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

Ordinary Mind: Finding Peace in an Endlessly Spinning World

with Mark Sando Mininberg

January 20, 2022
ONLINE
It’s often said in Zen circles that "Ordinary Mind is the Way." Yet in our work and media driven world, it’s normal to find ourselves endlessly chasing stories, sounds and images, under pressure, without pause or rest. Where in that anxious chaos would we even find the ordinary mind? And if we found it, would we really experience peace[…]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Great Doubt—There is a Question!

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

January 21, 2022
ONLINE
For many of us there is a fundamental question about our life that draws us in, a question about what we see in this world of so much difficulty. We have a question about our own existence, or about loss, pain and sorrow. Often, we work hard to avoid or disguise our question, or distract […]

Entering the Way of Compassion—The Practices of a Bodhisattva

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

January 22, 2022
ONLINE
The vow of the Bodhisattva is to alleviate suffering and give selflessly for the benefit of all beings—to live with compassion. According to Buddhist teachings, each of us is naturally endowed with compassion. So why do generosity, kindness and patience so often seem difficult to bring forth? What constricts our […]

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 23, 2022
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…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—January 2022

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

January 24 - 30, 2022
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...

Opening the Hearth of Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 4 - 18, 2022
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 […]

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend

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

February 4 - 6, 2022
ONLINE
This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. This weekend introduction […]

Patience as Practice

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

February 10, 2022
ONLINE
Patience is the practice of being present with our experience. We practice patience in the solitude and directness of our zazen, learning to meet the thoughts and emotions that arise in our body-mind. Not pushing away in irritation, not holding on in desire, not trying to control. We can practice patience […]

Conscious Femininity & The Buddha Way: Creating an Inner Balance of the Mature Masculine & Mature Feminine

with Sil Reynolds and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 10 - March 10, 2022
ONLINE
Open to those who self-identify as women. Creating an Inner Balance of the Mature Masculine and Mature Feminine By whatever name we call the two magnets that create this balance of energies in our bodies and in our planet—Masculine/Feminine, Shiva/Shakti, Yang/Yin, Spirit/Soul, Transcendence/Immanence, Doing/Being—we are now responsible for making space for the healing of body, […]

Riding the Ox Home

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 18 - 20, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
The spiritual path comes alive pictorially in Zen’s famed 10 Oxherding pictures. The series of images portrays a young oxherder whose quest leads them to discover, subdue and train a wild ox—their own heart and mind—as a complete transformation. The ox is awakening and the herder is you—the meditator, the searcher—encountering the gritty reality and […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—February 2022

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

February 21 - 27, 2022
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...

Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

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 […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

March 11 - 13, 2022
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 […]

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive—March 2022

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

March 28 - April 3, 2022
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...

Founding Sesshin

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

March 28 - April 3, 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 […]

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

April 8 - 10, 2022
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 […]

Apple Blossom Sesshin

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

Introduction to Zen Training Weekend

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

May 6 - 8, 2022
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 Sesshin

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

May 23 - 29, 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 […]

In Praise of Listening

with Christian McEwen

January 21, 2022
ONLINE
And all the place        there was grew out of listening. —Li Young-Lee One of life’s great joys is finding time to listen -- whether to the scattered wonders of conversation or to the many voices of the non-human world: birdsong, wild wind, river’s sweep. In this three-hour workshop we will identify sources […]

Half-Day Sit: Dharma Gate of Ease and Joy

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Patrick Yunen Kelly

February 5, 2022
ONLINE
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...

The Artless Arts of Zen

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 12, 2022
Zen Center of New York City
An aesthetic thread runs through all the Zen arts, from the gentle art of flower arranging to the warrior arts of the bow or sword. Art historian, Shinichi Hisamatsu, in his classic work Zen and the Fine Arts, was the first to write formally of seven primary characteristics of the Zen aesthetic: no rule, no […]