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

Fall Ango 2022

September 4 - November 20, 2022
Ango is a wonderful time to work toward making our lives more unified with practice. In addition to practicing moment-to-moment awareness in your daily activities, what other ways can you bring yourself into contact with the dharma during the day? Let this question guide you as you formulate your commitments for the training period...

BIAPoC Gathering—Black Buddhism and Black Liberation

with Rima Vesely-Flad

October 5, 2022
ONLINE
This gathering is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or as Person of Color/Culture (BIAPoC). Thank you! Following up on the recent seminar Rima offered to the MRO sangha, the BIAPoC affinity groups are hosting this gathering with Rima to explore the themes and questions presented through her teaching. These include exploring […]

Movie Night – Black Art: In the Absence of Light

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In 1976, the African American artist and scholar David Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibit “Two Centuries of Black American Art.” According to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Driskell’s exhibit “simultaneously consolidated the history of the canon of African American artists, and it launched a revolution in Black representation as well.” Please join us on Friday, October […]

The Miraculous Moon—Ango Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7 - November 11, 2022
ONLINE
In a mountain field    Enthralled, so enthralled.    Returning all the way home Accompanied by the       Autumn moon.   —Otagaki Rengetsu We gather online for these Dharma and Art sessions working from our home studios, taking up various mediums of expression, with prompts offered to inspire our creative juices and imagination[…]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

October 7 - 9, 2022
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 […]

Exactly As It Is: The Art Practice of Breathing Into Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 8, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In zazen, after settling into a mountain mudra posture, we locate the breath as it moves through the body, then place our full awareness on it. We allow the breath to breathe, naturally. As thoughts appear, we can see their nature without attaching or suppressing; we release all that arises into the oceanic rhythm of the breath. Mindfully breathing, we can discover the way to be fully present and perhaps touch the experience of just resting, moment to moment, in what is—all-inclusive. […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

October 9, 2022
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. […]

Embodied Awakening of Silent Illumination

with Guo Gu

October 13 - 16, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
Over the centuries, Chan Buddhism has developed a distinct approach and language of awakening that is free from the shackles of gradual stages of practice, proliferations of theories, and the very limits of words and language, demonstrating the autonomy of Chan from the rest of the Buddhist tradition. Chan abandoned the complex descriptive terminology of […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 14, 2022
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 […]

Coming Into Balance

with Robyn Ikyo Love

October 15, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
The Yoga Sūtra teaches us that there is a direct relationship between effort and ease in our bodies and our capacity to realize ourselves. We do specific postures (āsana) and breathe in particular ways (prānāyāma) so we can cultivate this stable state of strength and flexibility. Moving and breathing, we invite balance in our system […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

October 16, 2022
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

October 16, 2022
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. […]

Exploring Ancestors—A TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Discussion

October 19, 2022
ONLINE
Come join the launch of our TGNC Affinity Group—A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Community. Each quarter we will explore a topic related to TGNC identity and Buddhist practice. Following a brief presentation, we will have an opportunity for open discussion and sharing. The […]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 19, 2022
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…

Ango Intensive: The Bodies of Buddha

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

October 20 - 23, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
In Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle, The Moon, he writes: Shakyamuni Buddha said, ‘Buddha’s true dharma body as it is, is open sky. In response to things, forms appear. Thus is the moon in water.’ Master Linji also taught: There is a true person of no rank, going in and out of the senses. What is the […]

Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation

with Ben Connelly

October 20, 2022
ZCNYC
Dive into this empowering approach to freedom from suffering and from harmful personal and social patterns—and find peace and joyfulness in the present. In his new book, Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures,” a plain-English commentary, Ben Connelly shows the power of integrating early Buddhist psychology with […]

Online Ango Intensive: Bodies of Buddha

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

October 21 - 23, 2022
ONLINE
In Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle, The Moon, he writes: Shakyamuni Buddha said, ‘Buddha’s true dharma body as it is, is open sky. In response to things, forms appear. Thus is the moon in water.’ Master Linji also taught: There is a true person of no rank, going in and out of the senses. What is the […]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

October 22, 2022
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)

October 22, 2022
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

October 23, 2022
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—October 2022

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

October 24 - 30, 2022
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...

Harvest Sesshin

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

October 24 - 30, 2022
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)

October 29, 2022
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

October 30, 2022
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. […]

Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra

with Paula Arai

November 3, 2022
ONLINE
Japanese biologist and visionary artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) painted the resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality. Expressing the interdependent, impermanent, and empty nature of phenomena, he shaped the words of the Heart Sutra into imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

November 4 - 6, 2022
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 […]

Inwood Hill Park Exploration and Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Joshin Del Valle and Sanzen Cole

November 5, 2022
Inwood Hill Park
Let’s come together as a sangha in Inwood Hill Park to learn about the history of the land we live and walk upon here in NYC and experience it intimately and directly. The day will include walking, time to eat together, and a simple art practice. Situated at the tip of Manhattan, the 196-acre park […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 6, 2022
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. […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 8 - 13, 2022
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…

A Lineage of Fearless Resilience: Honoring the History of Trans BIAPOC Elders

with Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) Sangha

November 10, 2022
ONLINE
A Lineage of Fearless Resilience: Honoring the History of Trans BIAPoC Elders Sponsored by MRO’s Transgender and BIAPoC Affinity Groups and open to the whole sangha. The evening will feature an hour long presentation on the history of Transgender BIAPoC elders, a rich ancestry that speaks to everyone seeking to live an authentic life, often at great odds with the world around them. The program will also include some short periods of sitting and opportunities for reflection and communal engagement.

