Retreats and Online Programs

Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of NYC

With a deep breath of relief and remembrance, we are increasingly adding in-person events to our calendar. Please refer to this web page (see below) for regularly updated information on programs at ZMM and ZCNYC, as well as webcasts, online retreats, and other ways to connect. Our daily zazen and Sunday programs are accessible through Livestream. You can also keep up with us through our blog at MountainRecord.org and our podcast as well as social media.  If you are not currently receiving our weekly newsletter, you can add your name to either of our mailing lists here. Thank you for your practice!

The monastics and residents of the Monastery and Fire Lotus Temple are continuing to maintain our Zen training schedule as usual. Each week we are livestreaming the Monastery's Sunday morning program in addition to daily zazen Tuesday evening through Saturday evening. Additionally, you'll find below a list of daily opportunities for group practice over Zoom.

In practicing Buddhadharma we turn inwards and find the calm and clear understanding that is within each of us. We turn outwards to offer lovingkindness, patience and compassion to every being. In times like this, many people will feel anxiety and uncertainty about the present and the future, and may express that in both inspiring and troubling ways. As practitioners, let's use our circumstances to take refuge in the Three Treasures, drawing on our trust in the Dharma and the essential desire in each of us for happiness and well-being. Each morning we chant the Four Immeasurables and we encourage you to join us by adding them to your morning liturgy. As each of us gives voice to these profound blessings, we come together through space and time, united by our shared intention.

May all beings be free from suffering and the root of suffering
May all beings know happiness and the root of happiness
May all beings live in sympathetic joy, rejoicing in the happiness of others
May all beings live in equanimity, free from passion, aggression and delusion.

Please feel free to contact us at (845) 688-2228 or registrar@dharma.net

All of the following programs are offered by suggested donation. Thank you for your support.

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Zazen & Liturgy Online

Connect with the Monastery and fellow home-dwelling practitioners for daily meditation, talks, and liturgy services.

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Sangha Practice Groups

Learn about practice, discussion, and affinity groups taking place regularly over Zoom.

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Teachers & Seniors Online

Looking to make contact with the Monastery, teachers, and senior students? Click below to submit questions or schedule a meeting.

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Upcoming Programs

The Ten Thousand Things—Winter Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 3 - 17, 2023
ONLINE
Everything we encounter provides the opportunity to meet the creative source. It is right here in ourselves always standing at the gateway of awe. It will take a risk, to be sure, a risk whose name we may know as surrender, as dying to the known, as we are welcomed to our true home[…]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 3 - 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Service to the Temple: A Half Day of Zazen & Volunteering

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Patrick Yunen Kelly

February 4, 2023
ZCNYC
Working together is part of our life and part of our practice. It allows us to honor and care for the sacred space that Fire Lotus Temple provides in our city. Please join with community for this morning beginning with zazen practice and then moving into work together. There is work available for all skills […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Seniors

February 8, 2023
ONLINE
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Exploring Wisdom and Compassion: Further Steps Along the Path of Zen

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 10 - 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Within the dharma, wisdom and compassion are sometimes spoken of as the two wings of a bird—we need both of them to fly. We can nurture these qualities in how we engage our life as a field of practice. For the most part, the barriers we encounter and the sources of our suffering are created […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 10, 2023
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

Self-Doubt and Profound Trust

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

February 11, 2023
Zen Center of New York City
Since every dharma practitioner already possesses Buddha nature, the teachings encourage us to practice with confidence and faith. This allows us to enter more deeply and freely into our meditation and study, and to aspire to enlightenment. However, a great many Western practitioners carry strong currents of self-doubt, self-criticism and even self-hatred.[…]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 18, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

February 18, 2023
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—February 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20 - 26, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20 - 26, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 25, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 26, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Weekend Sesshin—Ango Opening

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 3 - 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Touching the Earth: Journey to Prospect Park

