Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York community. We invite you to get involved in our harmonious community that aspires to transform our minds and hearts to reach our highest potential for the benefit of all.

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Drawing Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion: Tibetan Buddhist Art Workshop with Carmen Mensink

Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24

In this Tibetan Buddhist art workshop you will learn how to draw the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion according to the Tibetan thangka tradition. The workshop comes with a short meditation, lecture, and individual guidance. The course is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience.


Teachings with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi

Friday, July 29- Saturday, August 6
We are overjoyed to announce that Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi is coming back to New York City. Ven. will give teachings on the 12 links of dependent origination, facilitate our study group, Discovering Buddhism: How to Develop Bodhicitta and the Center’s Tuesday weekly meditation, and will lead the Medicine Buddha Puja and Padmasambava practice. Venerable’s teachings last year were highly appreciated by students and we rejoice that she will be in residence for almost two weeks.

Group Photo: “How It Is and How It Could Be: An Exploration of the Four Noble Truths” with Don Handrick. June 10-12 at Tibet House.

Teachings with Don Handrick from June 6-12

From June 6-12 Don Handrick taught an array of dharma topics. Our heartfelt gratitude to Don for coming to teach. Please come back soon! Audio for Tuesday’s meditation and teaching is available here and Wednesday’s Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana Q&A with Don here. Photos are available on our Facebook album

Audio for the public talk and weekend teachings, How It Is and How It Could Be: An Exploration of the Four Noble Truths will be available soon!

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The One Million Chenrezig mantras pledge to His Holiness

Friday, June 17- Wednesday, August 31

Please join us in reciting one million Chenrezig mantras. You can pledge and report your recitations on the Google doc here from June 17 to August 31. We will dedicate the practice to world peace and offer to His Holiness through Dagri Rinpoche.

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Tuesday Meditation: A Weekly Opportunity to Practice Meditation

 from 7pm to 9pm

Whether you aspire to take a break from the hectic pace of urban life, want to learn simple meditation techniques, or wish to benefit from the collective energy of practicing with a group, please join us every Tuesday for Shantideva Meditation’s weekly meditation offering.

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 New Discovering Buddhism: How to Develop Bodhicitta

Wednesdays: June 29- Aug 3   from 7pm to 9pm

In this module, we will examine what “bodhicitta” actually means and why this is an important type of mind to develop, and will explore the step-by-step methods taught by the Buddha for achieving bodhicitta ourselves. Open to all levels!

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Four-Arm Chenrezig Practice on HHTDL’s Birthday

Wednesday, July 6                       from 6:30pm to 7:15pm

This practice develops our ability to have an open and compassionate heart through meditating on the deity Chenrezig and reciting his mantra. All are welcome!

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Light of the Path Retreat

Aug 14-28, 2016

Led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in North Carolina.

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Guru Puja

Friday, July 15

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Friday, August 5

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Green Tara Puja

Friday, July 1

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Practice Advice for Shantideva Meditation Studentsgolden light sutra

To read more, click here. To listen to the Shakyamuni Buddha mantra, click here.


The Dalai Lama, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa

Shantideva Meditation Center is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which follows the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Spiritual Director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is our inspiration and spiritual guide.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Practice Advice for Shantideva Meditation Students

To read more, click here. To listen to the Shakyamuni Buddha mantra, click here.

Books of the Month


In this edition of Books of the Month, a collaboration with Wisdom Publications, the featured book in our giveaway contest is The Four Noble Truths: Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1 by Geshe Tashi Tsering, and the generously offered discount book for our readers is Portrait of a Dalai Lama: The Life and Times of the Great Thirteenth by Charles Bell. For a chance to win a free copy of the giveaway contest book mailed to your door, please answer this month’s question about the book by June 25.

June’s Book of the Month winner: Lee

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