Below are some frequently asked questions about The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York and getting started with meditation:


What if I’m not a Buddhist? Will I be comfortable taking Shambhala classes?

Definitely. Many people who study mediation at The Shambhala Center are not official Buddhists but find that what we teach is helping them be more tolerant, open and relaxed in their day-to-day lives. In any program or retreat, you will find people of all religions and traditions.


What should I wear to the Tuesday Night Open House or the Learn To Meditate class?

Wear whatever is comfortable, most people come as they are.


What do I do if my knees hurt while I’m meditating?

Give your knees a break. There’s no problem with that. Switch positions for awhile or sit in a chair.


How can I meditate..when my thoughts are driving me crazy?

You can do it. Just keep bringing your attention back to your breath even in the midst of a zillion thoughts at lightning speed. Over time, you will find more space between thoughts.


How can I stop squirming on the cushion?

There’s a reason it’s called a practice. For many of us, it takes time to learn to relax and surrender to the moment. Just keep coming back to your breath and be gentle to yourself.


What if I can’t afford the tuition for classes?

Contact the center at the main number. We offer work/study programs. We never turn people away due to financial constraints.


Have a question that’s not answered here? Feel free to contact the office registrar by phone¬†212-675-6544.