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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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
Thursday Guided Meditation
Thursday Evenings    (Click to Join) 6:30pm Guided Meditation
6:30pm to 7:20pm 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...
Sunday Morning Sit
Join us for Sunday morning meditation. ($10 suggested donation)    10:00am Heart Sutra Chanting 10:10am Zazen 10:40am Kinhin 10:50am Zazen 11:20am Kinhin 11:30am Dharma Talk...
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
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
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
The Zen Priestess and the Snake: A Woman's Path of Transformation and Healing
Join Roshi Shinko for a special evening based on her book, The Zen Priestess and the Snake exploring a feminine viewpoint of Zen in America...
Monday, December 21st, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:15pm ET
Cancelled: Thursday Guided Meditation
The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care will not be holding our Thursday Evening Guided Meditation on Thursday 12/24/20. We are looking forward to...
Thursday, December 24th, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:20pm 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
New Year's Eve Sit 2020
This online evening is an opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed and ponder all the possibilities a new year might hold.
Thursday, December 31, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM EST
Cancelled: Thursday Guided Meditation
The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care will not be holding our Thursday Evening Guided Meditation on Thursday 12/31/20.
Thursday, December 31st, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:20pm ET
Coming to Terms: A Contemplative Support Group for Individuals Living with a Terminal Illness
Experiencing the diagnosis of life-limiting illness can bring forth immense grief for all of us and our loved ones. We may experience our grief in...
Bi-weekly, January 7th - June 10th, 2021 from 2:30pm-4:00pm ET, online via Zoom
Beginner's Mind Online Sesshin: A Winter Silent Retreat of Wholehearted Practice
A cornerstone of Zen practice, the Japanese word for “sesshin” means “touching the heart-mind.”
Wednesday, January 13th – Sunday, January 17th, 2021
Becoming a True Person of the Way: Commit-to-Sit 2021 A 90-Day Online Practice Period
Join Zen teachers from across the United States and Japan for an in-depth exploration of Zen practice and study. Through weekly dharma talks, daily emails,...
Wednesday, January 13th - Monday, April 12th, 2021
Shadow Culture: Exploring the Relationship between the Individual and the Collective
Guided by Eugene Taylor’s book Shadow Culture, this course taught by educator and psychotherapist Leslye Noyes, PsyD, explores Jung’s notion of the personal and collective...
One Sunday a month from January 2021 – June 2021 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm ET
How to Heal the World: A Study of the Vimalakirti Sutra
How can a bodhisattva truly effectuate his/her compassionate activity in the world?
January 27th, 2021 - April 14th, 2021 from 4:15pm-5:45pm, ET and Zazen from 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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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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