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 13, 2022
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

November 13, 2022
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—November 2022

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

November 14 - 20, 2022
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 Sesshin

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

November 14 - 20, 2022
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)

November 19, 2022
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

November 20, 2022
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. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

November 25 - 27, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 27, 2022
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. […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 2 - 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
After he left his family's home to seek liberation from suffering, Shakyamuni Buddha spent some years studying with spiritual teachers and engaging in extreme ascetic practices. Through it all, he remained unsatisfied that he had resolved his search. Inspired by a memory of an experience of deep, easeful meditation he'd experienced in his youth, he […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 4, 2022
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

December 4, 2022
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 […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 9 - 11, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 11, 2022
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. […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 18, 2022
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

December 18, 2022
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 […]

Fall Ango 2022

September 4 - November 20, 2022
Ango is a wonderful time to work toward making our lives more unified with practice. In addition to practicing moment-to-moment awareness in your daily activities, what other ways can you bring yourself into contact with the dharma during the day? Let this question guide you as you formulate your commitments for the training period...

BIAPoC Gathering—Black Buddhism and Black Liberation

with Rima Vesely-Flad

October 5, 2022
ONLINE
This gathering is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or as Person of Color/Culture (BIAPoC). Thank you! Following up on the recent seminar Rima offered to the MRO sangha, the BIAPoC affinity groups are hosting this gathering with Rima to explore the themes and questions presented through her teaching. These include exploring […]

The Miraculous Moon—Ango Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7 - November 11, 2022
ONLINE
In a mountain field    Enthralled, so enthralled.    Returning all the way home Accompanied by the       Autumn moon.   —Otagaki Rengetsu We gather online for these Dharma and Art sessions working from our home studios, taking up various mediums of expression, with prompts offered to inspire our creative juices and imagination[…]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

October 7 - 9, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

October 9, 2022
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. […]

Embodied Awakening of Silent Illumination

with Guo Gu

October 13 - 16, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
Over the centuries, Chan Buddhism has developed a distinct approach and language of awakening that is free from the shackles of gradual stages of practice, proliferations of theories, and the very limits of words and language, demonstrating the autonomy of Chan from the rest of the Buddhist tradition. Chan abandoned the complex descriptive terminology of […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 14, 2022
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 […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

October 16, 2022
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

October 16, 2022
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. […]

Exploring Ancestors—A TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Discussion

October 19, 2022
ONLINE
Come join the launch of our TGNC Affinity Group—A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Community. Each quarter we will explore a topic related to TGNC identity and Buddhist practice. Following a brief presentation, we will have an opportunity for open discussion and sharing. The […]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 19, 2022
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…

Ango Intensive: The Bodies of Buddha

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

October 20 - 23, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
In Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle, The Moon, he writes: Shakyamuni Buddha said, ‘Buddha’s true dharma body as it is, is open sky. In response to things, forms appear. Thus is the moon in water.’ Master Linji also taught: There is a true person of no rank, going in and out of the senses. What is the […]

Online Ango Intensive: Bodies of Buddha

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

October 21 - 23, 2022
ONLINE
In Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle, The Moon, he writes: Shakyamuni Buddha said, ‘Buddha’s true dharma body as it is, is open sky. In response to things, forms appear. Thus is the moon in water.’ Master Linji also taught: There is a true person of no rank, going in and out of the senses. What is the […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

October 23, 2022
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—October 2022

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

October 24 - 30, 2022
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...

Harvest Sesshin

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

October 24 - 30, 2022
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

October 30, 2022
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. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

November 4 - 6, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 6, 2022
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. […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 8 - 13, 2022
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…

A Lineage of Fearless Resilience: Honoring the History of Trans BIAPOC Elders

with Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) Sangha

November 10, 2022
ONLINE
A Lineage of Fearless Resilience: Honoring the History of Trans BIAPoC Elders Sponsored by MRO’s Transgender and BIAPoC Affinity Groups and open to the whole sangha. The evening will feature an hour long presentation on the history of Transgender BIAPoC elders, a rich ancestry that speaks to everyone seeking to live an authentic life, often at great odds with the world around them. The program will also include some short periods of sitting and opportunities for reflection and communal engagement.