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 4, 2023
Prospect Park
Urban dwellers, isn’t it wonderful that we can stay right here in city to get more deeply in touch with nature and ground ourselves in our earth bodies? This community gathering will take us on a journey and exploration of Prospect Park, one of NYC's oldest and most iconic parks located in the heart of Brooklyn. In […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 10 - 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Dharma Gates: Living a Zen Path

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 15 - 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
In collaboration with Dharma Gates, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to opening pathways into formal meditation training for people ages 18-30, Zen Mountain Monastery is offering a 5-day immersion in the path of Zen Buddhism.  Zen is a practice of discovering our natural inner clarity and learning how to bring this into our everyday life […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—March 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 27 - April 2, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Founding Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 27 - April 2, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Note: If you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call or email the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

April 7 - 9, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Just So—An Introduction to Mahamudra Teachings

with Judy Lief

April 13 - 16, 2023
Mahamudra challenges us to take a fresh view of the world. It is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous […]

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 18 - 23, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—April 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 24 - 30, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Apple Blossom Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

April 24 - 30, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

May 5 - 7, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—May 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 22 - 28, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Shuso Hossen/Ocean Gathering Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

May 22 - 28, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 2 - 4, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Touching Liberation Together — Sesshin for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC)

with Chimyo Atkinson, Osho, Degna Chikei Levister and Prabu Gikon Vasan

June 8 - 11, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Please join us for the MRO’s first BIAPOC-only sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery.  In this silent retreat, we hope to create a safe affinity space for members who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC). New or more experienced BIAPOC practitioners are welcome to join us. Together, we will embrace the liberatory […]

Further Steps Along the Path of Zen: Exploring Wisdom and Compassion

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 16 - 18, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Within the dharma, wisdom and compassion are sometimes spoken of as the two wings of a bird—we need both of them to fly. We can nurture these qualities in how we engage our life as a field of practice. For the most part, the barriers we encounter and the sources of our suffering are created […]
June 2015 ZMM Work Practice-Garden

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 30 - July 2, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 14 - 16, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that […]

The Art of Breathing Into Expression: RESCHEDULED

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 21 - 23, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
If each stroke is our entire breath, how dare we correct it? —Kaz Tanahashi Breath is a vital life force and is intimately related to our awareness. To breathe is to be alive! Zazen, a form of seated meditation, is at the very heart of Zen practice. We tend to see body, breath, and mind as […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

August 4 - 6, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 8 - 13, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here…

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 14 - 20, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in the basic principles of the kyudo form as well as formless aspects of Kyudo as a meditation practice. This retreat is designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere…

Beginners Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 15 - 20, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Through meticulous attention to detail, all aspects of the Kyudo form and movements provide a subtle mirror of the self, as well as an opportunity for deep study. In this outstanding retreat, beginners will receive training in the Seven Coordinations…

The Ten Thousand Things—Winter Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 3 - 17, 2023
ONLINE
Everything we encounter provides the opportunity to meet the creative source. It is right here in ourselves always standing at the gateway of awe. It will take a risk, to be sure, a risk whose name we may know as surrender, as dying to the known, as we are welcomed to our true home[…]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 3 - 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Seniors

February 8, 2023
ONLINE
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Exploring Wisdom and Compassion: Further Steps Along the Path of Zen

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 10 - 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Within the dharma, wisdom and compassion are sometimes spoken of as the two wings of a bird—we need both of them to fly. We can nurture these qualities in how we engage our life as a field of practice. For the most part, the barriers we encounter and the sources of our suffering are created […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 10, 2023
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—February 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20 - 26, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20 - 26, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

February 26, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Weekend Sesshin—Ango Opening

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 3 - 5, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen...

