Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

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Zen Essentials — Attachments and the Path to Liberation

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

May 30, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
In this session we will explore the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha’s first teaching following his own enlightenment. These describe the cycle of human-created suffering, its basis in our attachment to desires, and how to […]

June Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 31 - June 2, 2019
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 […]

Zazenkai – June

with MRO Teachers

June 1, 2019
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Open Sky

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

June 6 - 8, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Meditation intensives traditionally utilize a powerful, carefully designed schedule of zazen and other forms of training. Within the outer discipline that these highly structured intensives offer, students develop an inner discipline of silence, stillness and careful attention. This Open Sky retreat integrates the same intensity and dedication of sesshin, with the open, formless quality of a hermitage. The purpose is to encourage students to cultivate and bring forth their own inner strength and resolve […]

Of Benefit to All – The Four Immeasurables

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

June 7 - 9, 2019
The Four Immeasurables originated with the Buddha. A simple and profound teaching that, if practiced deeply, will bring us into intimate contact. In this retreat, we’ll study and practice these teachings as they […]

The Fullness of Emptiness

with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Sensei

June 13 - 16, 2019
Join us as we welcome Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Sensei for this exciting weekend retreat exploring the significance of emptiness or Śūnyatā (in sanskrit) and the symbol of the Japanese enso (circle). We will also examine the function of emptiness in our lives, how it enhances compassion and wisdom within all of our relationships and how it may be cultivated as a transformative path of healing. Rev. Zenju will also share from her experience with Native American traditions and the teaching of the hollow bones of eagles. Click below to find information and excerpts from two of her recent books. Participants may arrive on Thursday or Friday.   Click here to find The Way of Tenderness on the Monastery Store's website. Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.  

Aging and Awakening to Our Life

with Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson

June 22, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
“Aging” is just a word — quite a powerful word, but it can carry with it, many burdens, regrets, and fears. Together, we'll reexamine this word, what it brings up for each of us and how it may be viewed through a number of different lenses. During this retreat, we'll look at ways in which we can recreate our life into a more nourishing, fulfilling and “joyous” existence. Through the exploration of[…]

June Summer Solstice Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

June 24 - 30, 2019
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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), […]

Half-Day Sit – June

June 29, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

July Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 5 - 7, 2019
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 […]

Circles on the Water: Call to the Forest — Meeting our Women Ancestors

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 9 - 14, 2019
Few things compare with the dappled beauty of our northern lakes in the bright green summer. This calmness and serenity rest on a great depth of being, an unselfconscious state of grace, in which all things have their place. Apparent simplicity hides complexity, and absorbing the clarity of this environment can help us find the […]

Weekend Sesshin

with MRO Seniors

July 12 - 14, 2019
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), […]

Zazenkai – July

with MRO Teachers

July 13, 2019
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Finding The Still Point

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 19 - 21, 2019
When the mind becomes quiet, we are placed in a space to clearly see the relationship we have to the activities within our lives. This weekend is designed to develop the confidence to deepen your[…]

Classical Qigong for Total Health, Emotional Balance and Spiritual Clarity

with Paul Bloom

July 20, 2019
In this workshop we'll will focus on two sets: The 8 Brocades of Silk and Taiji Qigong in 18 Movements. These two practices will move us through calming the mind, awakening the spirit and releasing the blocks to embody this expression[…]

July Interdependence Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

July 22 - 28, 2019
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), […]

Half-Day Sit – July

July 27, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

August Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 2 - 4, 2019
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 […]

Fearless Living

with Gina Sharpe

August 3, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
When we access Dharma practice, we are reminded to live into a dimension larger than the small body of fear and despair that often drives our heart and minds. This day offers a space of ease with practices to break the spell cultural beliefs that drive separation rather than connection and encourage […]

Precepts Mondo

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 8, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Brush with Our Time

with Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 9 - 11, 2019
While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice... Step by step, we will find ways to foster the joy and serene excitement that can be applied to everyday life. Using a variety of papers and brushes, we will experiment with artistic interpretation […]

Zazenkai – August

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 10, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 13 - 18, 2019
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in basic and formal group shooting. You'll learn formless aspects of Kyudo as well. Designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere.[…]

Beginners Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 14 - 18, 2019
Through meticulous attention to detail, all aspects of the Kyudo form and movements provide a subtle mirror of the self, as well as an opportunity for deep study. In this outstanding retreat, beginners will receive training in the Seven Coordinations[…]

Being the Bowl: A Clay Retreat with Raku Firing

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 14 - 18, 2019
Being the Bowl is the profound study of staying unconditionally with one thing. How can we return, again and again, to just this one thing through the cascade of our ever-changing moods and emotions? How can we meet ourselves freshly each moment? How can we challenge ourselves to respond spontaneously, allowing ourselves to hear, feel, […]

