By donation

Date & Time Details: Fridays, 10:30 am-noon, March 1,8,15, April 5,12, May 3,10,17

Location: ONLINE

Contact: ZMM Registrar


Ango Art Practice: Intimacy Renewing Intimacy: Exploring Relationships of All Kinds (online)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 1 - May 17, 2024

Since intimacy surrounds you, it is fully intimate; it is beyond intimate. You should clearly study this. Thus the person becomes the correct heir of Buddha ancestors. Right now is the very moment when you are intimate with yourself and intimate with others. You are intimate with Buddha ancestors, intimate with other beings. This being so, intimacy renews intimacy.

—Dogen-Intimate Language

 Mind is like an artist, able to paint the worlds: the five clusters all are born thence; there’s nothing it doesn’t make. As is the mind, so is the Buddha. As is the Buddha, so are living beings. Know that Buddha and mind are in essence inexhaustible. If people know the actions of mind create all the worlds, they will see the Buddha and understand Buddha’s true nature.                       

Avatamsaka Sutra

 The Avatamsaka Sutra uses the metaphor and image of Indra’s net that vividly reflects the interconnectedness, interrelatedness and interdependency of everything and everyone in the universe. “No-thingness” doesn’t have much to do with nothing: things are interrelatedness itself.

The term “relationship” in art practice can refer to the way that different elements of a work of art are connected to each other and relate to each other. This could include the relationship between different colors, shapes, lines, textures, form and space. The relationship between the words, ideas, themes, sounds. These relationships within a work of art, the process, the creator, contribute to its overall meaning, impact, or effectiveness.

For this art practice, we will explore relationships of all kinds as we share our ideas, skills, and experiences cultivating connections and building new relationships on ZOOM, Everyone is welcome! Participants work in any medium in your home studio with inspiring Dharma words and prompts offered by Hojin Sensei to spark the fire of our innate creativity. How can you express it? Where do you find the self?  *** Celebrating our 4th year of Art Practice online!

Your registration confirmation will include a link to the ZOOM sessions. The same ZOOM link will be used every week.
Drop-ins are welcome!

Fridays 10:30m am -12pm from your home studio –
March 1,8,15
April 5,12
May 3,10,17

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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