IDP is a secular Buddhist center in New York City, offering classes and training in meditation, ethics, and compassion without dogma or devotion.

Originally founded by Ethan Nichtern in 2006, IDP began as an informal gathering for meditation, arts, and activism, and has since evolved into 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a leadership and community committed to personal development and collective engagement.

Our efforts include understanding the conditions that cause suffering in our society and the world, and offering space for all identities to come together and flourish, while orienting our actions to skillfully support our shared humanity.

Our Executive Director is Kimberly Brown, who leads the organization with our Board of Directors. Our operations are supported by teachers and volunteers.



Our mission is to create a wiser world, one mind at a time, with programs and events to enable everyone to recognize our profound interdependence with all living beings. Our vision is creating an equitable and kind world where all creatures flourish and thrive together in peace.



We're located at 28 West 27th Street, Room 704. No intercom is necessary to enter the building. Take the elevator to the 7th floor, we're down the hallway to the right. Please note, we have no phone number. If you've questions or inquiries please email us at the link below.