Song of Zazen

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

August 17, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
All beings by nature are Buddha, As ice by nature is water. Apart from water there is no ice; Apart from beings, there is no Buddha. How near the truth, yet how far we seek. In Praise of Zazen, Master Hakuin In the Buddha’s enlightenment, he directly experienced the essential, free and unhindered nature of […]

August Hazy Moon Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

August 19 - 25, 2019
NOTE: Participants must enter on Monday evening. 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), […]

Half-Day Sit – August

August 24, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 29 - September 1, 2019
Our traditional zazen intensives, such as sesshin, are carefully planned and scheduled to help practitioners develop inner and outer meditative strength and stability. Yet, when the schedule and structure falls away—at home, after the intensive is over—you may find it challenging to maintain your clarity of purpose and practice. The Peaceful Dwelling retreat provides a […]

To See a Flower: An Exploration of Urban Eco-printing

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

August 31, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Eco-printing, also known as botanical contact printing is a method of natural dyeing in which organic material is arranged on a cloth or piece of paper, bound or bundled, and then steamed so that it leaves its pigment and impression behind. We’ll take up this process in the spirit of mindful practice and creative expression, allowing […]

Sesshin

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

September 5 - 8, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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) […]

September Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

September 6 - 8, 2019
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 […]

Precepts Mondo

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

September 11, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Wild Grasses Sesshin: A Meditation Intensive for Women

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 12 - 15, 2019
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone 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, liturgy, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), work practice and talks by the teacher […]

Zazenkai – September

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

September 21, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

September Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

September 23 - 29, 2019
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), […]

Half-Day Sit – September

September 28, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

October Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

October 4 - 6, 2019
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 […]

Open Sky

October 10 - 12, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Meditation intensives traditionally utilize a powerful, carefully designed schedule of zazen and other forms of training. Within the outer discipline that these highly structured intensives offer, students develop an inner discipline of silence, stillness and careful attention. This Open Sky retreat integrates the same intensity and dedication of sesshin, with the open, formless quality of a hermitage. The purpose is to encourage students to cultivate and bring forth their own inner strength and resolve […]

Precepts Mondo

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 16, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Qigong for Health and Vitality

with Pragata Blaise

October 18 - 20, 2019
The word “qigong” is Chinese, but the arts of energy have been practiced since antiquity: by the Indians as “yoga,” the Tibetans as “wisdom art,” and the Egyptians and Greeks as “mystery art.” It is claimed that in physical terms the right practice of Qigong is superior to conventional exercise. Combining focused breathing and subtle meditative movements, practicing Qigong […]

Staying Present: A Creative Process Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, André Daughtry and Kat Rogers

October 19, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Buddhism teaches that “you and I are the same thing, but I am not you and you are not me.” While it can sound esoteric or abstract, this teaching is pointing to a basic fact of our moment-to-moment experience: that sameness (you and I are the same thing) and difference (but I am not you and you are not me) arise together at the same time. How do you actually experience this? What is this like in your body and mind? How do you realize the truth of it?

October Harvest Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

October 21 - 27, 2019
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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...

Half-Day Sit – October

October 26, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 1 - 3, 2019
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 […]

Zazenkai – November

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

November 2, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Four Truths Chan Retreat

with Rebecca Li

November 8 - 10, 2019
The Buddha’s teachings in the Four Noble Truths invite us to examine the human condition of suffering. In this retreat, we reconnect with ourselves by cultivating clear awareness of the ways in which we experience suffering, from the most obvious forms to the subtler ones. With this awareness, we penetrate the mind to discover […]

Chado: The Way of Tea

with Andrew Hobai Pekarik

November 9, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
This daylong retreat will be a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking and discussion. At the heart of it will be the appreciation of this very moment, and the joy of sharing that with others. […]

Open and Light: Creating Space in Body and Mind with Iyengar Yoga

with Matt Angaku Dreyfus

November 16, 2019
ZCNYC
Yogic postures and breathing practices have a powerful effect on the state of body and mind, and are wonderful tools for meditators. Flexible, strong muscles, open, balanced joints, spaciousness and freedom in the breath […]

November Shuso Hossen Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

November 18 - 24, 2019
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...

Half-Day Sit – November

November 23, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Buddha’s Enlightenment Vigil

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 6 - 8, 2019
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...

31st Annual Dana Dinner

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 13 - 15, 2019
The Holiday Dinner is a non-denominational event, free to all and has been an annual event since its inception in 1988 […]

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

December 14, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Eco-printing, also known as botanical contact printing is a method of natural dyeing in which organic material is arranged on a cloth or piece of paper, bound or bundled, and then steamed so that it leaves its pigment and impression behind. We’ll take up this process in the spirit of mindful practice and creative expression, allowing […]

Precepts Mondo

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

December 20, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

December Rohatsu Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020
ZMM
NOTE: Participants must enter by Thursday evening. 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...