ZCNYC Retreats

Upcoming Retreats at Zen Center of New York City

Explore Zen Center of New York City through one of our upcoming retreats. Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the ZCNYC. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options. If you are looking for retreats at the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper NY, click here.

Upcoming ZCNYC Retreats

Half-Day Sit – June

June 23, 2018
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement.[…]

On Death & Dying: Allowing Death to Teach Us How to Live

With Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson

June 30, 2018
ZCNYC
Who wouldn’t rather avoid the subject of death? Most of us may wait until we are face-to-face with it before ever wondering: Who am I? However, death can be one of our greatest teachers; awareness of our mortality can actually enrich our lives. But first we need to embrace the inescapable truth that we will […]

Zazenkai – July

With Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

July 14, 2018
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Compassion at Your Fingertips: A Kannon Bodhisattva Sculpture Workshop

With Tom Matsuda and Mn. Shoan Ankele

July 21, 2018
A Buddha image is much more than a statue. When we look at a Buddha image on an altar with an open mind and heart, it has the power to stir our deepest longings to live this life as an awakened, compassionate being. The truth expressed by that image is felt as something real and alive. In this retreat with sculptor and teacher Tom Matsuda [...]

Ikebana: The Meditative Art of Flower Arrangement

With Ikuko Sano Matsuda

July 21, 2018
ZCNYC
Every branch, leaf, and flower has a beautiful line and rhythm made by nature. Ikebana (or kado: the way of flowers) is a discovery of each flowering plant’s own expression and a meditative practice of arranging flowers together so that they bring life to each other in simple harmony. Kado co-arose with the development of Buddhism in Japan and it is often considered […]

Half-Day Sit – July

July 28, 2018
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Zazenkai – August

With Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei

August 4, 2018
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Classical Qigong for Total Health, Emotional Balance and Spiritual Clarity

With Paul Bloom

August 11, 2018
In this workshop we'll first use seated meditation, including Embryonic Breathing, to create a tranquil body, calm the mind, and gather qi. We will then combine this with the Hsing Yi Internals practice to cultivate total health, greater strength, vitality […]

Ink, Brush, Paper: An Introduction to Kanji

With William Kando Johnston

August 18, 2018
ZCNYC
By using brush calligraphy as a base, this workshop will help provide a basic understanding of some of the common kanji found in Zen practice. Beginning with some of the simple characters that appear frequently, we will examine not only the brushwork but also the structure of kanji, their evolution over time, and some examples of their use in Buddhism, especially by some of the great calligraphers such as […]

Chado: The Way of Tea

With Andrew Hobai Pekarik

August 18, 2018
ZCNYC
This daylong retreat will be a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking and discussion. At the heart of it will be the appreciation of this very moment, and the joy of sharing that with others. […]

Half-Day Sit – August

August 25, 2018
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]

Zazenkai – September

September 15, 2018
Zazenkai presents us with an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. Each day includes an extended schedule of zazen, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher or dharma holder, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to […]

Half-Day Sit – September

September 29, 2018
These short zazen intensives are popular with those new to Zen practice or meditation, as well as more experienced students. The morning offers a time of silence and stillness and provides an excellent way to explore and deepen one’s zazen. The retreat will be introduced and concluded with dharma words of encouragement. […]