Online Programs

For the Health and Safety of All

With a deep breath of relief and remembrance, we are increasingly adding in-person events to our calendar. Please refer to this web page (see below) for regularly updated information on programs at ZMM at ZCNYC, as wells as webcasts, online retreats, and other ways to connect. Our daily zazen and Sunday programs are accessible through Livestream. 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. Thank you for your practice!

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 Programs

Fall Ango 2021

September 7 - November 21, 2021
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...

Conscious Femininity & The Buddha Way: An Archetypal Journey for Women

with Sil Reynolds and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 14 - November 11, 2021
ONLINE
Open to those who self-identify as women.  "There is no sense talking about 'being true to yourself' until you are sure what voice you are being true to. It takes hard work to differentiate the voices of the unconscious."  —Marion Woodman Please join us for this journey into learning about and experiencing feminine archetypes and archetypical energy as a way to enter into our individual and collective uprise in consciousness and healing, with a new emphasis on "What is the Divine Feminine and How Can We Live Into Her?" […]

ON-SITE Awakening to Karma: How Karma Manifests as Our Life and Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 15 - 17, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
What does karma mean for our practice and for our own awakening? How does the relationship between karma and our life help us to foster a more compassionate way of living? To live in a more open and […]

ONLINE Awakening to Karma: How Karma Manifests as Our Life and Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

October 16, 2021
ONLINE
What does karma mean for our practice and for our own awakening? How does the relationship between karma and our life help us to foster a more compassionate way of living? To live in a more open and […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—October

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

October 18 - 24, 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...

Hara-Focused Body Practice—for BIPOC Sangha

with Mayumi Ishino

October 25 - November 8, 2021
ONLINE
This retreat is reserved those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or People of Color. Hara focused movements: visualizing an inner tree with breath. This series of simple movements and postures will deepen awareness of the lower abdomen (Hara). The center of this area is known as Tanden in Japanese and lower Dantian in Chinese. […]

The Middle Way: Opening the World of Creative Possibilities

with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

October 28, 2021
ONLINE
If someone were to ask you—What did the Buddha teach?—it would be accurate to say: “The middle way.” But what is that exactly? We may assume it refers to moderation, or that being in the “middle” means maintaining a neutral position on an issue. But it is important to understand that there is nothing neutral […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

October 29 - 31, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

ON-SITE Ango Intensive: Within Darkness there is Light—The Teachings of Karma and the Path of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

November 4 - 7, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
I am the owner of my karma; Heir to my karma; Born of my karma; Related to my karma; Abide support by my karma. Whatever karma I shall do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir. The Buddhist teachings on karma—arising from the profound enlightenment of the Buddha—are a central […]

ONLINE Ango Intensive: Within Darkness There Is Light—The Teachings of Karma and the Path of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

November 5 - 6, 2021
ONLINE
"I am the owner of my karma; Heir to my karma; Born of my karma; Related to my karma; Abide support by my karma. Whatever karma I shall do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir." The Buddhist teachings on karma—arising from the profound enlightenment of the Buddha—are a central […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 7, 2021
ONLINE
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…

True Refuge Week: Self-Directed Intensive Practice for MRO Students

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 9 - 14, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
All of Buddhist practice is leading us toward our true homecoming: the discovery that this very life, this very heart-mind and body, can be the source of our deepest fulfillment. Through training, and sincere, well-directed effort, as well as the support of a conducive environment, we can find that the refuge we seek is already here…

Ango Art Practice Series: The Changing of Things

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 12, 2021
ONLINE
If you’re new-welcome to this online art practice collaboration, you can start where you are! We’ll be working on Zoom, each of us from within our home studio, in whatever medium(s) you would like to explore. Hojin Sensei will guide us in zazen and with prompts to spark the creative impulse. Participate in the series […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—November

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

November 15 - 21, 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...

