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. 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

In Touch with Bodhisattvas: A Weekly Art Practice Series – Nov & Dec

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 5 - December 18, 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...

Faith in Self & Other; Atonement & Forgiveness

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

December 5, 2020
Faith and trust are essential aspects of our human lives: in our everyday interactions, our relationships, and in Buddhist practice. While it’s vital, trust can, at time, be difficult to access; we might even find it challenging to trust faith itself. Buddhist practice both requires and helps to strengthen our faith towards spiritual practice itself, as well as towards people and our world. As students of the Dharma, we all begin practice with some faith, but also with doubts and hesitation...

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 11 - 13, 2020
At Zen Mountain Monastery, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen. We’ll begin Friday evening with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then, we’ll mark the Buddha’s enlightenment by sitting together through the night and day. In the spirit of hermitage practice...

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…

ZCNYC Sangha Meeting: Noble Path Talk & Paramita Study

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

December 17, 2020
For ZCNYC Sangha Members: Please join us for the upcoming Temple Sangha Meeting. Beginning with zazen, we’ll then listen to the fifth Noble Path Talk offered by Seiyu Lanaghan, followed by continued exploration of the Paramitas with a discussion on the next paramita, Effort, led by Shugen Roshi...

Half-Day Sit

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 19, 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...

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...

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

January 16, 2021
How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II  Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body practice is about "revealing" rather than "showing". In the same way that we reveal the mind to our self through single pointed concentration in zazen, in butoh we reveal our mind through attention in the body...

In the Presence of Dying: Care, Compassion and Change

with Pema Khandro

January 23, 2021
Facing the realities of dying, death and grief are central to our human experience, yet too often we face these experiences unprepared for such a radical change, for our loved ones and for ourselves. We are not given options, and the situation cannot be rationalized away or covered up by pretense. There is a total rupture in our who-I-am-ness as we are forced to undergo a great and difficult transformation.

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...

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine: A Retreat for Men (Self-Identified)

with Lama Rod Owens

February 19 - 20, 2021
Through retreat, meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, journaling and ritual, we will together unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally. We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings...

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...