Welcome to Dharma Punx NYC

An open Buddhist Community

Learn which topics will be addressed in class & other class info on Facebook page.

If you're available for a fascinating 2 days towards the end of July, please consider joining us at Garrison Institute.

If you're available for a fascinating 2 days towards the end of July, please consider joining us at Garrison Institute.

Josh Korda has been the presiding teacher at Dharmapunx NYC for the last decade (his talks can be found at dharmapunxnyc.podbean.com). Over the last five years he’s been a visiting teacher at Zen Care and Against the Stream. Josh teaches multiple retreats each year, mentors a wide array of spiritual practitioners; his meditations can be found on the popular mindfulness app insighttimer. Josh writes for a number of publications, including many pieces on Huffington Post. Tricycle Magazine has recently featured a short documentary film about Josh’s teaching, which you can find here: Watch the documentary on dharma punx NYC hosted by tricycle.com.

For those interested, Josh will be teaching a weekend retreat at Garrison Institute in July with two other buddhist teachers, retreat curated by Lion's Roar magazine.
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Articles are by the community's teacher, Josh Korda.
Click on the blog link at the top for the full listing of posts.


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NEW ATS MEETING: In addition to the Dharmapunx NYC Sunday evening meeting in Williamsburg, there's a Sunday Evening  Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society weekly group at the Brooklyn Zen Center, located in Boerum Hill/Gowanus neighborhood. Sunday evenings 6p-730pm with Luke Maytin. 


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Refuge Recovery meetings in NYC:

Refuge Recovery, Saturdays,  6pm: inventory writing | 7pm: meeting
The Three Jewels, 61 4th Ave. buzzer #3 (btwn 9th and 10th Streets) in Manhattan
If you're interested in learning more about their events, click here.


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Classes on Mondays and Tuesdays are led by Josh Korda, community teacher, and are open to all.

MONDAYS, 7-8:30 pm 
Maha Rose Yoga
97 Green St. Brooklyn
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

TUESDAYS, 7-9 pm 
Lila Wellness Center
302 Bowery (3rd fl), Manhattan

SUNDAYS, 6-7:30 pm
Greenhouse Yoga
783 Driggs Ave at South 4th St
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Alternately led by Josh or Melissa McKay

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THURSDAYS, 7-8:30 pm
Various facilitators from the community, some trained by Against the Stream
Lila Wellness Center
302 Bowery

ATS SUNDAYS, 6-7:30 pm
Againstthestream meeting with Luke Mayton
Brooklyn Zen Center
505 Carroll St # 2, Brooklyn

Those who would like to ask questions about spiritual practice are encouraged to write: korda.josh@gmail.com. 

I may not have the time available to respond to each email, but I will read your message and, if I can contribute to a dialogue, and have the time available to write back, I'll respond to questions.

  Please contact Josh for info about one-on-one meditation mentoring and working with a buddhist teacher.


Please contact Josh for info about one-on-one meditation mentoring and working with a buddhist teacher.

As a teacher I do offer one-on-one mentoring though, given the present overload of inquiries, I'm no longer maintaining a waiting list and the process is no longer offered by request. 

When I do work with a practitioner individually, its based on a weekly dialogue that focuses on navigating life's setbacks and opportunities, bringing the practices of mindfulness into daily life and maintaining inspiration and structure for a fulfilling spiritual practice. A typical dialogue include starts with a brief overview of one's current experiences and challenges. Often the work focuses on exploring tools to work with obsessive thoughts and memories, compulsive addictions, fears and general anxiety, limiting self-judgments and other common challenges.


Josh Korda has been the dharma teacher at the New York and Brooklyn Dharmapunx meetings since 2005, and is a regular visiting teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist community in Los Angeles. He has a large buddhist mentoring private practice and has written for the buddhist magazines Shambhala Sun, Tricycle and Buddhadharma. He has been profiled by The New York Times, Village Voice and CBS News (interviewed by Dr. Jon LaPook). For the last four years Josh has also led classes at ZenCare.org, a non-profit organization that trains hospice volunteers. Josh has had the honor to study with countless spiritual teachers in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, including Noah Levine, Vinny Ferraro, Ajahns Geoff, Sucitto, Amaro and Tara Brach to name a few. Josh’s dharma talks are followed by a large online community at dharmapunxnyc.podbean.com.

