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

ONLINE: Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 2 - 4, 2022
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 […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 2 - 4, 2022
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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 4, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

The Ten Thousand Things—Winter Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

December 9, 2022 - February 17, 2023
ONLINE
Everything we encounter provides the opportunity to meet the creative source. It is right here in ourselves always standing at the gateway of awe. It will take a risk, to be sure, a risk whose name we may know as surrender, as dying to the known, as we are welcomed to our true home[…]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

December 9, 2022
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

Weekend Sesshin

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

December 9 - 11, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners. 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 […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 11, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Personal Stories of Identity and Zen Practice

December 14, 2022
ONLINE
LGBTQIA+ Quarterly Group Meeting—A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as a part of the LGBTQIA+ Community. You are welcome to join us at our quarterly meeting as we gather together to provide a safe refuge. Each meeting will feature speakers who will offer and share […]

Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 18, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
For now, this program is open only to those who have previously received beginning instruction in meditation at the Monastery or at Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds. […]

Beginning Instruction on Sunday Mornings at Zen Mountain Monastery

December 18, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
Beginning instruction in zazen and orientation to the Monastery on Sunday mornings is back again!  ALL Participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Either take a rapid test in the parking lot before entering, or wear a mask while you are on the grounds at all times (lunch can be eaten outside or in the […]

Decolonizing Awakening on Turtle Island

with Eduardo Duran

December 21, 2022
ONLINE
When Buddhist Dharma teachers came from Asia in the last century, the practice was taken up mostly by westerners who interpreted and organized through their western filters, language, and systems of practice. These parameters of practice and training, consequently, left out a whole range of perspectives of interested practitioners, and left many Black, Indigenous, Asian […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—December 2022

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

December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023
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, 2022
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 […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

January 6 - 8, 2023
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 […]

Entering the Way of Compassion—The Practices of a Bodhisattva, Precepts II

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

January 13 - 15, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
This second-level retreat is part of the Mountains and Rivers Order training program for receiving the Buddhist precepts, yet it is open to all who are interested in practicing the Dharma. In this retreat, we will examine and discuss bodhicitta—the great aspiration to liberate self and other—and its important role in generating compassion …

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

January 13, 2023
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 17 - 22, 2023
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…

The Art of Breathing Into Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

January 20 - 22, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
If each stroke is our entire breath, how dare we correct it? —Kaz Tanahashi Breath is a vital life force and is intimately related to our awareness. To breathe is to be alive! Zazen, a form of seated meditation, is at the very heart of Zen practice. We tend to see body, breath, and mind as […]

New Years’ Sesshin

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

January 23 - 29, 2023
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...

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 3 - 5, 2023
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 […]

Exploring Wisdom and Compassion: Further Steps Along the Path of Zen

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 10 - 12, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Zen practice shows us that everything is workable. For the most part, the barriers we encounter and the sources of our suffering are created by our misunderstanding of the nature of things. As we begin to develop some insight into the nature of mind, our experience of our life begins to shift. This is what […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 10, 2023
ONLINE
A continuing series which explores Liturgy, taking up the teachings of the Heart Sutra. As usual there will be ample time for more questions and your thoughts you would like to share in this exploration. These sessions are open to anyone, and designed specifically with Practicing Members in mind. Our online programs are offered by […]

Bodhidharma Sesshin

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

February 20 - 26, 2023
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...

Ango Opening Weekend Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 3 - 5, 2023
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...

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 10 - 12, 2023
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 […]

Founding Sesshin

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

March 27 - April 2, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Note: If you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery you must have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call or email the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228, or registrar@dharma.net. Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

April 7 - 9, 2023
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 […]

Just So—An Introduction to Mahamudra Teachings

with Judy Lief

April 13 - 16, 2023
Mahamudra challenges us to take a fresh view of the world. It is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous […]

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

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 18 - 23, 2023
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…

Apple Blossom Sesshin

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

April 24 - 30, 2023
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 […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

May 5 - 7, 2023
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 […]

Shuso Hossen/Ocean Gathering Sesshin

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

May 22 - 28, 2023
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 […]

The Shape of Awake

with Hope Martin

December 3, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
Are you uncomfortable or in pain when you meditate? Is it challenging to sit for long periods of time? Or is it just hard to stay present? Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice and your life! […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil (ZCNYC)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

December 9 - 10, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
At ZCNYC, we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment with a vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen. We’ll begin Friday evening with an informal potluck supper, followed by a teaching in the zendo. Then, we’ll mark the Buddha’s enlightenment by sitting together through the night with...

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

December 24, 2022
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (online)

December 24, 2022
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

After-hours Tour of She Who Wrote at the Morgan Library & Museum

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

January 12, 2023
The Morgan Library & Museum
Join Sidney Babcock, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head, Ancient Western Asian Seals and Tablets at the Morgan Library & Museum for a special after-hours tour of She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and the Women of Mesopotamia, ca 3400-2000 B.C. This exhibition bears witness to women's roles in religious contexts as goddesses, priestesses, and worshippers as […]

Self-Doubt and Profound Trust

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

February 11, 2023
Zen Center of New York City
Since every dharma practitioner already possesses Buddha nature, the teachings encourage us to practice with confidence and faith. This allows us to enter more deeply and freely into our meditation and study, and to aspire to enlightenment. However, a great many Western practitioners carry strong currents of self-doubt, self-criticism and even self-hatred.[…]