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 13, 2022
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

November 13, 2022
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—November 2022

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

November 14 - 20, 2022
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 Sesshin

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

November 14 - 20, 2022
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

November 20, 2022
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. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

November 25 - 27, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

November 27, 2022
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. […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 2 - 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
After he left his family's home to seek liberation from suffering, Shakyamuni Buddha spent some years studying with spiritual teachers and engaging in extreme ascetic practices. Through it all, he remained unsatisfied that he had resolved his search. Inspired by a memory of an experience of deep, easeful meditation he'd experienced in his youth, he […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 4, 2022
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

December 4, 2022
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 […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 9 - 11, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 11, 2022
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. […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 18, 2022
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

December 18, 2022
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 […]

Movie Night – Black Art: In the Absence of Light

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In 1976, the African American artist and scholar David Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibit “Two Centuries of Black American Art.” According to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Driskell’s exhibit “simultaneously consolidated the history of the canon of African American artists, and it launched a revolution in Black representation as well.” Please join us on Friday, October […]

Exactly As It Is: The Art Practice of Breathing Into Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 8, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In zazen, after settling into a mountain mudra posture, we locate the breath as it moves through the body, then place our full awareness on it. We allow the breath to breathe, naturally. As thoughts appear, we can see their nature without attaching or suppressing; we release all that arises into the oceanic rhythm of the breath. Mindfully breathing, we can discover the way to be fully present and perhaps touch the experience of just resting, moment to moment, in what is—all-inclusive. […]

Coming Into Balance

with Robyn Ikyo Love

October 15, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
The Yoga Sūtra teaches us that there is a direct relationship between effort and ease in our bodies and our capacity to realize ourselves. We do specific postures (āsana) and breathe in particular ways (prānāyāma) so we can cultivate this stable state of strength and flexibility. Moving and breathing, we invite balance in our system […]

Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation

with Ben Connelly

October 20, 2022
ZCNYC
Dive into this empowering approach to freedom from suffering and from harmful personal and social patterns—and find peace and joyfulness in the present. In his new book, Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures,” a plain-English commentary, Ben Connelly shows the power of integrating early Buddhist psychology with […]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

October 22, 2022
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)

October 22, 2022
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 (online)

October 29, 2022
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[…]

Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra

with Paula Arai

November 3, 2022
ONLINE
Japanese biologist and visionary artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) painted the resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality. Expressing the interdependent, impermanent, and empty nature of phenomena, he shaped the words of the Heart Sutra into imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life […]

Inwood Hill Park Exploration and Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Joshin Del Valle and Sanzen Cole

November 5, 2022
Inwood Hill Park
Let’s come together as a sangha in Inwood Hill Park to learn about the history of the land we live and walk upon here in NYC and experience it intimately and directly. The day will include walking, time to eat together, and a simple art practice. Situated at the tip of Manhattan, the 196-acre park […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

November 19, 2022
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[…]

Fall Ango 2022

September 4 - November 20, 2022
Ango is a wonderful time to work toward making our lives more unified with practice. In addition to practicing moment-to-moment awareness in your daily activities, what other ways can you bring yourself into contact with the dharma during the day? Let this question guide you as you formulate your commitments for the training period...

BIAPoC Gathering—Black Buddhism and Black Liberation

with Rima Vesely-Flad

October 5, 2022
ONLINE
This gathering is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or as Person of Color/Culture (BIAPoC). Thank you! Following up on the recent seminar Rima offered to the MRO sangha, the BIAPoC affinity groups are hosting this gathering with Rima to explore the themes and questions presented through her teaching. These include exploring […]

The Miraculous Moon—Ango Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7 - November 11, 2022
ONLINE
In a mountain field    Enthralled, so enthralled.    Returning all the way home Accompanied by the       Autumn moon.   —Otagaki Rengetsu We gather online for these Dharma and Art sessions working from our home studios, taking up various mediums of expression, with prompts offered to inspire our creative juices and imagination[…]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 14, 2022
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 […]

Exploring Ancestors—A TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Discussion

October 19, 2022
ONLINE
Come join the launch of our TGNC Affinity Group—A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the TGNC (Trans & Gender Non-Conforming) Community. Each quarter we will explore a topic related to TGNC identity and Buddhist practice. Following a brief presentation, we will have an opportunity for open discussion and sharing. The […]

Beginning Instruction—online

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 19, 2022
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…

Online Ango Intensive: Bodies of Buddha

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

October 21 - 23, 2022
ONLINE
In Dogen’s Shobogenzo fascicle, The Moon, he writes: Shakyamuni Buddha said, ‘Buddha’s true dharma body as it is, is open sky. In response to things, forms appear. Thus is the moon in water.’ Master Linji also taught: There is a true person of no rank, going in and out of the senses. What is the […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

October 22, 2022
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—October 2022

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

October 24 - 30, 2022
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)

October 29, 2022
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[…]

Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra

with Paula Arai

November 3, 2022
ONLINE
Japanese biologist and visionary artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) painted the resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality. Expressing the interdependent, impermanent, and empty nature of phenomena, he shaped the words of the Heart Sutra into imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—November 2022

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

November 14 - 20, 2022
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)

November 19, 2022
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[…]