Decolonizing Buddha—A Conversation for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color (BIPOC)

with Eduardo Duran

November 24, 2021
ONLINE
Much of Buddhism in the west has been colonized by the simple fact that the Buddha has been transported into our communities via western ways of thinking. How western language works has a direct impact on how the teachings have been and continue to be transmitted[…]

Transgender Day of Resilience—Open to Trans, Gender-Nonconforming, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color

with Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) Sangha

November 27, 2021
Sponsored by the Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) Affinity Groups. The first half of this afternoon event is dedicated to the theme of Looking Back: Resilience and History, in which we will invoke our ancestors, learn about the contributions of Black, Latinx, and Asian Trans people to TGNC history and activism within the US, and experience the power of shared silence. In the second half, we turn our attention to Looking Forward: Community Building, to focus on mutual understanding through brave listening, small group explorations, and art exercises, providing us the tools we can use to meet the present moment.  

Transgender Day of Remembrance—Open to Everyone

with Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) Sangha

November 27, 2021
Please join us as the Trans and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) and Black, Indigenous, Asian and Peoples of Color and Culture (BIPOC) Affinity Groups will lead a vigil and call for social justice, via Zoom, in honor of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Begun in 1999 to commemorate the brutal murder of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman, […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 28, 2021
ONLINE
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

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 3 - 5, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]

Knowing How To Be Satisfied

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 9, 2021
Online
The Buddha said, "If you want to be free from suffering, you should contemplate knowing how much is enough. The dharma of knowing how to be satisfied is the realm of riches, comfort, peace and tranquility." Living in the realm of desire, a world of like and dislike, what is it to be satisfied? How […]

ON-SITE: Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 10 - 12, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
After he left his family's home to seek liberation from suffering, Shakyamuni Buddha spent some years studying with spiritual teachers and engaging in extreme ascetic practices. Through it all, he remained unsatisfied that he had resolved his search. Inspired by a memory of an experience of deep, easeful meditation he'd experienced in his youth, he […]

ONLINE: Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 10 - 12, 2021
ONLINE
After he left his family's home to seek liberation from suffering, Shakyamuni Buddha spent some years studying with spiritual teachers and engaging in extreme ascetic practices. Through it all, he remained unsatisfied that he had resolved his search. Inspired by a memory of an experience of deep, easeful meditation he'd experienced in his youth, he […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—December 2021

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

December 26 - 31, 2021
ONLINE
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...

Rohatsu Sesshin

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

December 26 - 31, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
In the Zen tradition, Rohatsu sesshin celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment and is traditionally the most intensive and challenging sesshin of the year. Each day begins well before dawn (3:45 am) and is a continuous practice of meditation throughout the day while sitting, walking, standing and lying down. There are from nine to eleven hours of […]

Bodhidharma Sesshin

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

February 21 - 27, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
For February sesshin, in the spirit of Bodhidharma, practitioners are invited to connect even more intimately with zazen through the offering of extended silence and self-reliance. Throughout the week, the emphasis is on zazen; no talks or face-to-face interviews will be scheduled. Instead, we will allow our practice to be led by the deep winter […]

Apple Blossom Sesshin

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

April 25 - May 1, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), silent work practice and talks by the […]

Sunday Services at Fire Lotus Temple

Open Dates
Zen Center of New York City
Fire Lotus Temple is once again holding Sunday services each week, in addition to weekday morning and evening zazen. If you are new to the Zen Center and have not had beginning instruction in seated meditation (zazen) in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO), we offer an orientation session as part of the morning program […]

Half-Day Sit: Resting Open

with MRO Seniors

October 30, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration and previous zazen instruction required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]

Zen Essentials: To Study the Self—Challenges of the Path

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

November 10, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
The Way itself is not difficult. So why do we so often find that practice is difficult? What is it that makes it seem hard? Where do we get stuck? How can we work with the obstacles we encounter? Can we see them as having the potential to teach us something about our self, to reveal the dharma and help us be free?

Half-Day Sit: Good Karma

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 13, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration and previous zazen instruction required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]