We are a diverse group of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness and meditation.  We meet on Friday evenings from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Still Mind Zendo Center in New York City. You can find more details here.

We have grown out of the teachings and under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We are part of a worldwide movement of young Buddhists and non-Buddhists practicing mindful living. We share a determination to live in an awakened way, to realize the path of understanding and love, and to help our society, which is overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger, and despair. We aim to experience joy and ease in our pursuits, keeping it real with the laughter, sanity, and friendship that bloom from practicing mindfulness together. Our practitioners are aged 18-35.

Welcome! We are so glad you are here.

New Gathering Location! September 2016

Dear Community,

Starting in September 2016, we moved our weekly gatherings to Still Mind Zendo at 37 West 17th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011. It is located on 17th Street between 6th & 5th Avenues. Gathering is still held from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

We look forward to familiar and new faces!



Wake Up Open House on December 1st, 2012

Greetings from Wake Up NYC! You are all warmly invited to the first Wake Up Open House this Saturday, December 1st, to be held at our awesome home base, Atmananda Yoga Studio. It’s been almost a year since we began practicing together at Atmananda, and we are so happy to finally have this opportunity to share our lovely haven with all NYC sanghas, friends, and family! To make the day very special, three of our NYC Dharma teachers- Marjorie Markus, Dennis Bohn, and David Flint- will be offering a panel style dharma talk.

Here’s the schedule:

1:30-2PM Arrive
2:00-2:30 Sit together
2:30-3:45 Dharma talk/ Q&A with Marjorie, Dennis, and David
3:45-4:45 Wake Up-style hang with tea and snacks
5:00-6:30 Free Yoga class (optional)- donations welcome
7:00-8:30 Vegan Potluck
8:30-10:30 More togetherness… maybe an impromptu tea ceremony… the space is ours to inhabit joyfully!

Atmananda Yoga Center
67 Irving Place (South Entrance), 2nd Floor
Btwn 18th & 19th St.
New York, NY 10003
N,R,Q,L,4,5,6 trains to Union Square
map: ttp://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Atmananda+Yoga+Center&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Feel free to join us anytime during the day to check out the space, meditate, grab a bite to eat, hear a dharma talk, do some yoga, or just to say hi and visit for a bit! Stay as long or short as you wish.

Throughout the day we’ll be collecting gifts of support for Atmananda to help sustain the high costs of maintaining this space in Manhattan. If it brings you joy, we hope you can share your financial support of any amount. We will offer this gift for the continued well being of our practice center, which has provided invaluable support for our growing young adult sangha. To donate online, follow this link: http://wakeupnewyork.org/support/

If you’d like to RSVP for the Vegan Potluck and/or bring a dish, please reply to: marianna.shvartsapel@gmail.com