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, online retreats, and other ways to connect. 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.

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

Special Event

Ango BFOD/Anti-Racism Commitment Meeting with Shugen Roshi
Tuesday, September 15, 7-8:30 pm
This ango, all participants are being invited and challenged to take up anti-racism work as part of our dharma study by making a formal commitment. If you have questions, concerns, or just want to learn more about how this kind of work is an integral part of our spiritual practice and awakening, join Shugen Roshi for this gathering. Click here.

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.

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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. (Info meetings are also listed here.)

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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 Online Programs

Fall 2020 Ango

September 4 - November 22, 2020
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...

BIPOC Book Group: “My Grandmother’s Hands”

September 14 - November 16, 2020
The BIPOC sangha will be reading Resmaa Menakem's "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies." The book club will be largely a peer-exchange. Together, we will explore the book's concepts and the somatic body-centered practices to help liberate ourselves from racialized trauma. To learn more about the book, please visit Menakem's website: https://www.resmaa.com/books...

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in Practice

with Barbara Bash

September 19, 2020
How does Nonviolent Communications (NVC) work with a practice of exploring and engaging our responses to the conflicts and tensions of the samsaric world? Concepts and practices from NVC address our inner experiences as we engage with others and can support our bodhisattva vows to act in the world in a way that does not cause harm. In partnership with the buddhadharma, NVC can support our sangha as we lean into and communicate about the discomfort and vulnerability that arises in exploring issues of privilege, implicit bias, racism, class assumptions, and bias around gender and sexual identity...

Outdoor Sunday Service at the Monastery

September 20, 2020
Join the residential sangha for a socially-distanced outdoor Sunday service on the Monastery grounds.  Registration required, limited to 25 people on a first come, first serve basis.  Please no walk-ins.  You may arrive at any time after liturgy service ends, anytime between 9:30am and 10:45am.  We will not be able to offer any indoor bathroom […]

What is Whiteness Sangha Commitment Group studying “Me & White Supremacy”

September 20 - November 29, 2020
The MRO’s online What is Whiteness group studying “Me & White Supremacy” will hold a monthly meeting starting on Sunday September 20 from 1-2:30 pm via Zoom for those who identify as white. This will be part of an ongoing monthly inquiry - based in Dharma practice - into Whiteness and its many biases and blindspots, using the study guides provided[…]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 20, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

September 21 - 27, 2020
If registering after 3pm on Monday, 9/21 we may not be able to arrange a meeting with a teacher.
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 Mountains and Rivers Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

ZCNYC Sangha Meeting: Noble Path Talk & Paramita Study

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 1, 2020
For ZCNYC Sangha Members: Please join us for the upcoming Temple Sangha Meeting. Beginning with zazen, we’ll then listen to the first Noble Path Talk offered by Sandy Joshin DeValle, followed by an Introduction to Paramitas and the first paramita Dana, generosity.  The teachings of the Six Paramitas, qualities of mind of the Bodhisattva, the enlightened being who helps bring others to the other shore, the shore of liberation can be a great resource for us on our path always and especially now...

In Touch with Bodhisattvas: A Weekly Art Practice Series – October

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 2 - 30, 2020
For art practice during these three months of Ango we will focus on learning, reflecting, embodying and embracing the qualities of Bodhisattvas and then bringing to life in expression the energy that we receive. In this way, we can call in these qualities as we face our lives and what we may encounter...

Body of Practice / The Shape of Awake

with Hope Martin

October 3, 2020
"To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.” —Suzuki Roshi Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice. Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it’s a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this workshop, Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will help you develop ease and non-striving in meditation and other activities...

Half-Day Sit

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 3, 2020
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point by letting our body- mind and heart take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage-- the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not only survive, but thrive...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 4, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

The Power to Help, Not Harm

with Tenku Ruff

October 8, 2020
How we understand and use power affects every aspect of our lives. This interactive workshop introduces some of the core principles of The Right Use of Power, developed by Cedar Barstow. We will learn pragmatic and meaningful ways to apply these principles in our daily lives, such as the deep relief and nourishment that comes when finally making an apology, and looking within some of the power dynamics at work in the conflict between Black Lives Matter protesters, police, and the Proud Boys movement. We’ll explore how power is related to gender, race, privilege and hierarchy. And we’ll learn how to ask for, give, and receive a quality of feedback that allows the Sangha jewel to shine at its brightest...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 18, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

October 19 - 25, 2020
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 Harvest Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

October 30 - November 1, 2020
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...

Engaging the Circle: Dancing Across the Distance

with MK Abadoo

October 31, 2020
This intergenerational workshop invites participants to relish in the joy of movement by exploring the question: how do we embody the wisdom of being in a circle, from a distance? Circling is ancient, whether they occur in dances, community gatherings, within the ecosystems of our cells, and beyond. Circle practice encourages equanimity, reciprocity, accountability, deep seeing, feeling, sensing and sharing. Together, we will enliven our bodies to take up circling together by dancing together, as a creative expression of our interdependence.

Half-Day Sit

with MRO Seniors

October 31, 2020
A three hour practice of connecting with the still point by letting our body- mind and heart take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage-- the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not only survive, but thrive...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 1, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

In Touch with Bodhisattvas: A Weekly Art Practice Series – November

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 6 - 27, 2020
For art practice during these three months of Ango we will focus on learning, reflecting, embodying and embracing the qualities of Bodhisattvas and then bringing to life in expression the energy that we receive. In this way, we can call in these qualities as we face our lives and what we may encounter...

Ango Intensive: To Benefit Others—The Practice of a Bodhisattva

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

November 6 - 7, 2020
"Now that I have this great ship, a precious human life, so hard to obtain, I must carry myself and others across the ocean of samsara. To that end, to listen, reflect, and meditate day and night without distraction, Is the practice of a bodhisattva."-Ngulchu Thogme. To "carry myself and others across the ocean of samsara" is the great vow of the Bodhisattva: one who is on the path of Liberation for oneself and all beings. What better time to study the Bodhisattva Path then when we are in the midst of a global pandemic; a spiritual mandate to address our 400 hundred years of oppression of Black, Indigenous and People of Color; and a historically significant national election...

Milarepa: Lessons From the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi

with Judy Lief

November 13 - 14, 2020
"I am the yogi Milarepa, Who looked directly and saw the nakedness of my mind. Without complications, it is like the sky. See the sky and rest naturally, And you will be able to see the innermost nature of mind.” In this workshop, we will focus on what we can learn from Milarepa’s life, as it reflects on our own challenges as students and dharma practitioners. We will also explore some of his key teaching songs...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 15, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

November 16 - 22, 2020
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 Shuso Hossen Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

November 27 - 29, 2020
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...

Half-Day Sit

with MRO Seniors

November 28, 2020
A three hour practice of connecting with the still point by letting our body- mind and heart take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage-- the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not only survive, but thrive...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 29, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 13, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

December 26, 2020 - January 1, 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 Rohatsu Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

January 8 - 10, 2021
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

January 25 - 31, 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 Interdependence Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

February 5 - 7, 2021
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

February 22 - 28, 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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

March 22 - 28, 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...