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

Sunday Services at Fire Lotus Temple

Open Dates
Zen Center of New York City
Fire Lotus Temple is once again holding Sunday services each week, in addition to weekday morning and evening zazen. If you are new to the Zen Center and have not had beginning instruction in seated meditation (zazen) in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO), we offer an orientation session as part of the morning program […]

Fall Ango 2021

September 7 - November 21, 2021
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...

Conscious Femininity & The Buddha Way: An Archetypal Journey for Women

with Sil Reynolds and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 16 - November 11, 2021
ONLINE
Open to those who self-identify as women.  "There is no sense talking about 'being true to yourself' until you are sure what voice you are being true to. It takes hard work to differentiate the voices of the unconscious."  —Marion Woodman Please join us for this journey into learning about and experiencing feminine archetypes and archetypical energy as a way to enter into our individual and collective uprise in consciousness and healing, with a new emphasis on "What is the Divine Feminine and How Can We Live Into Her?" […]

From the Land of the Buddha to the Middle Kingdom—The Emergence of the Chan Tradition (on-site)

with Elizabeth Morrison

September 17 - 19, 2021
ON-SITE: Zen Mountain Monastery
How did Indian Buddhist traditions make their way to China, beginning in the first century CE? How did Chinese Buddhists, deeply embedded in their own culture, receive and shape that inheritance over the next century? How did ongoing interactions and exchanges with Confucians and Daoists affect the rise of the distinctly Chinese schools of Buddhism, […]

From the Land of the Buddha to the Middle Kingdom—The Emergence of the Chan Tradition (online)

with Elizabeth Morrison

September 18, 2021
ONLINE
How did Indian Buddhist traditions make their way to China in approximately 150 CE? How did Chinese Buddhists, deeply embedded in their own culture, receive and shape that inheritance over the next century? How did ongoing interactions and exchanges with Confucians and Daoists affect the rise of the distinctly Chinese schools of Buddhism, such as […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 19, 2021
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…

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

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

September 20 - 26, 2021
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive – September 2021

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

September 20 - 26, 2021
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...

On-Site ZCNYC: Half-Day Sit—Like a Mountain

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 25, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration and previous zazen instruction required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]

Hara-Focused Body Practice—for BIPOC Sangha

with Mayumi Ishino

September 27 - November 8, 2021
ONLINE
This retreat is reserved those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or People of Color. Hara focused movements: visualizing an inner tree with breath. This series of simple movements and postures will deepen awareness of the lower abdomen (Hara). The center of this area is known as Tanden in Japanese and lower Dantian in Chinese. […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 28 - October 3, 2021
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…

Ango Art Practice Series: Karma

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 1 - November 12, 2021
ONLINE
If you’re new-welcome to this online art practice collaboration, you can start where you are! We’ll be working on Zoom, each of us from within our home studio, in whatever medium(s) you would like to explore. Hojin Sensei will guide us in zazen and with prompts to spark the creative impulse. Participate in the series […]

Online: Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

October 1 - 3, 2021
Online
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...

On-site ZCNYC: Seeing the Moon—Writing and the Art of Change

with Katherine Jifu Jamieson

October 2, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
In this writing workshop we’ll be exploring the theme of change and the wide range of responses it can evoke: grief, regret, renewal, and possibility. We’ll have time to write together in various forms and share our work as a way to make sense of the shifts we’re living through in these unique times.

On-Site ZCNYC: Half-Day Sit—Be One With

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 2, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration and previous zazen instruction required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]

ZCNYC Fusatsu (on-site)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 7, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a fusatsu ceremony at the Temple! This evening's renewal of vows ceremony will begin with a period of zazen, followed by a chanting service. Hojin Sensei will then offer a Dharma talk.

Drawing Breath (on-site at ZCNYC)

with Robyn Ikyo Love

October 9, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
A slowing down of our usual entry into Buddhist liturgy as a way to experience through the body-mind the import of the words we are giving voice to. “Invoking,” Bodhidharma is quoted as saying, “Comes from the mind. Chanting is centered in the mouth and appears as sound, and because invoking comes from the mind, it is called a door to awareness.” […]

ZMM: Awakening to Karma: How Karma Manifests as Our Life and Practice (on-site)

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 15 - 17, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
What does karma mean for our practice and for our own awakening? How does the relationship between karma and our life help us to foster a more compassionate way of living? To live in a more open and […]

Awakening to Karma: How Karma Manifests as Our Life and Practice (online)

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 16, 2021
Online
What does karma mean for our practice and for our own awakening? How does the relationship between karma and our life help us to foster a more compassionate way of living? To live in a more open and […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—October 2021

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

October 18 - 24, 2021
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...

The Middle Way—Opening the World of Creative Possibilities (Online)

with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

October 28, 2021
Online
If someone were to ask you—What did the Buddha teach?—it would be accurate to say: “The middle way.” But what is that exactly? We may assume it refers to moderation, or that being in the “middle” means maintaining a neutral position on an issue. But it is important to understand that there is nothing neutral […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend (on-site)

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 29 - 31, 2021
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 […]

On-Site Ango Intensive: Within Darkness there is Light—The Teachings of Karma and the Path of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

November 4 - 7, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
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Online Ango Intensive: Within Darkness There Is Light—The Teachings of Karma and the Path of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

November 5 - 6, 2021
Online and on-site at Zen Mountain Monastery
"I am the owner of my karma; Heir to my karma; Born of my karma; Related to my karma; Abide support by my karma. Whatever karma I shall do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir." The Buddhist teachings on karma—arising from the profound enlightenment of the Buddha—are a central […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 9 - 14, 2021
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—November 2021

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

November 15 - 21, 2021
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 15 - 21, 2021
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...