ZMM Retreats

Upcoming Retreats at Zen Mountain Monastery

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

intro To Zen

INTRO TO ZEN WEEKEND

Experience Zen training for yourself. Our most popular retreat and a great place to start.

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Coming To The Monastery

COMING TO THE MONASTERY

How to enter the schedule and life of the Monastery for the first time. Come visit us on Mount Tremper.

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ONE-MONTH RETREAT

Each month we’re joined by individuals seeking an immersive experience of Monastery life.

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Upcoming Retreats at Zen Mountain Monastery

Winter Art Practice Series: Miraculous Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

January 8 - 22, 2021
Each moment, an invitation into the heart of the world is offered through the doors of the senses that pivots with a practice of connecting to the still point, then moving into creation. If you’re new-welcome to this online art practice collaboration, you can start where you are! We’ll be working on Zoom, each of us from within our home studio, in whatever medium(s) you would like to explore. Hojin will guide us in zazen and with prompts to spark the creative impulse...

ZCNYC Sangha Meeting: Noble Path Talk & Paramita Study

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

January 21, 2021
For ZCNYC Sangha Members: Please join us for the upcoming Temple Sangha Meeting. Beginning with zazen, we’ll then listen to the sixth Noble Path Talk given by Yunen Kelly followed by continued exploration of the Paramitas with a discussion on the next paramita, Meditation, led by Hojin Sensei...

The Undivided Life

with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

January 22, 2021
It matters how we use our mind. As we go about our lives, moving through our days, what are we creating? What are we perpetuating? The direct pointing of zazen makes it easier for us to see our mind, but Zen encourages us to bring our awareness into all areas of our life. How do we do this? How can we learn to live out of intention rather than out of habit?[…]

In the Presence of Dying: Compassion and Great Change

with Pema Khandro

January 23, 2021
Facing the realities of dying, death and grief are central to our human experience, yet too often we face these experiences unprepared for such a radical change, for our loved ones and for ourselves. We are not given options, and the situation cannot be rationalized away or covered up by pretense. There is a total rupture in our who-I-am-ness as we are forced to undergo a great and difficult transformation.

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

January 24, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- January 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

January 25 - 31, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Interdependence Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Hakuin’s Song of Zazen

with Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 4, 2021
Zazen is the fundamental practice of Zen practitioners, the method of all awakening. A perfect gateway for understanding and exploring zazen—which we do individually and collectively—is Zen master Hakuin’s Song of Zazen, a poem which celebrates and encourages this foundational practice. Exploring the subtle effects which arise during zazen are infinitely more important than explaining why we do zazen. What are the implications of doing or not-doing of zazen on the spiritual path?...

Winter Art Practice Series: Miraculous Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 5 - 19, 2021
Each moment, an invitation into the heart of the world is offered through the doors of the senses that pivots with a practice of connecting to the still point, then moving into creation. To study the Buddhas’ way is to study the self and to undo the woven web of knowing that constricts our heart and mind that pressures us to yield to certain results and to then open into rediscovering the continuous opportunity to release our grasp and contact the complete wonder of our life, of our raw materials—becoming not less, but more, of who we truly are. If you’re new-welcome to this online art practice collaboration, you can start where you are! We’ll be working on Zoom, each of us from within our home studio, in whatever medium(s) you would like to explore. Hojin will guide us in zazen and with prompts to spark the creative impulse.

The Appropriate Response: Zazen & Oryoki Practicum

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 6, 2021
‘Now I open Buddha Tathagathas’ eating bowls May we be relieved from self -clinging with all sentient beings.’  The practice of receiving a meal with eating bowls has been in use in China and Japan for over one thousand years in Zen Monasteries. Called Oryoki, this tradition of giving and non-attachment is comprised of three Kanji symbols: O, the receiver’s response to the offering of food. RYO, a measure, or an amount to be received and KI, the bowl. This half day will be comprised of a few periods of zazen followed by an orientation to the spirit of Oryoki and a step by step  demonstration of the ceremony as it is practiced here at Zen Mountain Monastery...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

