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.



Transforming care through contemplative practice
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Weekly Online Meditation Offerings
As we find our way through these uncertain times, we hope you are receiving some comfort in our meditations, podcasts and dharma talks.
Available Every Day
Sunday Morning Sit
Join us for Sunday morning meditation. ($10 suggested donation) 10:00 am: Heart Sutra Chanting 10:10 am: Zazen (sitting meditation) 10:40 am: Kinhin (walking meditation) 10:50...
Every Sunday from 10am ET to 12pm ET
Karuna Sangha (LGBTQIS)
Karuna Sangha participants identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and straight. Using Buddhist principles and practices, we open our hearts to care for...
Every Sunday at 7pm ET
Monthly Community Group Offerings
At the New York Zen Center, we aspire to always nurture community and connection. The opportunities listed below are events and programs specifically geared towards...
Midday Meditation
Join the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care community and teachers for weekly community groups and opportunities to learn and practice Zen meditation.
Mondays through Saturdays
Monday Evening Sit
Join us on Monday evenings for a community gathering and meditation sit.   ($10 suggested donation)   Monday Evening (Click to Join)6:00pm Heart Sutra Chanting6:10pm Zazen6:40pm...
Every Monday from 6:00pm ET to 7:15pm ET
Wednesday Evening Sit
Join the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care community and guiding teachers for a meditation gathering on Wednesday evenings.
Every Wednesday from 6:00pm ET to 7:20pm ET
Thursday Guided Meditation
Thursday Evenings    (Click to Join) 6:30pm Guided Meditation and community discussion led by Chodo Sensei7:20pm Evening Gatha
6:30pm to 7:20pm ET
This group is designed specifically for Clinicians in Healthcare, and Mental Health field including Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychotherapists and Chaplains.
September 25th, October 30th, November 27th
Serenity Sangha
Serenity Sangha is a sober meditation community with a Buddhist approach to inter fellowship recovery.   Each meeting will begin with a 15 minute meditation,...
The first Friday of the month from 7pm ET to 8:15pm ET
Wisdom Sangha
We will use meditation, dharma teachings, discussion and have some fun looking at our individual experiences on this sacred journey. This program is open to...
The second Friday of Each month from 6:30pm ET to 8:15pm ET
Caregiver Support Group
Whether you are a professional or volunteer caregiver, or you are caring for a family member, a friend or a loved one, drop in and...
One Saturday a month
Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach
Coping with the loss of someone or something we love is one of life’s biggest challenges. This online support group will provide an opportunity to...
Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace
We are happy to welcome fellow sangha member, Claire Dainen Willis to celebrate the publication of her second book, Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way...
December Half-Day Retreat 2020
Silently engaging in sitting and walking meditation, hearing a dharma talk, and joining in conversation with the community are wonderful ways to spend a Saturday...
Saturday, December 12 from 9:00am ET to 1:00pm 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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