Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

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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: The Silk Brocades—Standing and Seated: A concise and complete daily practice

with Paul Bloom

July 20, 2019
The Silk Brocades-Standing (Diamond Body) fosters physical strength and flexibility, while cultivating stamina, endurance, and mental focus. The Seated Silk Brocades activates a more subtle flow of energy to purify and nourish one’s body, heart/mind, and spirit.[…]

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. […]

Zen Essentials — Practicing Your Life at Work

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

August 29, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Today’s practitioners are in virtually every work place of contemporary life. Some of these environments can be very supportive and conducive to the study of the self, while others can seem downright hostile. This seminar will offer participants practical guidance on how to begin exploring one’s work as an aspect of Zen practice and offer tools on how to skillfully[…]

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, Robyn Ikyo Love and Robert Seiyu Lanaghan

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 […]

Chado: The Japanese Art of Tea Ceremony

with Andrew Hobai Pekarik

September 20 - 22, 2019
The Japanese tea ceremony merges the sophisticated aesthetic of the Zen arts and careful attention to detail with the ordinary act of making a cup of tea. Tea ceremony developed in close association with Zen, and it emphasizes […]

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 […]

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. […]

November 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. […]

December Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

November 29 - December 1, 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 […]

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...