Suggested donation – $75.00

Date & Time Details: September 14, 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

Address: 500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact: ZCNYC


Introduction to the Paramitas

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 14, 2024

In this daylong retreat with Hojin Sensei, we’ll delve into the teachings of the six paramitas of the Mahayana school: generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom.

Pāramitā translates to “perfection” or “completeness.” It relates to the Pali word parama, which means “supreme” and suggests the qualities that a bodhisattva endeavors to fulfill through walking the path of practice. Pāramitā can also be defined as “gone to the beyond” or, as the Chinese characters convey, the quality of  “crossing over to the other shore” from delusion to enlightenment.

Through a series of guided meditations, discussion, and practices, we will deepen our understanding and engagement of each paramita while sourcing ways to cultivate these virtues and sensing how this can relate to all the relationships in our lives.

This retreat is designed for students practicing the Buddhas’ dharma. Whether you’re new to practice or have years of experience, the path continues endlessly. Please join with your compassionate inquiry. Gate! Gate! Paragate! Parasamgate! Bodhi Svaha!



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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