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

Summer Art Practice Series: Jewel Net

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2 - 30, 2021
Online
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[…]

The Vicissitudes of Life

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 29, 2021
Online
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 […]

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
Online
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
Zen Mountain Monastery
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
Zen Mountain Monastery
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
Online
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 […]

Summer Art Practice Series: Luminous Visions

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 6 - 13, 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[…]

“Perceiver of the World’s Cries”—Avalokiteśvara Practices and Queered Identities

with Hsiao-Lan Hu

August 12, 2021
Online
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 […]

Nuts & Bolts of Zen Practice: Zazen

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

August 13, 2021
Online
"Come said the muse, Sing me a song no poet has chanted, Sing me the universal."—Walt Whitman Zazen is the heart of Zen practice. It is your heart. Within the deep stillness of our being we bring forth this heart, and the heart of all beings. Since the time of the Buddha, meditation in […]

August 15th—Sunday Service at the Monastery

August 15, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
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
Zen Mountain Monastery
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
Zen Mountain Monastery
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. …

August 22nd—Sunday Service at the Monastery

August 22, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
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 […]

Online Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 22, 2021
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- 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, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

October 1 - 3, 2021
Online
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...

Sunday Services at Fire Lotus Temple

Open Dates
Zen Center of New York City
Fire Lotus Temple is once again holding Sunday services each week, in addition to weekday morning and evening zazen. If you are new to the Zen Center and have not had beginning instruction in seated meditation (zazen) in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO), we offer an orientation session as part of the morning program […]

On-Site: ZCNYC Half-Day Sit: Making Space—A True Refuge

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Patrick Yunen Kelly

August 7, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]

ZCNYC Noble Path Talk and Sharing the Wealth

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 11, 2021
The evening will open with a Noble Path talk will be offered by a ZCNYC Sangha member. This affords us an intimate opportunity to meet our Dharma companions and appreciate how varied the responses are to the deepest calling of this great matter of being human. Following this we will delve into[…]

On-Site: ZCNYC Zazenkai at the Temple

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 14, 2021
Zen Center of New York City
Please join us for a half day sit at the Temple! Pre-registration required, no walk-ins please! These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence […]