Staying Connected

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:
Daily Zazen over Zoom and Live Streaming
Please visit for times and links.
Monday-Saturday: Zazen 7:00 a.m. Central European Time + Monday: Reading and Discussion 8:00 p.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 sign up.
2nd Monday of every month, 6pm – 8pm EST
BIAPoC Book Group (for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or Person of Color): 
For updates on our readings and the zoom link, please join our Gaggle Group via this link.
If you have any difficulty joining, please email
Tuesday, 7:00–8:30 p.m. – except during sesshin
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 sign up. This is a support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. You can contact the group coordinators via We look forward to seeing you!
First Tuesday of the month, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Asian Sangha Gathering
A welcoming space for people of Asian heritage to come together and support each other. We apply Buddhist teachings and concepts to help us connect and grow by sharing our own stories and experiences. Come join us and let’s build a community of understanding and compassion. Click here to sign up or contact the group coordinators via

1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
An online Sangha Practice Group- Sutra reading:You are invited to read, recite, and listen to
The Woman Who Raised The Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati by Wendy Garling. We will screenshare the texts. Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions, contact

Third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m.
TGNC Cafe – An Informal Online Space for TGNC Sangha Discussion, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Feb, Mar, May, June, Aug, Sept, Nov, Dec)
  • Click here to sign up for TGNC Cafe.
TGNC Quarterly Affinity Group Meeting, online, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Jan, April, July, Oct)
Join the TGNC Sangha on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Most months will feature the informal TGNC virtual “Cafe”, where you’re invited to come and share whatever is on your mind in a supportive atmosphere staffed by experienced practitioners and sponsored by the TGNC Sangha Affinity Group. Four months out of the year will be reserved for the TGNC Quarterly Affinity Group Meeting where we will explore a topic related to TGNC identity and Buddhist practice.
  • The next Quarterly Meeting will take place July 17th. Check our programs page for regsitration.

Selected Wednesdays Monthly, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
At the Dharma Well — a monthly women’s meeting: Since ancient times women have gathered at the well not only to draw water, a necessity for life, but to share what was happening in their lives. Whether they were going through a difficult time or celebrating something joyous, women at the well could hold it all. Women returned home renewed from sharing with their sisters. Join seniors Chikei Levister and Shinji Hoffman, once a month, and get to better know your Dharma sisters. Meet us at the Dharma Well for inspiration, encouragement, and support. We will follow the process for an affinity group where everyone has the opportunity to share and there is no crosstalk. The purpose will be to give and receive unconditional love in a safe and non-judgmental space. We hope we will develop a better understanding of each other, and our friendships will grow.

This group is on hiatus for the summer 2024.

Selected Wednesdays Monthly, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
A Circle of Men: A Dharma-based men’s affinity group.
Anyone who identifies as a man is welcome. This sangha group is to provide a space for us to draw upon our experience with meditation and dharma study to examine our conditioning as men, and the effect this has on ourselves and others. Please register so that we know how many to expect.
Our first meetings will be June 5th, July 17th, and August 14th, from 6:30 to 8pm. Click here to sign up

Select Wednesdays (usually twice per month), 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Dharma Conversation and Text Study Group
Join in for zazen, Dharma text study, dharma conversation, and listening deeply. New text in March: The Heroic Heart: Awakening Unbound Compassion by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. A modern commentary on (14 C.) Tokme Zangpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. Selected Wednesdays though the summer. Facilitators: Senior lay students Michelle Seigei Spark and Maureen Jisho Ford. Click here to sign up.
Thursdays, quarterly 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group’s quarterly meetings: Personal Stories of Identity and Zen Practice
The next quarterly meeting will be September 2024. Check our programs page.

The LGBTQIA+ Quarterly Group Meeting is a support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as a part of the LGBTQIA+ Community. You are welcome to join us at our quarterly meeting as we gather together to provide a safe refuge. Each meeting features two diverse speakers who will offer and share their personal stories of identity and zen practice and how they both inform and intersect practice and the noble path. Meetings will also invite discussion and support as we flourish and reinforce one another. Any questions can be sent to the group coordinators at

First Sunday of the month, 3:00 p.m.
People of African Descent (PAD) Sangha Gathering & Book Study: We are currently we are reading “You Belong” by Sebene Selassie.  Discussions are led by one of us on a rotating basis.  Please contact if you would for more information or to sign up.

Third Sunday of the month, 1:30–3:00 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 this group at any time at its monthly zoom meeting on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 1:30-3:00pm. Newcomers are always welcome. Please contact Kiho or Chigo to get connected.

Sundays, monthly or bimonthly, 8:00 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. For more details, please contact Rachael Seijo Nevins at 2024 Dates: 6/23, 7/14, 8/25.  Click here to sign up.
Sundays, afternoon various programs
The Diamond Net: Sangha support in old age, sickness, and death
The inevitabilities of old age, sickness, and death are no different today than they were nearly 2500 years ago when the Buddha encountered them as a young prince. The Diamond Net aspires to address the needs of sangha members who are encountering difficult times with meetings weekly each month as follows:
FEET ON THE GROUND meets on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:30 – 3:30 to provide updates on work that we’re doing and to give space for caring for caregivers.
GROWING THE GARDEN meets twice monthly to work on projects that will strengthen ties within our sangha.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH: workshops on pertinent topics such end of life, caring for caregivers, disability awareness, etc.
Contact for schedule and zoom links, or visit our webpage by clicking here.
Sunday after Sesshin, monthly at 1:45pm
LGBTQIA+ In-person meeting (for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, or other): This is a support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. You can contact the group coordinators via We look forward to seeing you!

One-to-one Meetings with Teachers and Seniors

Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei are each meeting with their 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; 845-688-2228.

Hojin Sensei: Wednesdays 7:45-8:45 pm (by request)
Hogen Sensei: Sundays & Mondays 9:45-11:00 am (exceptions: prior to, and after ango sesshins)

One-to-one Meetings with Seniors
You may find it helpful to speak with a lay practitioner about tending to your practice or taking care of life’s challenges. Please email 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