Suggested Resources


Dharma Punx, by Noah Levine
The inspiring book that chronicles Noah's life and gives the group its name; if you're interested in Dharma Punx you gotta read this book!

Buddha Style 

Bringing Peace to the Mind at War   

How to Speak and Hear the Truth 

Buddha, by Karen Armstrong
An excellent, powerfully written (and relatively short) biography of the Buddha.

An End to Suffering: the Buddha in the World, by Pankaj Mishra
Weaves together politics, travel, biography and philosophy in a quest to understand Buddha's life and teachings.

For a Future To Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Great expanded reflections on The Five Precepts by one of the world's leading Buddhist teachers (excerpts available online.

A Gradual Awakening, by Stephen Levine

Buddhism: A Concise Introduction, by Huston Smith and Philip Novak

Unattended Sorrow, by Stephen Levine

Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, by Joseph Goldstein
Key teachings, favorite stories, and answers to commonly asked questions about insight meditation by the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society.

The Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
Describes Nirvana (well, makes an attempt anyway) and what one must do to attain it according to the Suttas. Also puts the phrase in historical context so that you know a bit more about what the Buddha achieved and what he meant for others to achieve. [Freely available online atwww.accesstoinsight.org]

Noble Strategy: Essays on the Buddhist Path, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
Presents views on basic elements in the Buddhist path — the attitudes, concepts, and practices that lead to total freedom for the mind. [Freely available online at www.accesstoinsight.org]

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, by Tara Brach
Excellent and very accessible introduction to Buddhist practice by the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D. C.

Small Boat, Great Mountain, by Ajahn Amaro
Those finding the suttas difficult to interpret might want to sneak a peek at Ajahn Amaro's awe-inspiring Small Boat, Great Mountain, which has served as a guide for me during my rereadings of the Udana. The second chapter, The Place of Nonabiding, will blow your mind. [Freely available as a PDF]

The Udana and the Itivuttaka, Translated by John D. Ireland
The Udana is a wonderful collection of short stories followed by a verse. Wise, interesting and excellent for meditative reflection. See Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses [Also freely available online at www.accesstoinsight.org]


dharmapunx.com and 
Noah's sites. The latest information on Noah, his projects, and his teaching schedule.

Perhaps the best Theravada Buddhist resource on the web. Free Suttas, articles, books, study guides, and links to other resources.


Hundreds of free books and articles for download.

Theravada Buddhist site with a Burmese feel – the English can be rough, but there is good stuff to be found here.

Suttas selected and read aloud by teachers and senior Dhamma practitioners in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.


Dharma talks are one of the best ways to listen to the Dhamma, associate with wise people (in a way), and to feel supported in the practice when live teachers go missing...

Buddhist Meditation Centers in the US

Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Spirit Rock Meditation Center http://www.spiritrock.org/
Great meditation center near San Francisco in Marin County, California.

www.dhamma.org http://www.dhamma.org/
The organization which offers courses in Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka.

Metta Forest Monastery http://www.watmetta.org/
Thai forrest monastery near San Diego, California.


The Bhavana Society
Sri Lankan Forest Monastery near Washington, D.C.

New York Insight Meditation Center http://www.nyimc.org/
Highly recommended resource to stay aware of; NYIMC offers many workshops and speakers from around the world.

Downtown New York Meditation Community (http://www.dnymc.org/)
Peter Doobinen's group. Peter is one of New York's leading meditation teachers.


When browsing these websites please look at their schedule of events and plan a visit with friends if you are able.

American Burma Buddhist Association http://www.mahasiusa.org/
Burmese monks in Brooklyn

American Sri Lanka Buddhist Association: Staten Island Buddhist Vihara
Sri Lankan temple in Staten Island http://www.sibv.org/

New York Buddhist Vihara http://www.newyorkbuddhist.org/
Sri Lankan temple in Queens. The Queens Vihara offers meditation and a Dhamma talk on Wednesday evenings.


Bodhi Monastery 
Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey Bhikkhu Bodhi, prolific translator of the Pali Canon into English, lives here. Take advantage of talks on the web, weekly classes and meditations at the monastery. One of the few monasteries where Mahayana and Theravada monks and nuns live together.

Wat Buddha Thai Tavorn Vanaram http://www.watbuddhathai.org/
Thai Monastery in Queens