Meditation and Spiritual Studies
David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (DLF) is a global charitable foundation with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Fairfield, Iowa. It was founded by film director and Transcendental Meditation (TM) practitioner David Lynch in 2005 to fund the teaching of TM in schools. Over the years it has expanded its focus to include other "at-risk" populations such as the homeless, U.S. military veterans, African war refugees and prison inmates
Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York, is a Yoga retreat and spiritual-educational center just over one hour from New York City, founded in 1964 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (then Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) as the country center of the Yoga Society of New York, Inc.
Chinmaya Mission West
His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda, Pujya Gurudev, began teaching the philosophy of the Upanishads in 1951, and for many years, a small band of dedicated workers helped him disseminate the teachings of Vedanta by organizing Gita jnana yajnas, forming Chinmaya Study Groups, and conducting Chinmaya Bala Vihars and Yuva Kendras.
The Zen Society
The Zen Studies Society is a Buddhist community dedicated to realizing and actualizing our true nature. Cultivating an atmosphere of respect, harmony, deep insight, and boundless compassion, we offer the simple yet profound teachings and practice of Zen Buddhism at our mountain monastery and our city temple under the auspices of ZSS. The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 to support the Buddhist scholar D.T. Suzuki in his efforts to introduce Zen to the West, and is one of the oldest Zen Buddhist organizations in the United States.
Interfaith Center of New York
The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities.
Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute
Kaivalyadhama has continued to grow and thrive. In 1951, the training college was inaugurated; in 1965, a unique Yogic Hospital opened its doors; followed by satellite institutes appearing in India and other places. Now there are plans to change the institute’s status into a university. The Institute is graciously supported by the Indian Government, and is a not-for-profit charity in which about 80 persons in total are employed. So many ground breaking firsts continue to keep Kaivalyadhama at the forefront of Yoga practice as a whole both in India and across the world.
Shambhala Meditation Center
For over 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center has offered New Yorkers the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through mindfulness meditation. Our mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation.
Tilden Study Center
An educational, non-profit corporation dedicated to the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of students and professional men. The Christian orientation of its programs is entrusted to Opus Dei (opusdei.org), a Prelature of the Catholic Church.
Tilden began operations in 1986 at its Westwood location close to the UCLA campus. The center is financed by activity fees as well as personal and corporate donations. College programs are open to undergraduate men from any Los Angeles area university.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.