February 7, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

The Artless Arts of Zen

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 11, 2021
There is an aesthetic thread that runs through all the Zen Arts from the gentle art of flower arranging to the warrior arts. Art historian, Shinichi Hisamatsu in his classic work Zen and the Fine Arts was the first to write formally of seven primary characteristics of the Zen Aesthetic: no rule, no complexity, no rank, no mind, no bottom, no hindrance, no stirring. Tonight we’ll take a visual tour of these qualities and their ability to unlock our powers of direct perception. We’ll contemplate the images and see how Zen Masters applied their insight to painting, calligraphy, ceramics, poetry to inspire, awaken and delight those who choose to look. To paraphrase Alan Watts, Zen Art is the “art of artlessness, the art of controlled accident.”

Precepts II: Entering the Way of Compassion

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

February 13, 2021
The vow of the Bodhisattva is to alleviate suffering and give selflessly for the benefit of all beings—to live with compassion. According to Buddhist teachings, each of us is naturally endowed with compassion. This second-level retreat is part of the MRO training program for receiving the Buddhist precepts, yet it is open to all who are interested in practicing the Dharma...

Inspired Words: Poems of the Wise Women of Early Buddhism

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

February 20, 2021
The Therigatha are a collection of poems by the first Buddhist women ordained at the time of the Buddha. Theri means “women who have grown old in knowledge” and gatha means “verse or song.” These poems are called udanas, inspired utterances which express the joy of realizing freedom from suffering.  Together we will explore one of the Therigatha poems of Ambapali, whose name means "mango protectress"...

Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine: A Retreat for Men (Self-Identified)

with Lama Rod Owens

February 20, 2021
Through retreat, meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, journaling and ritual, we will together unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally. We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

February 21, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- February 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

February 22 - 28, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 7, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 12 - 14, 2021
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...

Half-Day Sit

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 13, 2021
A three hour practice of connecting with the still point by letting our body- mind and heart take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage-- the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not only survive, but thrive...

Face-to-Face Art Practice Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

March 20, 2021
What are we facing? How do we face our shadows ? When was the last time you gazed into the marvel of your own face or the face of another with no goal other than appreciation, wonder, connection, pure presence? Seeing each other. This retreat emerged through a vibrant year of art practice with people on Zoom and a wonder. Though we have not had the physical closeness with each other, working on the computer has kept us quite socially close. What would it be like seeing how close we can actually look, and concentrate on each other’s faces, on our own face and make direct recordings?...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

March 21, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- March 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

March 22 - 28, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 4, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Half-Day Sit

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 10, 2021
A three hour practice of connecting with the still point by letting our body- mind and heart take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage-- the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not only survive, but thrive...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

April 18, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- April 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

April 19 - 25, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 30 - May 2, 2021
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 2, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 16, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- May 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

May 24 - 30, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

May 30, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 13, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- June 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

June 21 - 27, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

June 27, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 2 - 4, 2021
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 11, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- July 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

July 19 - 25, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

July 25, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Mn. Shoan Ankele and Mn. Gokan Bonebakker

July 30 - August 1, 2021
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 8, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

Beginning Instruction

with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff

August 22, 2021
Zen Mountain Monastery
A chance to receive beginning instruction in Zen meditation and an orientation to the Sunday program, which you will join following this brief class. You will have a chance to try out different meditation postures and set-ups, so plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please plan to sign on promptly at 9:45, and in order to experience the full service…

One Continuous Thread: Home Practice Intensive- August 2021

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Ron Hogen Green, Sensei

August 23 - 29, 2021
Welcome to One Continuous Thread, a way to bring elements of a formal zazen intensive into your daily life. You will be able to view and participate in parallel with ZMM's Sesshin via live webcast. We've designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in...

Introduction to Zen Practice Weekend (Online)

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi and Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 10 - 12, 2021
This online version of the Monastery’s popular monthly Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun. Designed for those new to Zen training, this retreat introduces the Monastery’s Eight Gates program, an approach for taking up the whole of our lives as a path of spiritual practice. Led by a training staff of Monastics, Home Practicing Seniors and Teachers, this online immersion experience...