Compassion NYC is an outgrowth of its parent group, Buddhist Global Relief. While Buddhist Global Relief’s mission is to alleviate suffering around the world, our community takes those same ideals and applies them at a local level. Anyone can be a part of our community, regardless of religious affiliation, or lack thereof.  All that matters is that one has the desire to make the world a better place, one community at a time.


Contributing Writers

Danna Haile

Headshot Danna Haile

Danna grew up climbing trees and catching lightning bugs near the mighty Mississippi river in Memphis, Tennessee. She later moved to Nashville where she studied nature photography and enjoyed exploring the beauty of the Appalachian foothills. It was there that she came to the dharma, looking for relief from years of addiction and suffering. She now practices meditation with many groups, including New York Insight, Against the Stream, and Buddhist Insights. Danna has completed several courses on Buddhism and mindfulness and is currently enrolled in the “Awake in the Wild” nature meditation teacher training. Her ultimate goal is to advocate for our natural world and all species, encouraging others to want to protect them.


Vivian Mac

Vivian Mac recently graduated from Amherst College, where she wrote a thesis called “Where Inner Change Meets Social Change: Connecting Contemplative Practices and Social Justice in Higher Education.” She aspires to find her way in healing herself and the world, in whichever way that unfolds!

“So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings. . . “