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Every Moment is Practice: A 90-Day Commit To Sit Practice Period

January 11th – April 10th, 2023

Led by New York Zen Center’s Guiding Teacher: Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei

with weekly dharma talks from Zen teachers Joan Amaral, Chodo Robert Campbell, Ben Connelly, Norman Fischer, Dai En Friedman, Issho Fujita, Konjin Godwin, Ryushin Paul Haller, Diane Musho Hamilton, Genyu Kojima, Shinzan Palma, Ilia Shinko Perez, Diane Eshin Rizzetto, Ryoki Sato, and Gyokei Yokoyama.

Wednesday, January 11th – Monday, April 10th, 2023


Sixteen Zen teachers from across the United States and Japan will lead us in an in-depth exploration of Zen practice and study guided by our study text, Ordinary Wonder: Zen Life & Practice, the latest collection of Charlotte Joko Beck’s clear and incisive teachings that cut to the core of our negative beliefs that prevent us from embracing every moment.


This unique practice period includes: 

  • Weekly dharma talks and Q&A by our teachers, live-streamed Sunday (and some Thursday) evenings at 7:30pm ET and will be available afterward via video recordings.
  • Daily email reflections selected from the study text to support our learning.
  • Daily community meditation opportunities through our Online & In-Person Zendo (the “One-do”) with participants from around the world, including two additional dharma talks each week.
  • Opportunities for discussion with an online forum for reflection with other Commit to Sit practitioners.
  • Additional resources (articles & videos) to support you in deepening your practice.

“This CTS has meant connection with others, a haven for expressing my thoughts, a resource of deep learning, exposure to experienced teachers and a consistent and dependable routine for learning.”

—Commit to Sit Summer 2022 Participant

Charlotte Joko Beck (1917-2011) was a Dharma heir of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi and the founder of the Zen Center of San Diego in 1983. Her teachings were radical in the Zen tradition in that they encouraged each practitioner to confront their inner emotional lives as steadfastly as they did any other aspect of their practice. Her emphasis was on rigorous practice allowing for the full appreciation of all the bright, painful, pleasurable, and dull moments of existence. 


Join us, our 16 wonderful teachers, and our broader community as we practice to strip away the negative filters that block connection and appreciation!



January 11 2023
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