Staying Connected

Sangha Practice Groups + Meetings with Teachers & Seniors

Sangha Practice Groups

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Daily, Monday-Saturdays, beginning at 7am 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: 7am zazen, 7:30am “Verse of the Kesa”, 5-minute break, 7:35am zazen, 8:05am “Four Immeasureables,” dedication and “All Buddhas”, check-in and goodbyes.  Please click Here to register via Zoom.
Mondays, bimonthly, evenings
BIPOC Book Group, The book group will conclude its study of My Grandmother’s Hands at the end of March. The next book selection will be Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous supplemented with his poetry in Night Sky with Exit Wounds. The rotating facilitators will also have a chance to bring in short works for the group to study. Contact or
Weekly on Mondays, 6:30-8pm.
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 to get to know each other.  Open to all levels.  Feel free to bring a friend! Please join us on Monday evenings at either 6:30 or 7:00pm.  The schedule is as follows: optional period of zazen (6:30- 7pm), short break (7 – 7:05pm), zazen (7:05- 7:35pm), liturgy (7:35-7:40pm), social check-in (7:40- 8pm). Click Here to register via Zoom. Questions? Contact us at
Weekly on Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm.
LGBTQ+ Sitting Group (for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other): Please join us on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm 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
Each Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8pm.
Sangha Practice Group: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Come together in the Sangha Treasure each week in support of each other’s practice. Using discussion and text study we illuminate this moment with wisdom and compassion. We are reading the classic poetic text, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.  All are welcome; no preparation is necessary. Senior lay disciple, Seigei Spark, facilitates the conversation. Please Click here to join. Print and digital copies of the book are widely available online.
Wednesdays, usually bimonthly, 6:30-8pm. Upcoming dates: March 31st, April 14th & 28th
BIPOC Sangha Practice Group (for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or Person of Color)
An on-going bimonthly meeting of sangha members who identify as BIPOC. A peer-facilitated practice and discussion group. More on-going training, practice and community building opportunities are in the works, so please stay tuned.
Click Here to register and receive a Zoom link for the meeting. You can also contact the group coordinators via

Sundays bi-monthly, 1-2pm & 2-3:30pm.
People of African Descent (PAD) Sangha Group & Book Study
The PAD Sangha Practice Group will meet monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1pm to provide a supportive environment for African-American and other African-descended dharma practitioners. Next meeting, April 18th.  The PAD Book Group will meet bi-monthly from 2-3:30pm (right after the Sangha Group) and will begin with the study of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. Next meetings, April 4th & 18th.  Register here for either meeting. For more information contact

Sunday, monthly, 1pm-2:30pm.
“Me & White Supremacy” Sangha  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 it’s many biases and blindspots, using the study guide Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad. The six-month commitment MRO group is now closed, but feel free to join the open ZCNYC What is Whiteness groupnext meeting March 28, then every 4th Sunday. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Dojaku or Yunen to get connected.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Meeting
A support and discussion group for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. We meet on Sunday’s after Sesshin from 1:30-3:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!  Click Here to register and receive a Zoom link for the meeting. You can also contact the group coordinators via

Sundays, bimonthly, 4-5:30pm. Upcoming dates: April 4th & 18th
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.  People parenting children of all ages are welcome to join!  Click here to register via Zoom. For more details, please contact Rachael Seijo Nevins at

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 have received new signup instructions by email on July 30. If you would like assistance with this, please contact the registrar.; 845-688-2228

Shugen Roshi : Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm and Sundays 9:45-10:35am.  (except during sesshin)
Hojin Sensei : Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm and Sundays 9:45-10:35am.  (except during sesshin)
Hogen Sensei:  Saturdays and Mondays between 10 and 12pm.

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 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.

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