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Get Involved with Compassion NYC for a Better NYC

There are many ways you can get involved in making New York a more compassionate, caring community. We’re about more than ‘volunteering.’  We’re about bringing Buddhist ethics of kindness and compassion to every moment, every action.  So, whether you’d like to join us serving food in a soup kitchen, at a protest for social justice, or even participating in one of our annual events, there’s something for you.  Below are just some of the ways you can be a part of bringing more compassion to NYC:


Sutta Study Group Now Forming

two young monks studying sutta

It is said that the gift of the Dharma is the highest gift of all.  But Buddhism is more than just sitting in meditation.  The Buddha offered spiritual advice on all aspects of our lives, both practical and spiritual.  These teachings can help bring us ever closer to our goal of personal and social liberation.  Join in the learning and start experiencing everyday awakening in this very life!  Classes available on a drop-in basis at New York Insight, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, from 1-3pm.  Donations graciously accepted.


Buddhists for Democracy! Phone Banking Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4th, 3-6pm

What does a New Yorker care about what happens with the elections in Texas?!  Well, as the saying, ‘As goes Texas, so goes the country,’ can either be a harbinger of hope or of despair for millions.  Up for contention in this election are issues important to all Buddhists:  the ban against assault rifles, racial justice, education for all and affordable health care.  If any of these issues matter to you, (and we hope they do!) join Buddhists of Conscience at any or all of three phone banking sessions.  Email for more details.


Saturday, October 20th, Autumn Picnic in  the Park!

picture of boat in central park for dharma drink picnic

Meet the friendly people at the Dharma Drink Autumn Picnic Potluck.  Just in time for peak season of the fall leave change, the group will meet at the Great Hill at Central Park. Enter at through 106 on Central Park West and Look for the picnic group!  Make this your go-to brunch spot and register today.


Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry, October 27th

Rohingya refugees walking in trench of water

Each year the Buddhist Global Relief hosts walks throughout the country to help raise money for select projects.  Each individual donation goes directly to vetted aid organizations that work to promote sustainable farming, education for girls, and job training to provide right livelihood.  Join hundreds of Buddhists in this annual walk and help relieve the suffering of the world.


Buddhists on Broadway–December 1, 2pm


To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway ad

Join a group of Compassion NYC members for a matinee of the 2018 world premiere of To Kill a Mockingbird–a play about dispelling delusion, Right Speech, and growing up through the revelation of truth.  We’ll enjoy a vegetarian brunch after the show. Tickets deeply discounted at $45!  Available now on a first come basis.


Other opportunities:

Always dreamed of being a writer? Volunteer to write a post about one of our local actions

Videographers, reporters and video editors–apply to volunteer with Buddhist Global Relief TV

If you’re a social media maven, fluent in Twitter, Instagram and hootsuite, we’d love to hear from you

These and many more opportunities away you at Compassion_NYC.  Fill out the form below to express your particular interest.