Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Mountains and Rivers Order

Student Donations

Open Dates
Suggested Donations: Yearly $400; Quarterly $100; Monthly $40

Practicing Member Dues

Open Dates
Suggested Donations: Yearly $400; Quarterly $100; Monthly $35

For the Love of Life: An Art Practice Series (over Zoom)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 3 - August 28, 2020
Buddhadharma teaches that our life can be experienced as a miraculous display of awakened nature in which all phenomenon spring from the same source, the ordinary magic of mind. In this new series, we will practice the wonder of how to meet the many aspects of ourselves, our materials, and objects with loving attention...

Green Bodhisattva Poetry

with Margaret Gibson

August 6, 2020
In this workshop we’ll explore how the practice of poetry can open up a Bodhisattva way of being with the planet: acknowledging the undeniable new fact of life: climate crisis. We will explore how the practice of poetry can assist in keeping our minds and hearts focused and open, our power of attention awake and intimate, writing poems that demonstrate interdependence...

Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

August 8, 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. Easily misunderstood as a simple list of rules, the Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in open-ended awareness and wisdom...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 9, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

The Three Marks of Existence: Buddha’s Teaching for Seeing Things as They Are

with Mn. Shoan Ankele

August 13, 2020
The Three Marks (impermanence, suffering, and no-self--sometimes taught as the Four Marks with the addition of nirvana) offer us a clear view of reality so we can liberate our delusion and live in peace. In a sense, all of Buddhist practice can be said to be a deepening understanding of these marks, moving from a more philosophical appreciation of them to a fully realized, deeply embodied experience. In this seminar, we'll draw on commentaries by contemporary teachers, our own personal reflection, and small group discussion to explore how we can use the marks as part of our daily practice.

Finding Time to Listen

with Christian McEwen

August 15, 2020
"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 a beloved friend or family member, to one’s own quiet interior self, or to the many voices of the non-human world: birdsong, wild wind, river’s sweep, and more. This day we will identify sources for the listener’s delight, and share ways to grow them into poems, letters, stories.

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 17 - 23, 2020
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 Interdependence Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 23, 2020
Zen Mountain Monastery
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…

Garden Dharma—Part II: Flower Power

with Choke Yukon Grody

August 27, 2020
How does your garden grow? One answer is "miraculously." Another is "through the efforts of many." Our gardens are a testament to the community of innovators, horticulturalists, hobbyists and laborers stretching back over millennia. In this second installment of Garden Dharma, we'll stop to smell the flowers, so abundant at this time in the summer. Yukon will offer some tips and sources and ask others to share a few of their own. There will also be time for more general questions about organic gardening. Check out the Garden Dharma official video! 6:30pm - 8:00pm Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session. Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.

Ecodharma: A New Buddhist Path?

with David Loy

September 3, 2020
Celebrated author, teacher and Buddhist philosopher David Loy applies the term "ecosattva" to the growing movement connecting dharma teachings to environmental activism. His 2019 book Ecodharma explicitly draws attention to the inherent questions prompted by this endeavor. Primarily, does Buddhism offer any special perspective on the ecological crisis? Our ecological emergency is not something the Buddha or Zen masters talked about, but their teachings have important implications for how we understand and respond to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. The retreat will focus on three aspects of the eco-crisis...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 11 - 13, 2020
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 21 - 27, 2020
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 Interdependence 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 and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 2 - 4, 2020
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 19 - 25, 2020
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 Interdependence 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 and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 30 - November 1, 2020
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...

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 16 - 22, 2020
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 Interdependence 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 and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

November 27 - 29, 2020
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...