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.




NYZC Annual Holiday Party
Join us at the center for an informal holiday gathering filled with good cheer and good friends!
December 12th, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
The Nature of Awakened Practice: Walking the Path with the Zen Ancestors
Join Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei in a 13-week study of the Sōtō Zen lineage and how we can learn from and be supported by the...
Wednesdays, Jan 25th – May 10th, 2023, from 4:15 pm – 7:15 pm ET
Every Moment is Practice: A 90-Day Commit To Sit Practice Period
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...
January 11th – April 10th, 2023
Beginner’s Mind Sesshin: A Winter Silent Retreat of Wholehearted Practice at the Garrison Institute
Start the new year in community with us for Winter Sesshin at The Garrison Institute. Sesshin provides an extraordinary opportunity to slow down, enjoy a...
Wednesday, January 11th – Sunday, January 15th, 2023
December Half-Day Retreat 2022
Join us for the December half-day silent retreat. Silently engaging in sitting and walking meditation, hearing a dharma talk, and connecting with community are wonderful...
Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
New Year's Eve Sit 2022 | Online & In-Person
This evening is an opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed and ponder all the possibilities a new year might hold. Join Chodo...
December 31st, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET


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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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Generous donations in support of our efforts to transform spiritual care are the lifeblood of our organization.