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Sangha Practice Groups + Meetings with Teachers & Seniors

Sangha Practice Groups

We encourage everyone participating in any of our Zoom events to add your pronouns to your name in order to promote gender inclusion. To do this, once in the Zoom meeting click on the three dots in the corner of your screen, edit your name and add your pronouns. Here’s a link on why that’s important: zmm.org/pronouns.
Daily Zazen over Zoom and Livestream
Please visit ZMM.org/zazen-online for times and links.
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. Central European Time
European Sangha Practice Group
Calling all practitioners across the pond! Join fellow practitioners for two periods of zazen and chanting. The schedule is as follows: zazen (7:00), “Verse of the Kesa” (7:30), 5-minute break, zazen (7:35), “Four Immeasurables” (8:05), dedication of merit, check-in and goodbyes. Please click Here to register via Zoom.
Monday, weekly, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
TGNC Sangha Practice Group (for those who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming): A safe space for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people to practice together and get to know each other. Feel free to bring a friend! Please join us on Monday evenings at either 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows: optional period of zazen (6:30), short break (7:00), zazen (7:05), liturgy (7:35), social check-in (7:40). Click Here to register via Zoom. Questions? Contact us at lgbtqia@dharma.net.
Monday, monthly, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
BIAPoC Book Group (for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or Person of Color): For the schedule and to be added to this group’s email updates, please contact ajay.chandra@gmail.com or eikomalqui@gmail.com. In the fall, we will begin reading Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s The Shamanic Bones of Zen: Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition. Our meetings are a mixture of chapter discussions and body-centered practices with rotating facilitation. The meeting dates and corresponding page numbers to read are as follows:
Mon, Oct 10 – (Pg 1 – 54)
Mon, Nov 7 – (Pg 54 – 98)
Mon, Dec 5 – (Pg 99 – 155)

** Additionally, following up on the recent seminar offered to the MRO sangha by Rima Vesely-Flad, author of Black Buddhism and Black Liberation, our BIAPoC affinity groups are hosting a gathering with Rima on October 5th to explore the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S. Those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or as Person of Color/Culture (BIAPoC) may register here.

Tuesday, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
LGBTQIA+ Sitting Group (for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, or other): Please join us for two periods of zazen, followed by a half-hour community check-in. Click Here to register via Zoom. You can also contact the group coordinators via lgbtqia@dharma.net.
First Tuesday of the month, 7–9 p.m.
Asian Sangha Gathering
A space for those of Asian heritage to empower and heal one another. Monthly group that meets the first Tuesday of each month for anyone who identifies as Asian or is of Asian descent to come together in solidarity. Register here. You can contact the group coordinators via asg@dharma.net.
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m EDT
Reading the Fall 2022 Ango Core texts: A Sangha Practice Group
Beginning Tuesday October 4, you are invited to join with good friends as we read, recite, and listen to all of the Dharma texts offered for Fall Ango. These include the beautiful fascicle The Moon (Tsuki) by Dogen; The Therigatha: 73 poems of the early bhikkhunis and their accomplishments in practicing the Way; and the Bhikkhuni-Samyutta, ten stories of nuns meditating in the forest, and how when accosted by the evil Mara, they splendidly vanquish him! Register here for a Zoom link. For further information and handy reading materials, please contact baconwarren915@gmail.com.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Dharma Conversation and Text Study Group
Join in for zazen, Dharma text study, and conversation. Using the practices of the Six Paramitas; to bring the other shore to us.
Our text: Deep Hope: Zen Guidance for Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless, by Diane Eshin Rizzetto: Abbess and Guiding Teacher of the Bay Zen Center in Oakland, California.
Facilitator: Senior lay disciple Michelle Seigei Spark. Click here to register via Zoom. September meetings: 9/7, 9/21.

Thursday, every third week, 12;30-1:30pm
MRO Women for Conversation & Connection
Join Senior students Chikei Levister and Shinji Hoffman for a meeting of practitioners who identify as women every third Thursday of the month. We’re hoping this time might fit into your lunch hour. Bring your snack, sandwich, tea or coffee, dark chocolate bar, crunchy apple or just yourself! Let’s get together and share around practice, our spiritual lives, and being women in the MRO. Register here to receive a zoom link.

Thursday, quarterly, next meeting September 15th, 7–8:30 p.m.
LGBTQIA+
 Affinity Group
Meeting (for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, or other): The next meeting in our series of quarterly gatherings, Personal Stories of Identity and Practice, takes place September 15th at 7pm. A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. We look forward to seeing you there! You can contact the group coordinators via lgbtqia@dharma.net.

First Sunday of the month, 3pm.
People of African Descent (PAD) Sangha Gathering & Book Study
In advance of each gathering, one of our members volunteers to lead a discussion based on a reading, a video, etc. Contact wells.robin@gmail.com for more information and to sign up. ** Additionally, following up on the recent seminar offered to the MRO sangha by Rima Vesely-Flad, author of Black Buddhism and Black Liberation, our BIAPoC affinity groups are hosting a gathering with Rima on October 5th to explore the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S. Those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or as Person of Color/Culture (BIAPoC) may register here.

Third Sunday of the month, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
“What is Whiteness?” Sangha Affinity Group
This group is for those who identify as white and is part of an ongoing monthly inquiry—based in Dharma practice—into Whiteness and its many biases and blind spots. You are welcome to join the open ZCNYC What is Whiteness group, meeting the 3rd Sunday of every month, 1-2:30pm. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Dojaku or Yunen to get connected.

Sunday, monthly, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Parents Together in Practice
Our intention is to create a (virtual) space for parents to come together to support each other in the Dharma and their everyday lives. We welcome people parenting children of all ages and members of all family structures and identities. Click here to register via Zoom. For more details, please contact Rachael Seijo Nevins at raeraenevins@gmail.com.
**CURRENTLY ON HIATUS**
BIAPoC Sangha Practice Group (for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or Person of Color):
A meeting of sangha members who identify as BIAPoC. You can contact the group coordinators via biapoc@dharma.net.

One-to-one Meetings with Teachers and Seniors

Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei, and Hogen Sensei are each meeting with formal MRO Students over Zoom for face-to-face teaching. Students should already have signup instructions but if you would like assistance with this, please contact the registrar at registrar@dharma.net; 845-688-2228.

Shugen Roshi: Wednesdays 7:45–8:45 p.m. (except during sesshin)
Hojin Sensei: Wednesdays 6:45–7:45 p.m. and Sundays 9:45–10:35 a.m. (except during sesshin)
Hogen Sensei: Sundays & Mondays 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

One-to-one Meetings with Seniors
During these unusual and stressful times you may find it helpful to speak with a lay practitioner about tending to your practice or taking care of the challenges that life is presenting these days. Please email seniorstudents@dharma.net if interested and someone will get back to you. This opportunity is open to anyone who identifies as a sangha member, regardless of any formal affiliation. The following senior lay students are available for one-on-one phone or video calls. Feel free to mention by name the person you’d like to speak with, if you have a preference.

Chris Yudo Abraham, Michelle Seigei Spark, Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Maureen Jisho Ford, Patrick Yunen Kelly, Prabu Gikon Vasan, Michael Chizen Brown