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. and also for returning visitors on our Calendly page for zazen and Program Page for Sundays. 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

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

July 1 - 3, 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 […]

Half-Day Sit

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2, 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

July 3, 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. […]

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

July 7 - 10, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II  Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body […]

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed. A visionary and trailblazing figure who—inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her—began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, and strange works without precedent in painting. Please join us on Friday July 8 […]

Something About a Season—Summer Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - August 12, 2022
ONLINE
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. ~Wu-men~   The changing seasons of nature come forth on their own whether we ask then to or not. Each season, each […]

Solo Performance Premier

with Vangeline

July 9, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
On Saturday evening, Vangeline will perform a new solo work, followed by a Q&A with the artist. Please registration here for Saturday evening's performance. Attendees 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. You can see […]

Sunday Mornings with Beginning Instruction at Zen Mountain Monastery

July 10, 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

July 10, 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. […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy and Appreciation

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

July 15, 2022
ONLINE
A continuing series exploring Liturgy and the deep appreciation expressed for all that we are given. Liturgy can be one of the most intriguing and challenging aspects of Buddhist practice. Because liturgy in Zen is not based on the belief in a supreme being, it requires that we approach it with a genuine desire to […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 15 - 17, 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 […]

Illuminated Journal: Live Recordings & The Art of Noticing—A Dharma & Art Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 16, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
An illuminated journal is an invitation to a journey of intimacy with the world. Through the art of noticing and noting, we meet and discover anew our immediate surroundings. We may find ourselves noticing—for the first time—what's right in front of our eyes. […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

July 17, 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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 17, 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…

Half-Day Sit

July 23, 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

July 24, 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. […]

Interdependence Sesshin

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

July 25 - 31, 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, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—July 2022

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

July 25 - 31, 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

July 30, 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

July 31, 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. […]

Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—an evening at ZMM

with Rima Vesely-Flad

August 2, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S.  These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation.  Finally, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices […]

Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—online

with Rima Vesely-Flad

August 2, 2022
ONLINE
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S.  These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation.  Finally, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

August 5 - 7, 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 […]

Invoking Wonder: An Art Practice Retreat

with Hojin Sensei and Tess Kisei Edmonds, MRO

August 6, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In this art practice retreat, we will romp and play in the wonder of raw and found materials: twigs, bark, fabric, thread, rocks, and more. We will co-create and collaborate with these materials to fashion creations that put us in contact with all of our experience, alchemizing and bringing ourselves alive in the process […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

August 7, 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. […]

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 9 - 14, 2022
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 10 - 14, 2022
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…

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

August 14, 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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 14, 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…

Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Katie Yosha Scott-Childress

August 17 - 21, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
We are happy to again to welcome participants for this four-day clay retreat. We will begin working with wet clay and work through the week towards a day of glazing and Raku firing. This year we're celebrating this dynamic duo leading this retreat together for over 15 years! We’ll learn to form clay bowls by hand, landing […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy of the Heart Sutra

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

August 19, 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 […]

Half-Day Sit

August 20, 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 with Beginning Instruction at Zen Mountain Monastery

August 21, 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

August 21, 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. […]

Hazy Moon Sesshin

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

August 22 - 28, 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, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—August 2022

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

August 22 - 28, 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...

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

August 28, 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. […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 1 - 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
This meditation intensive provides a powerful container for exploring and developing your commitment to self-directed practice. The morning's schedule offers the support and strength of a traditional sesshin. In the afternoon and evening, the structure of the schedule lifts, allowing you to discover the power of practicing according to your own rhythms and deepest aspiration. […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

September 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. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

September 9 - 11, 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 […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—September 2022

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

September 26 - October 2, 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...

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

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

September 26 - October 2, 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...

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 […]

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 […]

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...

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…

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...

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

July 1 - 3, 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 […]

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

July 7 - 10, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II  Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body […]

Something About a Season—Summer Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - August 12, 2022
ONLINE
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. ~Wu-men~   The changing seasons of nature come forth on their own whether we ask then to or not. Each season, each […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy and Appreciation

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

July 15, 2022
ONLINE
A continuing series exploring Liturgy and the deep appreciation expressed for all that we are given. Liturgy can be one of the most intriguing and challenging aspects of Buddhist practice. Because liturgy in Zen is not based on the belief in a supreme being, it requires that we approach it with a genuine desire to […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 15 - 17, 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 […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 17, 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…

Interdependence Sesshin

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

July 25 - 31, 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, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—July 2022

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

July 25 - 31, 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...

Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—an evening at ZMM

with Rima Vesely-Flad

August 2, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S.  These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation.  Finally, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices […]

Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—online

with Rima Vesely-Flad

August 2, 2022
ONLINE
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S.  These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation.  Finally, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

August 5 - 7, 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 […]

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 9 - 14, 2022
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 10 - 14, 2022
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…

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 14, 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…

Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Katie Yosha Scott-Childress

August 17 - 21, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
We are happy to again to welcome participants for this four-day clay retreat. We will begin working with wet clay and work through the week towards a day of glazing and Raku firing. This year we're celebrating this dynamic duo leading this retreat together for over 15 years! We’ll learn to form clay bowls by hand, landing […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy of the Heart Sutra

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

August 19, 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 […]

Hazy Moon Sesshin

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

August 22 - 28, 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, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—August 2022

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

August 22 - 28, 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...

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 1 - 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
This meditation intensive provides a powerful container for exploring and developing your commitment to self-directed practice. The morning's schedule offers the support and strength of a traditional sesshin. In the afternoon and evening, the structure of the schedule lifts, allowing you to discover the power of practicing according to your own rhythms and deepest aspiration. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

September 9 - 11, 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 […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—September 2022

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

September 26 - October 2, 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...

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

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

September 26 - October 2, 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...

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 […]

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 […]

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...

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…

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...

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Half-Day Sit

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2, 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[…]

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed. A visionary and trailblazing figure who—inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her—began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, and strange works without precedent in painting. Please join us on Friday July 8 […]

Illuminated Journal: Live Recordings & The Art of Noticing—A Dharma & Art Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 16, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
An illuminated journal is an invitation to a journey of intimacy with the world. Through the art of noticing and noting, we meet and discover anew our immediate surroundings. We may find ourselves noticing—for the first time—what's right in front of our eyes. […]

Half-Day Sit

July 23, 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

July 30, 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[…]

Invoking Wonder: An Art Practice Retreat

with Hojin Sensei and Tess Kisei Edmonds, MRO

August 6, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
In this art practice retreat, we will romp and play in the wonder of raw and found materials: twigs, bark, fabric, thread, rocks, and more. We will co-create and collaborate with these materials to fashion creations that put us in contact with all of our experience, alchemizing and bringing ourselves alive in the process […]

Half-Day Sit

August 20, 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

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2, 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[…]

Something About a Season—Summer Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - August 12, 2022
ONLINE
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. ~Wu-men~   The changing seasons of nature come forth on their own whether we ask then to or not. Each season, each […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy and Appreciation

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

July 15, 2022
ONLINE
A continuing series exploring Liturgy and the deep appreciation expressed for all that we are given. Liturgy can be one of the most intriguing and challenging aspects of Buddhist practice. Because liturgy in Zen is not based on the belief in a supreme being, it requires that we approach it with a genuine desire to […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 17, 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…

Practice Discussion – July

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

July 22, 2022
Intended for Practicing Members but also open to training students, this group will offer support for those who would like to tap into a more intimate sense of community. This Sangha Group will be a place for discussion and support, with monastic Shoan serving as a facilitator and guide […]

Half-Day Sit

July 23, 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—July 2022

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

July 25 - 31, 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

July 30, 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[…]

Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—online

with Rima Vesely-Flad

August 2, 2022
ONLINE
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S.  These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation.  Finally, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 14, 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…

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Liturgy of the Heart Sutra

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

August 19, 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 […]

Half-Day Sit

August 20, 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—August 2022

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

August 22 - 28, 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...

Practice Discussion – September 2nd

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

September 2, 2022
Intended for Practicing Members but also open to training students, this group will offer support for those who would like to tap into a more intimate sense of community. This Sangha Group will be a place for discussion and support, with monastic Shoan serving as a facilitator and guide […]

Practice Discussion – September 23rd

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

September 23, 2022
Intended for Practicing Members but also open to training students, this group will offer support for those who would like to tap into a more intimate sense of community. This Sangha Group will be a place for discussion and support, with monastic Shoan serving as a facilitator and guide […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—September 2022

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

September 26 - October 2, 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...

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...

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...