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

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...

Active Hope: A Six-Part Series, Based on the Work of Joanna Macy

with Amy Shoko Brown

July 13 - August 17, 2020
 Joanna Macy’s book, Active Hope, offers a way to strengthen our capacity to face our world crises so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.  Meetings provide a structure for sangha practice with what Macy calls "The Work That Reconnects" - coming from gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth in facing the mess we’re in.  While there will be some discussion, we’ll focus on experientials and heart-felt sharing...

Sacred Activity: A Seminar on Work Practice

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker and Prabu Gikon Vasan

July 16, 2020
Work is something most of us spend a lot of our time engaging; a fundamental human activity. With the intention to wake up to our life, we can find ways to use work as a gate of practice: a way to study the self and to see more and more clearly. This is not easy, or simple. Most of us have a lot of conditioning around work...

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend (Online)

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 17 - 19, 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 Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 20 - 26, 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

July 26, 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 Still Point

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 31, 2020
“We seem to have lost the ability to just be quiet, to simply be present in the stillness that is the foundation of our lives. Yet if we never get in touch with that stillness, we never fully experience our lives.”  —Daido Roshi This evening retreat offers the chance to develop your relationship to zazen. We’ll do this through exploring meditation as well as guided study and reflection. We will look at the subtleties of meditation posture, at ancient and contemporary teachings on mindfulness meditation and at zazen as a practice of training the mind...

Half-Day Sit

with MRO Seniors

August 1, 2020
Zazen is the art of being. Being is a simple thing; it is the act of existing conscious and aware and to be taken underneath the conceptual mind, to the heart of the miracle of being. Let us reach our deepest, most direct experience of being together creating a refuge to live and meet the challenges and joys of letting go...

Green Bodhisattva Poetry

with Margaret Gibson

August 6, 2020
In this workshop we’ll explore how the practice of poetry can open up a Bodhisattva way of being with the planet: acknowledging the undeniable new fact of life: climate crisis. We will explore how the practice of poetry can assist in keeping our minds and hearts focused and open, our power of attention awake and intimate, writing poems that demonstrate interdependence...

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…

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend (Online)

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 14 - 16, 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 Shugen Roshi & Hojin 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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin 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 Shugen Roshi & Hojin 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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin 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...