The Mountains and Rivers Order

Zen Mountain Monastery and Zen Center of New York City

The Mountains and Rivers Order is a Western Zen Buddhist lineage established by the late John Daido Loori Roshi and dedicated to sharing the dharma as it has been passed down, generation to generation, since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. You can practice with us at our two main locations—Zen Mountain Monastery and Zen Center of New York City—as well as the Order’s affiliate groups.
Since 1980, we’ve offered traditional and innovative ways to engage the Buddhist teachings through our programs and retreats. Both the Monastery and Brooklyn Temples are places of practice and refuge to help you learn how to integrate your spiritual path into your everyday life. Whether you come for a Sunday Morning Program, a weekend retreat, or a period of residency, you’ll have a chance to experience a dynamic spiritual community and a place to encounter your own inner silence and stillness, wisdom and compassion.

ZMM Retreats

Our upcoming schedule, from introductory weekends to meditation intensives, arts programs, Buddhist studies retreats and more.

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ZCNYC Retreats

Zen Center of NYC: Fire Lotus Temple is a refuge for spiritual practitioners in the heart of Brooklyn. Daily zazen, weekly workshops, meditation intensives, residency opportunities, and more.

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Residential training, with its emphasis on lived experience rather than theoretical knowledge, is a powerful way to study and practice Zen.

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How to Meditate

We tend to see body, breath, & mind separately, but in zazen – the meditation at the heart of Zen practice – they come together as one.

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Check out our extensive library of dharma talks, interviews & podcasts from teachers and monastics. A great introduction to Zen or a way to deepen your practice.

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Online Journal

Check out the Mountain Record blog for the latest news and perspectives from the Monastery, Zen Center and beyond…

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Monastery Store

Everything you need for engaged practice, including meditation cushions, incense, books, statues, clothing and more. Check out our Tenkozan line of items handmade at the Monastery.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice

The MRO offers a variety of affinity groups and opportunities to study our collective and individual conditioning. We see self-study and engaged activism as part and parcel with the Buddha’s imperative to study and alleviate suffering wherever we encounter it.

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