G Tashi w T and SAn oasis in the heart of New York City, The Three Jewels Outreach Center is a place of refuge for people seeking peace, silence & community, through the practice of Meditation, Yoga, Buddhist Dharma and Community Outreach. As a Federally recognized 501C3 non-profit organization, The Three Jewels has been serving the needs of New Yorkers and international visitors alike, free or by donation, for over 20 years. It is operated by a talented and committed team of volunteers, who at some point found their refuge here.

Our store has expanded to include more books, as well as Meditation and Yoga accessories.

The Three Jewels offers the following classes:

  • Dharma: Join us at one of our weekly donation based Dharma classes & events. Learn ethics, compassion, and wisdom according to the original teachings of the Buddha. Meet amazing New Yorkers.
  • Meditation: Discover the joy of a quiet mind. Daily donation based guided meditation classes and instruction.
  • Yoga: Align your body to open your mind. Vinyasa style small classes (12 person max) with personal instructions and hands-on adjustments at a very affordable rate.
  • Community Outreach: Let us give back to the community with special offerings such as free and donation based yoga and our weekly AA meditation meetings. Or help on a larger scale with our volunteering project, 108 Lives, where we help schools, orphanages and people in Nepal.

Story of the Three Jewels

Geshe Michael Roach and Ani Pelma, both students of Khen Rimpoche, provided the conceptual framework for the original The Three Jewels. Established in 1996 at 211 East 5th Street, amidst the youthful and vibrant backdrop of New York’s East Village, The Three Jewels functioned as a “drop-in” Dharma Center where one could get a cup of tea, surf the web, borrow or purchase precious texts, meditate, escape the “noise” of daily life for a few hours, and discuss spiritual or personal matters of importance to themselves and others.

The original storefront closed its doors in July of 2004 to make way for the more spacious multipurpose loft, located at 61 Fourth Ave, Third Floor, which currently houses The Three Jewels.


To be a vibrant place for anyone to invoke extraordinary realizations through a nurturing experience of DharmaMeditationYoga Community Outreach

Affiliations and Partnerships

The Three Jewels is administered by a Board consisting of senior Asian Classics Institute students and managed by younger ACI students. Three Jewels continues its past traditions of offering Dharma, Meditation, Outreach, a Lending Library, and Bookstore.

The Three Jewels works with other Worldview organizations, including the Asian Classics Institute, which holds classes at The Three Jewels.

The Three Jewels is also affiliated with The Sera Mey Monastic University, and has hosted teachers from this institution.