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 & Theatre of the Oppressed

February 23, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) partners with community members at local organizations to form theatre troupes. These troupes devise and perform plays based on their challenges confronting economic inequality, racism, and other social, health and human rights injustices. After each performance, actors and audiences engage in […]

Half-Day Sit – February

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 23, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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. […]

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop

February 23, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) partners with community members at local organizations to form theatre troupes. These troupes devise and perform plays based on their challenges confronting economic inequality, racism, and other social, health and human rights injustices. After each performance, actors and audiences engage in […]

Mind-Body Bridging

with Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei

March 2, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Mind-Body Bridging cultivates awareness skills to heighten recognition of various aspects of mind-body states. The process then offers mapping exercises to inform sources of discord. Over time, with increased awareness, practitioners learn to […]

Sesshin

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

March 7 - 10, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We wake up each day before dawn to begin a schedule that includes 7 to 10 hours of zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki) […]

Miraculous Display

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 16, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Using spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually addressed only on the individual/psychological level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved […]

Precepts Mondo

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 20, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Women of the Way Zazenkai

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 23, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 […]

Zen Essentials — Practicing Your Life at Work

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

March 28, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Today’s practitioners are in virtually every work place of contemporary life. Some of these environments can be very supportive and conducive to the study of the self, while others can seem downright hostile. This seminar will offer participants practical guidance on how to begin exploring one’s work as an aspect of Zen practice and offer tools on how to skillfully[…]

Half-Day Sit – March

March 30, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 – April

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 13, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 […]

What Gets Left Out? Exploring Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

with Sebene Selassie

April 20, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Using spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually addressed only on the individual/psychological level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved […]

Half-Day Sit – April

April 28, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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. […]

Precepts I: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

May 4, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in […]

Zazenkai – May

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 11, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 […]

Raising Voice Workshop

with Robert Een

May 18, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The voice is a deeply personal expression of who we are. Raising Voice is about the creative process as a reflection of spiritual practice. Concentration, presence of mind, awareness of breath, and dealing with mental distractions are required for […]

Half-Day Sit – May

May 25, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
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 – June

with MRO Teachers

June 1, 2019
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 […]

Precepts Mondo

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

June 6, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Open Sky

June 13 - 15, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Meditation intensives traditionally utilize a powerful, carefully designed schedule of zazen and other forms of training. Within the outer discipline that these highly structured intensives offer, students develop an inner discipline of silence, stillness and careful attention. This Open Sky retreat integrates the same intensity and dedication of sesshin, with the open, formless quality of a hermitage. The purpose is to encourage students to cultivate and bring forth their own inner strength and resolve […]

Finding The Still Point

with Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

June 21 - 23, 2019
When the mind becomes quiet, we are placed in a space to clearly see the relationship we have to the activities within our lives. This weekend is designed to develop the confidence to deepen your[…]

Precepts Mondo

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 8, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Intermediate Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 13 - 18, 2019
This is one of the foremost Kyudo training opportunities in the US. You'll receive personalized instruction in basic and formal group shooting. You'll learn formless aspects of Kyudo as well. Designed for anyone who has taken “first shot” at the Monastery or elsewhere.[…]

Beginners Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive

with Don Symanski

August 14 - 18, 2019
Through meticulous attention to detail, all aspects of the Kyudo form and movements provide a subtle mirror of the self, as well as an opportunity for deep study. In this outstanding retreat, beginners will receive training in the Seven Coordinations[…]

Precepts Mondo

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

September 11, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Open Sky

October 10 - 12, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
Meditation intensives traditionally utilize a powerful, carefully designed schedule of zazen and other forms of training. Within the outer discipline that these highly structured intensives offer, students develop an inner discipline of silence, stillness and careful attention. This Open Sky retreat integrates the same intensity and dedication of sesshin, with the open, formless quality of a hermitage. The purpose is to encourage students to cultivate and bring forth their own inner strength and resolve […]

Precepts Mondo

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

October 16, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]

Precepts Mondo

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

December 20, 2019
Zen Center of New York City
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of Q&A style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussions about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.[…]