When we meditate, we have the opportunity to attune to the freshness of the moment.

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About Commit to Sit

 Sixteen Zen teachers from across the United States and Japan will lead us in an in-depth exploration of Zen practice guided by our study text, Opening the Hand of Thought, Kōshō Uchiyama’s clear and accessible introduction to the practice of Zen Buddhism. The book covers a wide range of topics in a straightforward and down-to-earth manner, including the nature of the self and the relationship between Zen and everyday life. This book, as well as this practice period, offer a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in learning about or deepening their understanding of Zen Buddhism and themselves!

An International Group of Soto Zen Teachers 

Led by New York Zen Center’s Guiding Teacher Koshin Paley Ellison with weekly dharma talks from 16 incredible Zen teachers from the US and Japan.


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Explore how we can open our hearts to a troubled world.

Develop your meditation practice and connection to community with our Summer Commit to Sit!

This unique practice period includes:


About the Author

Kōshō Uchiyama Rōshi (1912-1998) was a Japanese Zen priest, author, and abbot of Antaiji monastery in Kyoto, Japan, having previously spent many years as a disciple of the renowned Kōdō Sawaki. Uchiyama Rōshi was known for his clear and direct teaching style, which emphasized the practice of zazen (sitting meditation) as a way of awakening to one’s true nature. Throughout his writing and teaching, he strongly emphasized the importance of integrating Zen practice into daily life. Despite never leaving his home country of Japan, his impact on the spread of Sōtō Zen throughout the world, through his disciples and through his writing, still reverberates strongly to this day.

“The important thing is to find a sane way to live out the reality of life. This is what a true spiritual practice is about: not spirit or mind separated from the body and the world, but a true way of life.”


Kōshō Uchiyama, Opening the Hand of Thought