504 Beach 68th Street
Arverne, NY 11692
Description of Organization
Buddhist Insights Meditation, Inc. connects people with Buddhist monks and nuns. Its mission is to make monastic teachings more accessible and culturally relevant in NYC, while granting affordable high-quality meditation options to the general public. Since its inception in January 2016, the organization has offered tuition-free meditation classes, retreats, and workshops on a daily basis to the people of New York. Buddhist Insights provides Dharma teachings freely to people in urban centers. As a non-sectarian organization, they periodically invite monks, nuns, and priests from a variety of different Buddhist traditions to teach in NYC for designated periods of time. Classes and workshops are offered in locations ranging from more conventional wellness and spiritual centers to unusual settings in public and cultural spaces (previous locations in NYC included places like Google, The New York Botanical Garden, Green-Wood Cemetery, etc.). The focus is to foster a better understanding of meditation’s benefits, therapeutic applications, life transforming effects and wisdom traditions, while presenting these as part of a more comprehensive Buddhist path.
In mid-2018 Buddhist Insights Meditation, Inc. received a $7,500 general operating grant to expand their operations and fulfill the mission of their organization. Funds from this grant are being utilized to invest in back-end infrastructure by customizing pre-existing apps that are currently being used while investing in a software integration option that supports customized ﬁelds to automate hundreds of hours of work across the organization. The goal of the project is to free resources, so that Buddhist Insights can focus on its core mission, and for developing partnerships to help ﬁnance growth.
In the fall of 2017 the Foundation made a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $2,500. Grant funds were utilized to offset the cost of bringing female monastics to teach in New York.