Grounded in the dharma.
Devoted to contemplative care.

We are a Dharma organization committed to transforming people’s lives through Zen practice, contemplative caregiving and learning.


We offer daily online sitting at 12:30 pm ET and both online and in-person practice on Monday, Wednesday evenings, and Sunday mornings. All levels are welcome. Join us for practice and study.




Contemplative Medicine Fellowship Info Session
Join us for this free, online information session about the Contemplative Medicine Fellowship — a twelve-month training for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses (NP &...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2024 | 1:00PM – 2:00 PM ET
Silently engaging in sitting and walking meditation, hearing a dharma talk, and connecting with community are wonderful ways to spend a Saturday morning.
Saturday, April 20th, 2024 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
Foundations in Contemplative Care ~ Online Information Session
Join us for this free, online information session about the Foundations in Contemplative Care program — a nine-month training program in spiritual caregiving — now...
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH, 2024 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Online Pet Loss Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief & Care
Coping with the loss of a pet can present a wide range of difficult and unexpected emotions including, shock, disbelief, and profound sadness. Many pet...
WEDNESDAYS, MAY 8TH – JUNE 19TH, 2024 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Join us for a morning of sitting and walking meditation, hearing a dharma talk, and fundraising for NYZC's many scholarship opportunities!
Saturday, May 11th, 2024 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
Commit to Sit: Throw Yourself into the House of Buddha | Summer 2024
Through weekly online dharma talks, daily practice emails, private group discussions, daily meditation opportunities, and more, we will allow our practice to strip away the...
90 Days of Practice | June 12th – September 9th, 2024
Mizuko Kuyo Ceremony for Loss (In Person Only)
Mizuko Kuyo is a Buddhist ceremony to acknowledge the loss of those who have experienced a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or an abortion.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD, 2024 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM ET
Contemplative Medicine Fellowship 2024-2025
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's twelve month training for physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants who want to transform their role as clinicians...
Commencing July 27th, 2024
Wholehearted Sesshin: Summer Silent Retreat at Garrison Institute
Join us for an eight-day intensive retreat focusing on rediscovering our values and living life to the fullest held at the Garrison Institute in Garrison,...
Wednesday, July 31st - Wednesday, August 7th, 2024
Foundations in Contemplative Care 2024–2025
Foundations in Contemplative Care is a comprehensive course of study providing an introduction to care from a Zen Buddhist perspective. Created by NYZC co-founders, Sensei Chodo Robert...
Commencing September 6th, 2024
Contemplative Care Retreat 2024: The Nobility of Imperfection
Held at the Garrison Institute, our Contemplative Care Retreat is an invitation to connect with others and deepen your practice, grounded in the practice of...
September 25th – 29th, 2024 | Garrison Institute


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The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care offers guidance for people interested in beginning meditation or continuing in their existing practice; we train people from all walks of life— including medical professionals, parents, lawyers, artist and bankers—in compassionate caregiving; we support people and their loved ones through serious illness and death, and assists family and friends during their grieving process. We also celebrate and honor many of life’s meaningful moments.

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