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 Livestream
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.
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 sign up. Questions? Contact us at Scroll further down for information about our online TGNC Cafe and TGNC Quarterly Affinity Group Meetings, taking place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
2nd Monday of every month, 6pm – 8pm EST
BIAPoC Book Group (for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or Person of Color): 
To be added to our email list, please message or
Reading Schedule: contact Ajay or Eiko for the schedule and current reading material.
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!
** Also look out for our LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group’s quarterly meetings: Personal Stories of Identity and Zen Practice
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The next quarterly meeting will be March 14, 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 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: Book 39 of The Avatamsaka Sutra You are invited to read, recite, and listen to Entry into The Realm of Reality Join us as we follow the journey of the boy Sudhana and his meetings with remarkable teachers; a wide array of “good friends” including 21 female teachersand 32 male teachers: child, adult, human, divine, and 9 Night Goddesses! We will screenshare the text from Thomas Cleary’s translation. 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)
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 TGNC Cafe will take place on Wednesday February 14th. Click here to sign up.
  • The next quarterly meeting will take place in April. Check our programs page. Registration coming soon!

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.

Join us for on these Wednesdays: for 2024: Jan 31, Feb 21, March 27, April 24, May 29 from 12 to 1:30pm. Click here to sign up.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month (usually!), 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. Upcoming dates: 3/13, 4/03, 4/17, 5/01, 5/15 + Facilitators: Senior lay students Michelle Seigei Spark and Maureen Jisho Ford. Click here to sign up.

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, 1:00–2:30 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 this group at any time at its monthly meeting the 3rd Sunday of every month, 1-2:30pm. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Yunen 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 Dates: 1/28, 2/11, 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 5/5 . Click here to sign up.

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: 2nd Wednesday of each month 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Hogen Sensei: Sundays & Mondays 9:45-11 a.m. (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