Visiting The Temple

Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple

Please make your first visit to Zen Center of New York City on a Sunday morning. Each Sunday from 9:30 to 12:30 we offer a program that includes liturgy, zazen (Zen meditation), and a talk by a teacher or senior MRO student. The Sunday morning program will introduce you to the practice of Zen and give you a feeling for how we train in the MRO. Those joining us for the first time receive beginning instruction in zazen. We ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Once you have come for our Sunday Program and have received beginning instruction, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for zazen and liturgy throughout the week. For additional information see our “What to Expect at the Sunday Morning Program” page.

The weekly schedule at Fire Lotus Temple is currently in flux due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For up-to-date information on our weekly schedule, please contact the Temple office at or 718-875-8229.

Zazen Schedule

Sunday Mornings:
Year Round
8:30am: Caretaking (Come help take care of the Temple)
9:30am – 12:30pm: Liturgy, Beginning Instruction, Zazen, and Sunday Talk
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if this is your first visit. The suggested donation for Sunday Service is $5. Plan on participating in the full Sunday morning program. Please join us for refreshments after the program.

Wednesday – Friday Mornings:
6:30 – 6:55 am Morning Zazen. Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.
6:55 – 7:05 — Kinhin – Walking Meditation
7:05 – 7:30 — Zazen
7:30 – 7:50 — Morning Service

Tuesday – Friday Evenings:
Year Round
6:30 – 7:05 pm — Evening Zazen. Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.
7:05 – 7:15 — Kinhin – Walking Meditation
7:15 – 8:00 — Zazen & Four Vows

The suggested donation for Tuesday – Saturday is $3.

Please note: When a zazenkai is taking place, there is no Saturday morning or evening zazen. When a half-day sit is taking place, there is no Saturday morning zazen. For schedule changes, please see the Temple Notes, our weekly email bulletin. The Temple is closed from Sunday 2pm to Tuesday 2pm.

Beginning Instruction

Instruction in zazen is offered every Sunday as part of our Sunday morning program. If you are unable to attend on a Sunday, please call the Temple training office to arrange for beginning instruction at another time.

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