To study the Way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to allow the ten thousand things to flow.
—Zen Master Dogen, from the Genjōkōan
The heart of our work at New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is based on the practice of meditation, contemplation, and Zen precepts. To care for the world, we care for ourselves. In caring for ourselves, we care for the whole world.
Meditation has been clinically proven to benefit one’s health and well-being. This often is the initial motivation to begin practice. The promise of a continuous meditation practice is freedom from suffering caused by the many layers of conditioning we foster, in our attempt to maintain a fixed sense of self. The practice of meditation allows us to experience the ease and joy of being: we are fresh and new in each moment.
Meditation is a practice that we do everyday; we gather together as community in support of one another. Our community is made up of Jewish, Catholic, Episcopal, Tibetan and Zen Buddhists and those who don’t identify with any particular tradition.
All are welcome, from those curious about meditation to those who have been meditating for decades. Chairs and cushions are available.
Below are our current offerings for meditation and Zen practice. They are also listed on our Upcoming Events page.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO EVENING SIT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, DUE TO OUR COMMUNITY POT LUCK DINNER. PLEASE COME JOIN US.
10:00 am: Zazen
10:30 am: Kinhin
10:40 am: Zazen
11:10 am: Kinhin
11:20 am: Zazen
11:30 am: Dharma Talk
12:00 pm: The Four Vows
ALSO: We now have Karuna Sangha every Sunday at 7pm. Please click here to read more!
Monday through Thursday Afternoon Meditations
12:30 pm- 1:00 pm
Monday Sangha Gathering
6:00 pm: Zazen
6:30 pm: Dharma Talk
6:50 pm: Discussion
7:15 pm: Chant The Four Vows
Wednesday Evening Meditations
6:00 pm: Zazen
6:30 pm: Kinhin
6:35 pm: Zazen
7:05 pm: Chant The Four Vows
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings, there is no sitting at the Center.