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Date & Time Details: Fridays, 10:30 am-noon, 9/1, 9/8, 9/22,10/6,10/20,11/3,11/10

Location: ONLINE

Contact: ZMM Registrar


Ango Art Practice: Intimate Expression (online)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 1 - November 10, 2023

When you know yourself, you know intimate action. Thus, Buddha ancestors can thoroughly actualize this intimate heart and intimate language. “Intimate” means close and inseparable. There is no gap. Intimacy embraces Buddha ancestors. It embraces you. It embraces the self. It embraces action. It embraces generations. It embraces merit. It embraces intimacy.

—Dogen Zenji,  Mitsugo, “Intimate Language” (trans. Kaz Tanahashi) 

What is intimacy? Where is it? When do we encounter it? What is it to be intimate with the 10,000 things? When there is no gap, what is it to understand intimacy?

For this online art practice, we will explore how it is to be intimate—leaving nothing outside—with the 10,000 things, with what is in front of you. What is it being intimate with heartbreak, a flower, a pine tree; to be intimate with the energy of anger or rage? How is this with no gaps? It embraces you. It embraces the self. It embraces action. How can you express it?

Join Hojin Sensei from your home studio for an exploration into unknown territories in this potentially enriching art practice together on ZOOM. Dharma teachings and prompts will be offered by Hojin to guide us in our practice. All are welcome (even with no previous experience), working in any medium.

Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom sessions. Drop-ins are welcome! No previous experience necessary.

Dates: September 1, 8, 22    October 6, 20   November 3,10

Our online programs are offered by donation so that everyone can participate, and for Ango participants this is part of your registration fee.  As always, we appreciate your support.


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.
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