyond the meager pleasures of the world. How can we balance healthy goal-oriented thinking with a deepening appreciation of the present moment?

In this five-week course,  open to all levels, we'll be exploring these issues and developing intentions and commitments to give our practices structure and freedom.

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