The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art offers guided Meditation classes on most Saturday mornings(*). Admission is $12/$10 for members.
Thupten Phuntsok, or Phuntsok-la (as he is respectfully called in his community) leads guided meditations Saturday mornings starting at approximately 11:45am and going to approximately 1:00pm. These guided meditations are conducted without any religious overtones and are strictly devoted to learning, practicing and becoming well-versed in the practice of meditation. If you would like to get a sense of what our classes are like, please feel free to read our blog about Meditation Classes in NYC.
There is very limited parking in front of the museum. However, there is ample parking at the bottom of Lighthouse Hill or one block away on Edinboro Road. To get to Edinboro Road, drive past the Museum and make the first left turn from Lighthouse Avenue. As classes start promptly at 11:45 am, please make sure to leave enough time for parking and walking to the museum. It would also be great if anyone who comes with a friend could carpool to the Museum.
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about our meditation classes. Please click here to read these questions and answers.
When attending our meditation classes, we ask that you observe the following rules:
- The Museum will provide chairs, cushions, and please feel free to remove your shoes.
- Please remember to silence your cell phones.
- Our meditation sessions may be recorded and/or photographs may be taken. This may include audio and/or video recordings and still photographs. By paying for the meditation session, you acknowledge this and grant us permission to make these recordings and/or still photographs and publish these in the public domain. Should you not want to be included in these recordings/photographs, please do not participate in our meditations.
- Should you have any questions, you may ask Thupten Phuntsok your questions either in the middle of the meditation session or at the end of the session.
The above guidelines will help ensure that all participants have an informative, relaxing and enjoyable meditation session. Thank you for your understanding.
About Thupten Phuntsok
Thupten Phuntsok (say poont-sok) started practicing meditation when he was around 12 years old and began the Tibetan form of meditation when he was 21. He learned to meditate first from Kyongla Rato Rinpoche in Manhattan when he had his center in Chinatown and studied with him for 8 years. After 8 years with Kyongla Rato Rinpoche, Thupten Phuntsok met his life teacher Sera Me Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin at his center in Howell, New Jersey. From time to time Phuntsok-la travelled to India and learned from Sera Monastery in India and also learned from the Dalai Lama when he taught publicly in India and here in the US. If you are interested in reading more about Thupten Phuntsok and meditation, please visit his website by clicking here.