Dharma NYC

Happenings in the NYC Buddhist Community
Compassion NYC News provides updates on Buddhist happenings in and around New York City.  We report on events in the community and in sanghas and temples representing all Buddhist traditions. Compassion NYC News provides coverage on various sanghas, temples, and Buddhist organizations in New York City.  So, contact us if you would like your organization or sangha’s activities represented here. Include all applicable information and we will do our best to include your event here.  Especially relevant are updates and stories pertaining to Engaged Buddhism.  We also welcome events that provide opportunities to practice Engaged Buddhism.  Information, therefore, should include events, or reports of those events, that aim to ease hunger, poverty and suffering, however it manifests, in New York City.


New York Botanical Garden
New Yorkers like it Green From turning abandoned lots into mini-parks with green space to composting lunch food from the city’s schools, most New Yorkers understand the importance, and the benefits, of living in a greener New York City.  For one thing, it just looks nicer. A study out of […]

10 Steps You Can Take for a Greener New York ...


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Homelessness.  A View from There to Here Our country’s homeless problem requires a healthy dose of radical compassion.  In Nashville, Tennessee, where I’m from, homelessness has risen ten percent in the last year. Two out of five homeless people there are chronically homeless. This is more than in any other US […]

Homelessness and Radical Compassion


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Sharon Salzberg, the 28-day Meditation Challenge, and Seeing Clearly “Why do you meditate?” is a question I sometimes get when people learn I’m into Buddhism and meditation. While I often say something like, “to deal with stress,” what I mean is, “to learn to see clearly and respond wisely.” I’ve […]

Loving-Kindness, Pain, and the Soles of my Feet



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Relaxing in the Rat Race Living in New York City can sometimes feel like running a race that never ends.  With obligation after obligation, there’s always somewhere to go, something to do or someone to meet.  The harried New Yorker may be a stereotype, but there’s certainly truth to that […]

Five Places to Chill Out in New York City


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New York Insight Eco Sangha A Budding Community for Spiritual Practice and Environmental Action Meeting in the heart of New York City every Wednesday night, New York Insight’s Eco Sangha provides a refuge for people who seek to connect their spiritual practice with  environmental and social action. As someone who […]

New York Insight Gains a New Eco Sangha


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The Daily Grind Every city has its own version of commuter hell.  Let’s face it, getting to and from work is frustrating the world over.  London, Paris and Milan are listed among the top ten worst traffic cities in the world.  New York City doesn’t even make the cut.  How […]

NYC MTA = Dukkha? Commuting through Samsara



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To Whom Does Buddhism Offer Refuge? As Buddhists, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.  These three refuges, referred to as the ‘Triple Gem,’ protect us and provide succor from the difficulties in life.  However, do we, as practitioners, have an obligation to offer this same […]

Immigration, Race and Dharma