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

For the Love of Life: An Art Practice Series (over Zoom)
July 3, 2020

  Buddhadharma teaches that our life can be experienced as a miraculous display of awakened nature in which all phenomenon spring from the same source, the ordinary magic of mind. In this new Zoom series, we will practice the wonder of how to meet the many aspects of ourselves, our materials, and objects with loving attention, opening the senses every moment as a changing, shifting display. Zazen practice will be the basic ground as we attune to how the visible and invisible work together to produce the miraculous, beautiful shapes, sounds, movements and colors that are born out of stillness, silence and spaciousness all energetically alive.     Three Fridays a Month: July 3, 17 & 31st: 10:30am-12:00pm.  August 7, 14 & 28th: 10:30am-12:00pm. Participate in the series or come for one or more session. Drop-ins welcome; not necessary to be part of all sessions. Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session. Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.  

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive
August 17, 2020

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 Hazy Moon 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.   When you register, please indicate if you are…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
September 11, 2020

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
September 21, 2020

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 Mountains and Rivers 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.   When you register, please indicate if you…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive
October 19, 2020

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 Harvest 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.   When you register, please indicate if you are already…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
October 30, 2020

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
November 16, 2020

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 Shuso Hossen 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.   When you register, please indicate if you are…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)
November 27, 2020

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…