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
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 – 8pm
Join the Fire Lotus Temple sangha for a monthly meeting designed for those who practice at ZCNYC. We’ll continue our ongoing conversation about how to safely practice side by side and, also, together at a distance. Click here to sign up over Zoom.

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

For the Love of Life: An Art Practice Series (over Zoom)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 3 - August 28, 2020
Buddhadharma teaches that our life can be experienced as a miraculous display of awakened nature in which all phenomenon spring from the same source, the ordinary magic of mind. In this new series, we will practice the wonder of how to meet the many aspects of ourselves, our materials, and objects with loving attention...

Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

August 8, 2020
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. Easily misunderstood as a simple list of rules, the Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in open-ended awareness and wisdom...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 9, 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 Three Marks of Existence: Buddha’s Teaching for Seeing Things as They Are

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

August 13, 2020
The Three Marks (impermanence, suffering, and no-self--sometimes taught as the Four Marks with the addition of nirvana) offer us a clear view of reality so we can liberate our delusion and live in peace. In a sense, all of Buddhist practice can be said to be a deepening understanding of these marks, moving from a more philosophical appreciation of them to a fully realized, deeply embodied experience. In this seminar, we'll draw on commentaries by contemporary teachers, our own personal reflection, and small group discussion to explore how we can use the marks as part of our daily practice.

Finding Time to Listen

with Christian McEwen

August 15, 2020
"And all the place there was grew out of listening." —Li Young-Lee. One of life’s great joys is finding time to listen -- whether to a beloved friend or family member, to one’s own quiet interior self, or to the many voices of the non-human world: birdsong, wild wind, river’s sweep, and more. This day we will identify sources for the listener’s delight, and share ways to grow them into poems, letters, stories.

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

August 17 - 23, 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 Interdependence Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 23, 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…

Garden Dharma—Part II: Flower Power

with Choke Yukon Grody

August 27, 2020
How does your garden grow? One answer is "miraculously." Another is "through the efforts of many." Our gardens are a testament to the community of innovators, horticulturalists, hobbyists and laborers stretching back over millennia. In this second installment of Garden Dharma, we'll stop to smell the flowers, so abundant at this time in the summer. Yukon will offer some tips and sources and ask others to share a few of their own. There will also be time for more general questions about organic gardening. Check out the Garden Dharma official video! 4-5:30pm Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session. Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.

Ecodharma: A New Buddhist Path?

with David Loy

September 3, 2020
Celebrated author, teacher and Buddhist philosopher David Loy applies the term "ecosattva" to the growing movement connecting dharma teachings to environmental activism. His 2019 book Ecodharma explicitly draws attention to the inherent questions prompted by this endeavor. Primarily, does Buddhism offer any special perspective on the ecological crisis? Our ecological emergency is not something the Buddha or Zen masters talked about, but their teachings have important implications for how we understand and respond to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. The retreat will focus on three aspects of the eco-crisis...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

September 11 - 13, 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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

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

September 21 - 27, 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 Interdependence 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

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 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

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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, 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 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

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...