Sangha and Diversity
NYI Diversity Statement: Open Hearts, Open Doors
New York Insight is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and open-hearted refuge for all people to explore the life-transforming practice of meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. We are committed to cultivating an awareness and appreciation of the value of diversity and to acknowledging the need to recognize and dissolve barriers that separate us from each other. We open our doors and hearts to all social identities including all races, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities, cultures, and ethnicities.
Practicing together. Learning from teachers. Sharing with other students. Connecting deeply with those that share the same values, intentions and commitment to opening their hearts & minds. These things are central to growing in wisdom and compassion. Sangha is one of the 3 Jewels the Buddha identifies as central to this practice. Traditionally, Sangha referred to the community of monks and nuns who followed the Buddha’s teachings, but we use it to describe our community of practitioners. At NYI, we also consider each other Kalyana Mitta or Spiritual Friends; the Buddha stated that Spiritual Friends are the whole of holy life.
At NYI, our Sangha reflects the diversity of this amazing city and we are committed to creating a welcoming space where all feel welcome. We are particularly committed to undoing racism and creating a truly inclusive Sangha. Our Diversity Committee, Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers are actively engaged in activities and initiatives that make real our aspiration to dissolve barriers that separate us from each other so that all feel welcome, seen and heard at NYI.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our Dharma offerings are available to all, regardless of ability to pay. At NYI, no one is turned away form the teachings for lack of funds.
May our work together bring freedom and happiness to all beings everywhere without exception.