Online Programs

For the Health and Safety of All

At this time, Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of NYC are 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. 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 and our podcast.  If you are not currently receiving our weekly newsletter, you can add your name to either of our mailing lists here.

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

All of the following programs are offered at low cost or 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.



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.


Each Monday, 6:30pm – 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.

Each Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8pm
Sangha Practice Group
Senior lay students will be present to help lead this conversation on what we’re experiencing at this time.
The reading for Wednesdays will be from The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah. (Click for a free PDF.)
Click here to join.

Thursdays – Poetry Practice with Mn. Rakusan – see below.
Fridays – Art Practice with Hojin Sensei – see below.

Sunday, June 7, 9am – 12pm
ZMM Morning Program via

9am – 9:30am   Morning Service
9:30 – 10:50am   Two periods of zazen and walking meditation
11am – 11:50am   Senior’s Talk with Prabu Gikon Vasan


Note:  Beginning Instruction will be offered over Zoom from 9:45-10:45am. A great opportunity for those new to Zen practice.
Click here to signup.

See below for advice on how to listen to a talk or dharma teaching online.


Thursday, June 4, 11am -12pm
Poetry Salon with Mn. Rakusan Ricci
Click here to sign up. (Newcomers welcome. Past participants can use the same link they have used in the past to join.)

Thursday, June 4, 7pm – 8:30pm
Sangha conversations on racial oppression and the challenges of our times
In this time of continued and heightened violence against Black Americans we invite the Sangha to gather via Zoom on Thursday evening to talk, witness, support each other, and give our voices and bodies to working for true equity and justice.

We will begin at 7:00pm with some brief welcoming words, after which we will break up into smaller groups for more in-depth discussions. Those who identify as BIPOC will meet in groups while those who identify as White will do the same in White Affinity groups. This is an opportunity to take refuge in the Sangha Treasure so we can better hold and face the pain and anger we might be feeling, and so be better instruments for change.
Please click here for a Zoom registration link.
Friday, June 5, 10:30am – 12pm
It’s Alive! Continuing Weekly Art Practice Sessions over Zoom
Friday, June 5, 6:30 – 8pm
The Study of the Self: Challenges on the Path
with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker
“The Great Way itself is not difficult.” So why does it often seem so hard? In this evening seminar, we’ll look at the Buddha’s Teachings on the Three Poisons and Five Hindrances, and how these teachings can inform our understanding of the challenges we find in our own practice.
Click here for more info and registration.

Saturday, June 6, 10am – noon and 1:30 – 3pm
Expressing the Sacred at Home: Invocation, Vow and Liturgy for Home Practitioners (via Zoom)
with Shugen Roshi
This daylong retreat combines talks, discussions, and practical training to consider different facets of Zen liturgy. We’ll examine the elements, function, and teaching of the altar; the underlying structure of a service; invocation and the practice of chanting with the whole body and mind; liturgy as an expression of gratitude; and the role of liturgy in the wider context of Zen spiritual practice.
Click here for more info and registration.

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30pm – 8pm
Joy & Delight: Reading, Writing, Poetry & Meditation
with Christian McEwen and Hojin Sensei
“The movement is from delight to wisdom and not vice versa,” wrote the poet, Seamus Heaney. At this strange fraught time, whether you are still sheltering at home, or have begun to venture out into a rapidly changing world, “delight” can seem both precious and elusive. Join Hojin & Christian for a brief workshop, focusing, in part, on the poetry of joy, and come away refreshed and energized.
Click here for more info and registration.

Thursday, June 11, 7pm – 8:30pm
Ecodharma study sessions
Our final session of group study looking at David Loy’s Ecodharma. Ongoing participants can sign up through the Sangha Practice Group link on the ango page if they have not done so already.

Friday, June 19, 6:30 – 8pm
The Practice of Faith
with Mn. Shoan Ankele
More info and registration link coming soon.

Saturday, June 20, 2pm – 4:30pm
Chado: The Way of Tea
with Andrew Hobai Pekarik
An exploration and celebration of the art of Japanese tea ceremony. Hobai has been studying chado since the 1970s and his infectious enthusiasm for the subject has now been passed on to a generation of practitioners at ZMM and ZCNYC. This is the first tea retreat that we know of to be taking place over Zoom. An experiment 400 years in the making!
Click here for more information and registration.
June 22-28
One Continuous Thread: Summer Solstice Meditation Intensive
with Shugen Roshi and Hojin Sensei
Registration link will be available soon.

One-to-one Meetings with Teachers and Seniors

Sign up for a 20 minute meeting with a teacher via Zoom.
(For MRO Students)

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


One-to-one Meetings with Seniors
The following senior lay students are available for one-on-one phone or video calls. During these unusual and stressful times you may find it helpful to speak with a lay practitioner about tending to your practice or taking care of the challenges that life is presenting these days. Please email if interested and someone will get back to you. This opportunity is open to anyone who identifies as a sangha member, regardless of any formal affiliation.

Chris Yudo Abraham, Michelle Seigei Spark, Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Maureen Jisho Ford, Patrick Yunen Kelly, Prabu Gikon Vasan, Michael Chizen Brown

How to listen to a dharma teaching online

Dharma Discourse (Teisho) and Dharma talks are sometimes said to be dark to the mind and radiant to the heart. They require a certain kind of listening that is open and receptive.
To help yourself receive the talk fully, allow yourself to settle into a zazen posture and remain still. You can engage the speaker with eye your eyes, as you would if you were present with them in person. Allow the talk to flow in, releasing any narratives, comments or internal dialogues. Received in this spirit of openness, dharma talks can speak directly to our awakened mind.