Suggested Donation of $10- $100 per class – $20.00 - $70.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, March 8, 6:30pm - 8:30pm and Friday, May 3, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: ZCNYC

Contact: ZMM Registrar


No-Look Drawing Sessions & Zazen

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 8 - May 3, 2024

Wouldn’t it be joyous to uncover and discover your real love of drawing in a way that is stress-free, and that you might not have thought was possible? To touch the mystery of the impermanence directly in front of you and be able to express it?

Join Hojin Sensei for these no-look (sometimes called blind contour) drawing sessions. This process involves working with a few continuous lines created by very slowly drawing mark following the edges and details of an object or person without looking at the paper. It can be very calming and meditative and all it requires is careful observation, attention to details and slowing down.

We’ll see how the images come alive with spirit and dimension just by staying deeply connected. Be prepared to be surprised! This can offer a most beautiful way to get out of our way and by -pass the mind that thinks it knows things. Its focus is on process and how it  naturally brings together the working of hands and eyes and above all helps us to trust our relationship to directly seeing.

No experience necessary. Each person will need a pack of soft charcoal, a charcoal pencil and a kneaded eraser. Paper will be provided

*Consecutive attendance is not required — you are welcome to attend one or both sessions.


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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