New to Meditation

One Breath at a Time


The teachings of the Buddha have an experiential emphasis. It is not a question of believing that practicing meditation is beneficial, but of actually trying it out and experiencing the results for oneself.

NYI offers meditation classes in NYC for those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. We have weekly orientations and regularly scheduled courses and workshops that provide fundamental instruction in Insight Meditation. For beginners, emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life.

Upcoming Beginners’ Courses:

Suggested Activities:

Recommended Readings:

  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
  • Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana