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



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Realizing Your True Nature: Commit-to-Sit 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, June 2nd - Monday, August 30th, 2021
Moving from Loss to Found: An Online Writing Workshop
In this writing workshop, participants will explore the alchemy of grief and learn how we can use it to initiate growth, self-compassion, and emotional progress.
Wednesday June 30th - July 21st, 2021 from 6:30pm-8:00pm ET
Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss
Coping with the loss of someone or something we love is one of life’s biggest challenges. Using various tools such as sharing stories, writing, poetry,...
Tuesdays, June 22nd, 2021 – August 10th, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET 
Mizuko Kuyo Ceremony for Loss
Mizuko Kuyo is a Buddhist ceremony to acknowledge the loss of those who have experienced a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or an abortion. The ceremony is...
Sunday, June 27th, 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET
Zazenkai: A Full Day Online Retreat
This daylong online retreat is an opportunity to engage in silent practice within a supportive community, hear a Dharma Talk, and engage one-on-one with a...
Saturday, July 10th, 2021 from 9:00am - 4:00pm ET
Foundations in Contemplative Care Online Information Session
Join Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell for an online information session to hear about NYZC's Foundations in Contemplative Care training program...
Monday, June 21st from 7:30pm-8:30pm ET
Contemplative Medicine Conversations: The Medicine of Community
Join us for a free online event with Fellowship visiting faculty members Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, and Jasmine D. Hill, PhD. As part of...
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 7:30pm-8:30pm 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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