Online Programs

For the Health and Safety of All

Please refer to this web page (see below) for updated information on 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 Online Programs

Spring 2021 Ango

March 7 - May 30, 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...

Ango Art Practice Series: All Forms are Buddha’s Sutras

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 30 - May 21, 2021
Often we think of faith in terms of having faith ‘in’ someone or something. This is one aspect. There is also the simple, pure experience of faith itself—the firsthand, body-mind affirming experience of faith or trust—not necessarily ‘in’ something, but rather as having faith or being faith itself.[…]

A BIPOC Conversation

with Larry Yang

May 12, 2021
We invite you to an evening of open dialogue with Larry Yang that will center the needs, experiences, and aspirations of those in the Mountain and Rivers Order who live outside of whiteness. We invite you if you are Black, if you are Indigenous, if you are Asian, if you are Latinx,  if you claim any identity that is marginalized by the embodied white supremacy that is present in most of the institutions and communities we are part of—including within our sangha. […]

Conscious Femininity: An Archetypal Journey for Women

with Sil Reynolds and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 13 - July 15, 2021
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 series of three sessions to take an incredible journey into learning about and experiencing feminine archetypes and archetypical energy as a way to enter our uprise in consciousness and healing. […]

Livelihood

with Mark Sando Mininberg

May 13, 2021
The word “livelihood” usually refers simply to how we earn our money. But in Zen our livelihood is how we work with the dharma—and how it’s working through each of us—in every moment of our lives. An aspect of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, Right Livelihood is integral to the practice of liberation from suffering. […]

Ango Intensive: At Ease Within Non-Perfection—Teachings of the “Faith Mind” Poem

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

May 14 - 15, 2021
The Faith in Mind (Hsin-hsin-ming) attributed to the 6th century Chan Master Jianzhi Sengcan, is one of the most enduring teachings in the literature of Zen Buddhism. Known for its beauty and insight it has been a favored teaching by many of the great past Zen Masters. The poem can be studied and engaged both on the level of practice instruction as well as direct pointing to the essential nature of reality[…]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 16, 2021
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…

ZCNYC Noble Path Talks and Sangha Study

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 20, 2021
For ZCNYC Sangha Members: Please join us for the upcoming Temple Sangha Meeting. Beginning with zazen, we’ll then listen to the eighth Noble Path Talk given by a sangha member, followed by introduction to the Faith Mind poem by Master Seng-tsan led by Hojin Sensei. These monthly gatherings give the ZCNYC sangha a chance to […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- May 2021

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

May 24 - 30, 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...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 30, 2021
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…

Trans- and Gender-Non Conforming (TGNC) Competency Training

June 3, 2021
This summer we are offering Trans- and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) competency training sessions, one on Thursday June 3 and one on Thursday August 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Particularly helpful for those who do not have a clear sense of TGNC identities, or for those who wish to deepen their understanding, we are offering this competency training for sangha members[…]

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

June 4 - 6, 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...

Half-Day Sit

June 5, 2021
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...

Yogacara: Integrating Healing and Liberation

with Ben Connelly

June 10, 2021
How can we heal ourselves and our communities? How does our personal conduct, wellness, suffering, and trauma, relate to interpersonal and transpersonal systems? How can we give our lives to universal liberation without sacrificing our own well-being? These are the questions at the heart of Yogacara Buddhism, which brings Early Buddhist and Mahayana practice into […]

Queering Buddhist Traditions

with Bee Scherer

June 12, 2021
When we look at Buddhist practice and communities from the perspective of the marginalized, what we see and hear is that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, queer/querying (and more) people often encounter specific barriers, and at times outright hostility, when practicing Buddhism. This seminar will be an exploration of where this marginalization stems from, which […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 13, 2021
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 Creative Self: Dreams and Writings of the Imaginal

with Fanny Brewster

June 19, 2021
Writing and dreaming are journeys for the Creative Self to explore. When we engage in these ways we can hold with care the images of the creative imagination. We are invited to come in close to our deep heart, and experience the fullness of our emotional bodies and minds so we can be better attuned […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- June 2021

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

June 21 - 27, 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...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 27, 2021
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

July 11, 2021
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…

Dōgen’s Chinese Poems

with Shohaku Okumura, Roshi

July 16 - 17, 2021
The ocean waves crash like thunder below the cliff. I strain my ears and see the face of Kanjizai. Upholding this, who could measure the ocean of merit? Just turn your eyes and see the blue mountain. Known as one of the great religious teachers of our time, Dōgen Zenji is appreciated for the poetic use of language which make his Shobogenzo teachings so compelling, but less well known for the poetry that he continued to write throughout his lifetime of teaching […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- July 2021

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

July 19 - 25, 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...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 25, 2021
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…

Trans- and Gender-Non Conforming (TGNC) Competency Training

August 5, 2021
This summer we are offering the second Trans- and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) competency training session on Thursday August 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Particularly helpful for those who do not have a clear sense of TGNC identities, or for those who wish to deepen their understanding, we are offering this competency training as part of our commitment to […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 8, 2021
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

August 22, 2021
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- August 2021

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

August 23 - 29, 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...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

September 10 - 12, 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...