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 every day; we gather together as a community in support of one another. Our community is made up of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, including 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:

Introduction to Meditation

Join the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care community and teachers for a brief evening introduction to the practices and view of meditation practice.

The first Monday of every month from 5:00-5:45pm

Sunday Sangha
10:00 am: Zazen (sitting meditation)
10:30 am: Kinhin (walking meditation)
10:40 am: Zazen (sitting meditation)
11:10 am: Kinhin (walking meditation)
11:20 am: Zazen (sitting meditation)
11:30 am: Dharma Talk
12:00 pm: Chant The Four Vows

Karuna Sangha
for LGBTQIS meets every Sunday at 7pm.
Please click here to read more.

Afternoon Meditation
Monday through Thursday,
12:30 pm- 1:00 pm

Monday Sangha Gathering
6:00 pm: Zazen (sitting meditation)
6:30 pm: Dharma Talk
6:50 pm: Discussion
7:15 pm: Chant The Four Vows

Wednesday Evening Meditation
6:00 pm: Zazen (sitting meditation)
6:30 pm: Kinhin (walking meditation)
6:35 pm: Zazen
7:05 pm: Chant The Four Vows

Serenity Sangha
A sober meditation community combining inter-fellowship 12 step and Buddhist traditions that meets every Friday promptly at 7:00 pm. For more details about the group, click here.