Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Mountains and Rivers Order

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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...

Roundtable Discussion on Ecodharma

with David Loy

November 23, 2019
ZCNYC
David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crises, will lead a roundtable discussion exploring how Buddhism can address our global ecological crises, climate change and increasing degradation of the natural world. Participants will be encouraged to read suggested excerpts from David's writings in Ecodharma and related articles to allow discussion to reach deeply into these all-important topics. Limited to a maximum of 20. Please register by November 15th.  Participants will be sent links to the readings on Nov 16th.

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 Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

December 6, 2019
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...

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...

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

December 14, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body practice is about "revealing" rather than "showing". In the same way that we reveal the mind […]

31st Annual Dana Dinner

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

December 14, 2019
The Holiday Dinner is a non-denominational event, free to all and has been an annual event since its inception in 1988 […]

Zazenkai – December

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

December 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 […]

December Rohatsu Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

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

January Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 3 - 5, 2020
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 I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

January 17 - 19, 2020
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in […]

Zazenkai – January

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

January 18, 2020
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 […]

January New Year’s Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

January 20 - 26, 2020
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 – January

January 25, 2020
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. […]

February Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 31 - February 2, 2020
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 […]

The Buddhist Unconscious: Yogācāra Buddhism and How It Illuminates Bias

with Bill Waldron

February 14 - 16, 2020
Everything we know about our world comes through our senses and perceptions. Things seem to just appear as true, yet when we examine closely, we see that consciousness mixes each object with a lifetime of ideas, beliefs, experiences and associations. What then is true? We all harbor deep-seated underlying assumptions that lead us to automatically but unconsciously pigeon-hole the people we meet […]

Zazenkai – February

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 15, 2020
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 […]

February Bodhidharma Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei

February 17 - 23, 2020
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), […]

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditation Intensive

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

February 27 - March 1, 2020
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 […]

Half-Day Sit – February

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 29, 2020
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. […]

Sesshin

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

March 5 - 8, 2020
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) […]

March Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 6 - 8, 2020
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 Dharma: Having Desires & Knowing How to Be Satisfied

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 13 - 15, 2020
When the mind becomes quiet and clear, we can better understand the subtleties of the Buddha’s teaching and more clearly experience its relationship to our lives. Through silent meditation and inquiry guided by Shugen Roshi, this intensive presents an opportunity to explore some particular aspect of practice; as attachment and hindrance, and as letting go and passage. Roshi will begin the retreat with a short talk on the practice of desires drawing on Having Few Desire, one of the Eight Awarenesses teaching.  He'll speak to how zazen can be a powerful way for us to see and understand our binding desires clearly, so that we can release ourselves, without coercion, from their grasp. We’ll then spend the morning examining this more directly within silent meditation. Roshi will then lead a mondo (informal discussion) inviting participants to bring forth their questions, struggles and insight so we can learn from each other. The afternoon will begin with a teaching on Knowing How to Be Satisfied, another of the Awarenesses, to examine positive desires and how to nurture these without becoming attached. Desires most often lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment. How can we practice our healthy desires so they support our practice and […]

Zazenkai – March

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 21, 2020
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 […]

March Founding Sesshin

with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei & Hogen Sensei

March 23 - 29, 2020
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 – March

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 28, 2020
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. […]

April Introduction to Zen Training Retreat

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 3 - 5, 2020
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 […]