For the Health and Safety of All


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

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (845) 688-2228 or

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.


Evening Zazen — Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — 7:30pm – 9pm

Morning Zazen — Wednesday through Saturday — 5am – 6:30am

Click here to join the residents and monastics of Zen Mountain Monastery over Livestream.
The stream will become live about 15 minutes before the period begins.


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. 
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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.
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Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm – 9pm
          Fusatsu: Renewal of Vows Ceremony
          with Shugen Roshi
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Friday, April 10, 10:30am – 11:30am
Creative Expression Session III: Where do we draw the Line (via Zoom)
with Hojin Sensei
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Friday, April 10, 3pm – 4pm
Sangha Practice Group
Senior lay students will be present to help lead this conversation on what we’re experiencing at this time.
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Friday, April 10, 7pm – 8:30pm
The Quiet in the Eye of the Storm: Zazen and Anxiety
with Mn. Shoan Ankele
During this Zoom seminar, we’ll look at zazen as a practice of unconditional acceptance, of complete embodiment, and of meeting our heart-mind as it is. We’ll examine our ideas of “good zazen” or of what “should be happening,” and see where they may be limiting our practice. We’ll also look at how other elements of practice, like taking refuge and cultivating bodhichitta, can help our zazen open up so that there is space for everything. From within that space, healing, resilience, and the true vow of the bodhisattva have room to take root and blossom. 
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Saturday, April 11,  10am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3pm
Mountains and Rivers Sutra
Buddhist Studies with Shugen Roshi and the resident sangha
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Sunday April 12, 9am – 12pm
ZMM Morning Program via

9am – 9:30am   liturgy service
9:35am – 10:55   zazen
11am – 11:50   Dharma discourse with Shugen Roshi 
Noon – we will make a Zoom link available for those watching on Livestream who would like to continue the conversation after the talk.

Note: Hojin Sensei will offer Beginning Instruction over Zoom from 9:45-10:45am. A great opportunity for those new to Zen practice.
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Sunday, April 12, 1pm
Shugen Roshi on Buddhist end-of-life rituals
Sometime last years, the Diamond Net group asked Shugen Roshi to give a talk on Buddhist customs and practices for those who transitioning and those who are mourning. We hope you can join us for this always-timely and fascinating topic.

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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:; 845-688-2228 

ONGOING: Morning & Evening Zazen & Service 
Livestreamed from the zendo. (No pre-registration required.)
4:55am – 7:00am 7:30pm – 9:00pm



Monday, April 13, 7pm – 8pm
        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.


Tuesday, April 14, 3pm – 4:30pm
Taking Refuge in Sangha
With Hogen Green, Sensei
The primary practice of all Buddhist traditions—and in fact, the fundamental step of anyone wishing to commit to the path—is taking refuge in the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. But what does it mean specifically to take refuge in sangha? How is my practice linked to your practice? Is it like trees in a forest with deep underground roots? This afternoon session with Hogen Sensei explores these and many other questions.
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Thursday, April 16, 7pm – 9pm
Ecodharma, Session III
Our continuing study of David Loy’s Ecodharma.
Ongoing participants should register through the Practice Group page if they have not already.


Friday, April 17, 6:30pm – 8pm
An Evening of Poems from the First Buddhist Women
with Hojin Sensei
The Therigatha are a collection of poems by the first Buddhist women ordained at the time of the Buddha. Let us join together for this evening to bring these womens’ poems to life and see how much they may delight us today and experience how they are also able to change how we see ourselves. 
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Saturday, April 18, 3pm – 4pm
Afternoon tea with Monastics Rakusan and Hokyu
Let’s step away from the news, pause from trying to be productive, and just join together for a nice cup of tea, shall we? Rakusan and Hokyu will lead this hour of steeping and sipping with stories from their study of tea ceremony and their love of tea in general. Participants are encouraged to show off their favorite cup or kettle and describe their favorite brews and blends. 
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