Shantideva Meditation Center welcomes you to our website.  We invite you to get involved in this harmonious New York community that aspires to deepen our understanding of Buddhism, cultivate inner peace and compassion, and transform our minds and hearts so that we might reach our highest potential for the benefit of all.

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Geshe Tenley

Healing Anger with Patience with Geshe Tenley

Friday, April 24 from 7pm to 9pm – Public Talk
Saturday & Sunday, April 25 – 26 from 10am to 5pm – Weekend Retreat 

In this retreat Geshe Tenley will help us understand why anger is so harmful and how we can keep a clear and calm mind, adapting Shantideva’s timeless wisdom to our modern world.

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Taking Delight in Making our Lives Meaningful with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi

Friday, May 29 from 7pm to 9pm – Public Talk
Saturday & Sunday, May 30 – 31 from 10am to 5pm- Weekend Retreat

In this retreat, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi will explain how to develop enthusiasm in our spiritual practice and help us unfold the profound meaning behind Shantideva’s chapter on Joyous Perseverance from The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, showing us how to integrate it into our daily lives.

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 Compassion in Action event on March 27th

In association with New York Cares and City Harvest, Shantideva Meditation Center volunteers despite the cold weather and snow gathered to help set-up and distribute fresh produce to over 600 families in 3hours!

Many thanks to the volunteers.

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 Protecting Our Minds with Mindfulness and Introspection

On March 6-8, Ven. Fedor Stracke spoke about the practice of mindfulness in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. By training ourselves in mindfulness and re-examining our mental and physical activities, we can free ourselves from negative habits and make our lives more meaningful. Thank you Ven. Fedor for coming to our Center!

Please view photos from the retreat on our Facebook album. Click here for the audio recording or view on our YouTube channel.



Upcoming Events

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Becoming Your Own Therapist: A Weekly Opportunity to Practice Meditation

Tuesdays, from 7-8:00pm

Please join us for our weekly drop-in meditation sessions, which aim to be an opportunity to develop inner peace, understand how the mind works, and share our experience with others.

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Meditation 101

Wednesdays: April 1, 8, 15, 29, and May 6 from 7-8:30pm

Would you like to learn how to work with your mind and create more peace and happiness in your daily life? This series is suitable for students who are new to meditation in the Gelugpa tradition or for those who wish to establish a daily practice.

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Discovering Buddhism Study Group: How to Meditate

Wednesdays: April 22 and May 13 from 7-9pm

In this module, we will discuss the definition and purpose of meditation and learn basic to intermediate meditation skills. For the first time we’ll be combining the study group sessions with practice sessions via Meditation 101

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Basic Program: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Thursday, April 23 from 7-9pm

Discussion group on chapter 6.

Note: This session is only for those students enrolled in the Basic Program. For information about enrolling, contact us.

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Verses of praise, meditation, and blessing requests to help us realize our aspirations for health, happiness and spiritual development.

Guru Puja

Friday, May 22

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Medicine Buddha Medicine Buddha

Friday, May 8

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Friday, June 5 

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One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is for the Sutra of Golden Light to be recited for world peace. 

Click here to receive the transmission online.


Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City community. Founded as a study group in 2004 and incorporated as a nonprofit religious organization in 2012, we are 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.

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Book of the Month

How to Meditate

by Kathleen McDonald

Once a month, we will present a book published by Wisdom that corresponds with a teacher or study topic that Shantideva Meditation has actively been involved with.

As a gift, you will receive a discount code for purchasing the book through Wisdom Publications’ website. Enter by April 27th for our giveaway contest to win a free copy of this book mailed to your door.

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