TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE MONASTERY AND ZEN CENTER DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
On March 13, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Board of Directors made decision to temporarily close both Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of NYC to the public. All scheduled retreats, sesshin and physical gatherings—such as daily zazen and the Sunday morning program—will be closed until it is safe for us to convene in person once again. In the meantime, like so many others around the world, we’ll be using the Internet to stay connected. We’ll be watching the situation carefully and sending frequent emails with news and updates. Please refer to this web page (see below) for updated information on webcasts and other ways to connect. You can also keep up with us through our blog at MountainRecord.org.
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. Everyone is also invited to continue listening to dharma teachings on the podcast, and we are considering other ways we might creatively use the Internet to deepen our ango training.
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. Here at the Monastery, we’ll be chanting the Four Immeasurables each morning, 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (845) 688-2228 or email@example.com
Livestream and Zoom
If you would like to join us for sitting via Livestream, please be encouraged to practice along with us as you would if you were present in person. We offer this service with the belief that sangha is connected to intention and participation. Your practice is of benefit to those of us within the Monastery, just as we hope (and dedicate) our practice to all beings throughout space and time. All of the following programs are offered without a fee requirement. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the registration process, or via our donation page. Thank you for your support.
Morning Zazen with Lay Seniors (via Zoom) Mondays through Saturdays, 7am – 8am These practice groups include two periods of zazen with a short break at the end and conclude with chanting the Four Immeasurables. You may join for one or both periods. Click here to join.
Wednesday, April 8, 6pm – 7pm Sangha Practice Group Senior lay students will be present to help lead this conversation on what we’re experiencing at this time. Click here to join,
Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm – 9pm Fusatsu: Renewal of Vows Ceremony with Shugen Roshi Join via Livestream.com/MRO
Friday, April 10, 10:30am – 11:30am Creative Expression Session III: Where do we draw the Line (via Zoom) with Hojin Sensei Click here to register
ONGOING: One-to-one Meetings with the Teachers
For MRO Students Sign up for a 20 minute meeting with a teacher via Zoom.
Shugen Roshi : Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1:30 and 3pm. (except during sesshin) Hojin Sensei : Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5:30pm and 7pm. (except during sesshin) Hogen Sensei: Saturdays and Mondays between 10 and 12pm. Email or call the registrar to schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org; 845-688-2228
ONGOING: Morning & Evening Zazen & Service Livestreamed from the zendo. (No pre-registration required.) 4:55am – 7:00am 7:30pm – 9:00pm Livestream.com/MRO