Retreats

At ZMM and ZCNYC

  • $300.00 – Monday/Tuesday Arrival
  • $275.00 – Wednesday/Thursday Arrival
  • $245.00 – *Practicing Member Mon/Tues Arrival
  • $225.00 – *Practicing Member Wed/Thur Arrival
  • $200.00 – **MRO Student Mon/Tues Arrival
  • $175.00 – **MRO Student Wed/Thur Arrival

Date & Time Details: April 25–May 1, 2022

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Contact:
ZMM Registrar
registrar@dharma.net
(845) 688-2228

Note: If this would be your first sesshin at ZMM, please call the Training Office at 845-688-2228 to arrange for an interview before registering.

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Apple Blossom Sesshin

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

April 25 - May 1, 2022

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), silent work practice and talks by the teacher and senior students. Sesshin is an opportunity to receive personal guidance in private interviews with the teacher, draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery during this time, participants are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide negative results from a PCR test taken no more than three days in advance of arrival. 

Because sesshin is a very intensive retreat, if you have not attended sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery before you must have a pre-sesshin interview, so please call the Training Office to schedule at (845) 688-2228.  If you have any questions, you can contact the the Registrar via email.

This retreat may be joined in progress as late as Thursday evening.

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.

We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.

Teachers

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen entered full-time residential training in 1986 after studying mathematics and receiving a degree in classical music. He received dharma transmission from John Daido Loori, Roshi in 1997. His teachings on Zen, social justice and environmental stewardship have appeared in various Buddhist journals, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 (Shambhala Publications). His book of poetry, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.
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Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
Learn more about Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei