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

Summer Art Practice Series: Flower Ornaments

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 4 - 18, 2021
The starting point for Huayan Buddhism is the lengthy Flower Ornament Sutra, known in Indian Sanskrit as the Avatamsaka Sutra. This text has a holographic quality, offering us sumptuous luminous visions, evocative imagery and exalted experiences of mind and reality. In these art sessions[…]

Opening Together: Gathering of the ZCNYC Sangha

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 17, 2021
For ZCNYC Sangha Members: At this gathering, we'll reflect on the last 15 months and consider how we can encourage and support one another as we emerge from our long hibernation. We would like to hear from our sangha about the visions you have for opening together. How might the Temple help you deepen (or […]

Conscious Femininity: An Archetypal Journey for Women

with Sil Reynolds and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 17 - July 15, 2021
**This retreat is currently full but please add your name to the waiting list if interested. 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. […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Taking The Path

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

June 18, 2021
"Sitting quietly in the sun: the ancient way, wind blowing through my body…is my body." This is the first in a monthly series of seminars with MRO dharma teacher Hogen Sensei.  The evening seminar will explore the intimate fundamentals of practice, with ample time for questions and discussion[…]

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. 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 to healing. With zazen as the foundation of Zen practice we can see and feel all that arises, and touch in deeply with that to understand the nature of its reality. This is the heart of the Buddha Dharma[…]

June 20th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

June 20, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 25 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

Summer Solstice Sesshin – On-Site

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

June 21 - 28, 2021
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...

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…

The Vicissitudes of Life

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 1, 2021
The Buddha’s teaching on the Eight Worldly Conditions – praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame and disrepute – points to some of the primary ways that we cause suffering, and the unstable sense of self that we try to rely on. Always worried about doing something wrong and being blamed, trying […]

Summer Art Practice Series: Jewel Net

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2 - 30, 2021
The starting point for Huayan Buddhism is the lengthy Flower Ornament Sutra, known in Indian Sanskrit as the Avatamsaka Sutra. This text has a holographic quality, offering us sumptuous luminous visions, evocative imagery and exalted experiences of mind and reality. In these art sessions[…]

July 4th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

July 4, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 25 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

ON-SITE ZMM Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

July 9 - 11, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
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. Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in […]

ON-LINE Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

July 10, 2021
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. Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in […]

July 11th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

July 11, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 25 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

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 […]

July 18th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

July 18, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 10 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

Interdependence Sesshin – On-Site

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 19 - 25, 2021
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...

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…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

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

July 30 - August 1, 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...

August 1st—Sunday Service at the Monastery

August 1, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 25 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

On-site Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Tom Honen Kyle and Grace DiNapoli

August 4 - 8, 2021
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in the basic principles of the kyudo form as well as formless aspects of Kyudo as a meditation practice. This retreat is designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere…

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

with Elise Diamond

August 5, 2021
This summer we are offering the second Trans- and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Inclusivity 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…

August 15th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

August 15, 2021
This event is intended for those who have been to the Monastery previously and are fully vaccinated. Join the residential sangha for an indoor Sunday service at the Monastery.  Registration required, limited to 25 people. PLEASE be considerate of how often you sign up to allow others to attend as well […]

On-Site: Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Katie Yosha Scott-Childress

August 18 - 22, 2021
After this long shutdown we are happy to inaugurate a partial reopening with a four-day clay retreat. We will begin working with wet clay and work through the week towards a day of glazing and Raku firing. This year we're celebrating this dynamic duo leading this retreat together for […]

Zen Kids and Family Camping Retreat

with MRO Staff

August 20 - 22, 2021
Gazing at stars, waking to birdsong, cooking food over a glowing fire we’ve made. Simple experiences like these bring us directly to our inherent relationship with nature. Being intimate with the natural world is a precious gift for us all, particularly so for our children. …

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…

Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 23 - 29, 2021
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...

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 Training Retreat – On-Site

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 10 - 12, 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 […]