Creating Community2017-07-29T21:15:58+00:00


The Next Buddha is Sangha


At New York Insight, we aspire always to nurture community and connection. The opportunities listed below are events and programs specifically geared towards creating community.

Please check the calendar for up to date information about any changes/cancellations and locations for off-site events.

Weekday Drop-In Hours: The center is open for community use Mon–Fri, 2–6pm
Read, relax, chat quietly with friends – enjoy beautiful peace in the city. The small room is available for meditation.

Monthly Friday Potluck Sittings (see calendar for specific dates): Fridays, 7–9:30pm
“Spiritual Friends are the whole of holy life.” – The Buddha

These monthly community gatherings include a guided meditation followed by a community meal. The potluck sittings provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people in an open and welcoming space. Some months include film screenings, music or other artistic sharing. Please bring a vegetarian offering to share. There is a microwave available for re-heating food. Plates, utensils, etc. will be provided.

Monthly Sitting on Sunday (S.O.S.) + Community Meeting (see calendar for specific dates): Sundays, 10am–12pm
Fee by donation; Led by Gina Sharpe

These regularly scheduled mornings begin with a guided meditation, sometimes followed by standing or walking meditation. There is a Dharma talk and often a question and answer period where attendees can inquire about practice.

+ Community Meetings follow directly after the S.O.S. and are an opportunity for the Sangha to learn more about the Center’s events; interact with and ask questions of the Executive Director, staff, and/or Board Members; get updates on NYI’s financial status; learn about new projects and changes at the center; and co-create community with Sangha members.

Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups
NYI Kalyana Mitta Groups are peer-led groups that meet in homes or other venues. Kalyana Mitta is a Pali term that means “spiritual friend;” it can refer to anyone on the path of Dharma who is a guide, support or merely co-traveler. A KM Group usually consists of 5-12 members, an intimate enough setting for true exploration of Dharma topics. This deepens the development of daily life as practice.

To read more about these groups and their guidelines, download a copy of the KM Guidelines.