Asian Classics Institute (ACI) provides 15 courses that progress through the entire teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment in the Hinayana and Mahayana schools. The courses are provided generously by the founder of Three Jewels, Geshe Michael Roach, who translated a large body of texts from Tibetan, and condensed a quarter century's worth of study into a 5 year, drop-in course complete with homeworks and quizzes. Drop in every once in a while, or complete coursework for a certificate. All courses are offered free of charge.

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Senior Teachers


Hector Marcel

President of Three Jewels and long-time student of Geshe Michael Roach, Hector Marcel is a treasure in Three Jewels' community. In addition to teaching at the Diamond Cutter Institute in China, and running an international non-profit, 108 Lives, and popular Bushwick coffee shop Little Skips, Hector has been teaching ACI course material since 2013. Hector's heart-wisdom is treasured by his students, and his infectious, loving humor is one of his most effective teaching tools. 

Jee Chang

Jee has been a dedicated student of the Dharma for over a decade, and has completed the entire ACI course of study under John Stillwell. She is the founder of UME, a socially conscious force for good which provides brand guidance, inspiration, and education for all women; from thought leaders in NYC to those aspiring to change the narrative in developing countries. Jee brings her practice into the world as an elegant, modern, and relatable inspiration.


Venerable Chunzom

Venerable Lobsang Chunzom is a Buddhist nun and teacher of meditation and philosophy in the Tibetan tradition for over 15 years. She is a licensed creative arts therapist specializing in dance/movement therapy and founder of LHI. In 2014, she completed a three-year solitary meditation retreat. Drawing from a wealth of knowledge and personal experience of meditation and movement, Venerable Chunzom is compiling written works to share with the world.

Other Offerings

A W A K E N E W Y O R K is a group of people supporting their spiritual practice and discussing what it is to live and work as conscious individuals responsible for their community and their world. Dharma Junkies is hosted by Joe Mauricio, a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition with over twenty years experience. Guided meditation, group discussion and spontaneous waking chaos make this a unique and magical encounter.  Wherever you are, wherever you're at, just bring it and we'll meet you here! 

Wednesday  |  7:30-9:30PM


Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. The path of practice that we follow is called the Four Truths of Refuge Recovery. The Four Truths of Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to recovery from addictions. It has proven successful with addicts of all kinds who have committed to the Buddhist path of meditation, generosity, kindness, and renunciation. This is an approach to recovery that understands that all beings have the power and potential to free themselves from suffering. We feel confident in the power of the Buddha's teachings, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction.  The practices and principles of this program are outlined in the book Refuge Recovery by Buddhist teacher Noah Levine, founder of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Saturday | 6:00-8:15PM