Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received 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 currently serves as MRO Director of Training and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.

Events with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- April 2021
April 19, 2021

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of social distancing. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, April 19th will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
April 30, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

Ango Art Practice Series: All Forms are Buddha's Sutras
May 7, 2021

The Faith in Mind Sutra, Hsin hsin ming, is known as the first Zen poem credited to Seng-ts’an, the third Chinese Zen Ancestor. A few English translations of the title are: Trusting In Mind, Trust in the Heart, On Believing in Mind, Truthful Mind, Truthful Heart. This heart-mind always ready and perfect, no need to further “perfect” it. Often we think of faith in terms of having faith ‘in’ someone or something. This is one aspect. There is also the simple, pure experience of faith itself—the firsthand, body-mind affirming experience of faith or trust—not necessarily ‘in’ something, but rather as having faith or being faith itself. What is this, when it’s not an abstract or conceptual idea but something that is present within you? How do we express it? Come join this journey of the creative process. If you’re new-welcome to this online art practice collaboration, you can start where you are! We’ll be working on Zoom, each of us from within our home studio, in whatever medium(s) you would like to explore. Hojin will guide us in zazen and with prompts to spark the creative impulse. 10:30am-12pm on Fridays, April 30, May 7 & 21  Participate in the series or…

Ten Oxherding Pictures: Stages in a Spiritual Journey
May 8, 2021

The spiritual path comes alive pictorially in Zen’s famed 10 Oxherding pictures. The series of images portrays a young oxherder whose quest leads them to discover, subdue and train a wild ox—their own heart and mind—as a complete transformation. The ox is awakening and the herder is you—the meditator, the searcher—encountering the gritty reality and challenges of spiritual practice. Created by 12th-century Chinese Master Guo-an Shi-yuan, the Oxherding pictures have mapped the path for Buddhist practitioners ever since.  Although the images are presented in a sequence, it’s important to know that neither self-development nor Zen practice go in a straight line. More like a spiral, we circle back to different stages but with more understanding. All along the path, these images are a bottomless source of mysterious wisdom we can study again and again for inspiration. In our sessions we will touch on a brief history and see a few collections by different artists, then focus on the Oxherding pictures painted by Jikihara Sensei which he created in 1982 while visiting the Monastery, along with the corresponding poems composed by Shi -yuan. Then we will be guided to create our own set of images along with the accompanying poems placing…

Conscious Femininity: An Archetypal Journey for Women
May 13, 2021

Open to those who self-identify as women.  There is no sense talking about “being true to yourself” until you are sure what voice you are being true to. It takes hard work to differentiate the voices of the unconscious.  —Marion Woodman In February, Sil Reynolds and Hojin Sensei led a rich, enlivening retreat for women on the topic of Mother, Mothering, & Mothers beginning with the perspective from the Buddhist tradition of readings from the Therigatha: Enlightened Women’s Poems. In those inspired utterances the women speak quite frankly about their deep grief in losing children, husbands, parents, being raped and held back, and finding a way through their suffering to the Dharma and freedom. Sil then presented another perspective about conscious mothering and femininity through the lens of a Jungian approach introducing the archetypes. Now Sil and Hojin are back by popular demand! Please join us for this series of three sessions to take an incredible journey into learning about and experiencing feminine archetypes and archetypical energy as a way to enter our uprise in consciousness and healing. As Marion would say: Live your own life and not the one projected on you. The three retreat sessions are best when…

ZCNYC Noble Path Talks and Sangha Study
May 20, 2021

For ZCNYC Sangha Members: Please join us for the upcoming Temple Sangha Meeting. Beginning with zazen, we’ll then listen to the eighth Noble Path Talk given by a sangha member, followed by introduction to the Faith Mind poem by Master Seng-tsan led by Hojin Sensei. These monthly gatherings give the ZCNYC sangha a chance to share some time together and hear a fellow sangha member relate some of their own experiences in encountering and setting out on the path.  What brought us to the Dharma? How is that spark alive now? How is our practice helping now? It is also an opportunity to study together. Upon registration, you will receive an email with a PDF for the Faith Mind poem (or download this and more from the Buddhist Studies section of this page). Please begin reading this poem and come prepared for our study time together. This exploration is a very important aspect of learning to study the Dharma teachings, to make the quest and our questions personal. In this way we can engage the teachings and deepen our understanding. Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session.

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- May 2021
May 24, 2021

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of social distancing. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, May 24th will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
June 4, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- June 2021
June 21, 2021

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of social distancing. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, June 21st will…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- July 2021
July 19, 2021

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of social distancing. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, July 19th will…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- August 2021
August 23, 2021

Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to participate with ZMM’s Sesshin via live webcast. We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of social distancing. Some people can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a zazen intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work, family and friends. One Continuous Thread can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse. After registering, you’ll receive further guidance on how to engage with the retreat, and a full schedule of the Monastery’s zendo activities. You can base your own sitting around that or set your own schedule. Webcasted dharma talks during the week will also be available as audio files. There will be a Zoom offering for Opening Guidelines on Monday night and all participants, especially new ones, are encouraged to attend (regardless of day of arrival), and an evening Closing Reflections on Saturday evening.   All participants who register by 10am on Monday, August 23rd will…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
September 10, 2021

This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are. This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience can work within most living situations, as long as the commitment to engage is there within you. While the weekend includes talks and plenty of time for questions, the experiential component is what grounds the practice. You will get…