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 10 - 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Dharma Gates: Living a Zen Path

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 15 - 19, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
In collaboration with Dharma Gates, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to opening pathways into formal meditation training for people ages 18-30, Zen Mountain Monastery is offering a 5-day immersion in the path of Zen Buddhism.  Zen is a practice of discovering our natural inner clarity and learning how to bring this into our everyday life […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—March 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 27 - April 2, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Founding Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 27 - April 2, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Note: If you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call or email the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

April 7 - 9, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Just So—An Introduction to Mahamudra Teachings

with Judy Lief

April 13 - 16, 2023
Mahamudra challenges us to take a fresh view of the world. It is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous […]

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 18 - 23, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—April 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 24 - 30, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Apple Blossom Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

April 24 - 30, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

May 5 - 7, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—May 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 22 - 28, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Shuso Hossen/Ocean Gathering Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

May 22 - 28, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 2 - 4, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Touching Liberation Together — Sesshin for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC)

with Chimyo Atkinson, Osho, Degna Chikei Levister and Prabu Gikon Vasan

June 8 - 11, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Please join us for the MRO’s first BIAPOC-only sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery.  In this silent retreat, we hope to create a safe affinity space for members who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIAPOC). New or more experienced BIAPOC practitioners are welcome to join us. Together, we will embrace the liberatory […]

Further Steps Along the Path of Zen: Exploring Wisdom and Compassion

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 16 - 18, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Within the dharma, wisdom and compassion are sometimes spoken of as the two wings of a bird—we need both of them to fly. We can nurture these qualities in how we engage our life as a field of practice. For the most part, the barriers we encounter and the sources of our suffering are created […]
June 2015 ZMM Work Practice-Garden

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 30 - July 2, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 14 - 16, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that […]

The Art of Breathing Into Expression: RESCHEDULED

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 21 - 23, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
If each stroke is our entire breath, how dare we correct it? —Kaz Tanahashi Breath is a vital life force and is intimately related to our awareness. To breathe is to be alive! Zazen, a form of seated meditation, is at the very heart of Zen practice. We tend to see body, breath, and mind as […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

August 4 - 6, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 8 - 13, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here…

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 14 - 20, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in the basic principles of the kyudo form as well as formless aspects of Kyudo as a meditation practice. This retreat is designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere…

Beginners Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 15 - 20, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Through meticulous attention to detail, all aspects of the Kyudo form and movements provide a subtle mirror of the self, as well as an opportunity for deep study. In this outstanding retreat, beginners will receive training in the Seven Coordinations…

Service to the Temple: A Half Day of Zazen & Volunteering

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Patrick Yunen Kelly

February 4, 2023
ZCNYC
Working together is part of our life and part of our practice. It allows us to honor and care for the sacred space that Fire Lotus Temple provides in our city. Please join with community for this morning beginning with zazen practice and then moving into work together. There is work available for all skills […]

Self-Doubt and Profound Trust

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

February 11, 2023
Zen Center of New York City
Since every dharma practitioner already possesses Buddha nature, the teachings encourage us to practice with confidence and faith. This allows us to enter more deeply and freely into our meditation and study, and to aspire to enlightenment. However, a great many Western practitioners carry strong currents of self-doubt, self-criticism and even self-hatred.[…]

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 18, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

February 18, 2023
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 25, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Touching the Earth: Journey to Prospect Park

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 4, 2023
Prospect Park
Urban dwellers, isn’t it wonderful that we can stay right here in city to get more deeply in touch with nature and ground ourselves in our earth bodies? This community gathering will take us on a journey and exploration of Prospect Park, one of NYC's oldest and most iconic parks located in the heart of Brooklyn. In […]

The Ten Thousand Things—Winter Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 3 - 17, 2023
ONLINE
Everything we encounter provides the opportunity to meet the creative source. It is right here in ourselves always standing at the gateway of awe. It will take a risk, to be sure, a risk whose name we may know as surrender, as dying to the known, as we are welcomed to our true home[…]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Seniors

February 8, 2023
ONLINE
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 10, 2023
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 18, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—February 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20 - 26, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Half-Day Sit (online)

February 25, 2023
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—March 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 27 - April 2, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—April 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 24 - 30, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—May 2023

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 22 - 28, 2023
ONLINE
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...