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Realizing Your True Nature: Commit-to-Sit 90-Day Online Practice Period

Wednesday, June 2nd - Monday, August 30th, 2021

Realizing Your True Nature

Commit-to-Sit: A 90-Day Online Practice Period


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


with weekly dharma talks from Zen teachers, Joan Amaral, Chimyo Atkinson, Jan Chozen Bays, Chodo Campbell, Norman Fischer, Dai En Friedman, Issho Fujita, Konjin Godwin, Ryushin Paul Haller, Genyu Kojima, Shinzan Palma, Tenku Ruff, Sato Ryoki, Shishin Wick, Yuko Wakayama Yamada and Gyokei Yokoyama



Wednesday, June 2nd – Monday, August 30th, 2021


Join Zen teachers from across the United States and Japan for an in-depth, 90 day exploration of Zen practice and study through three seminal texts written by the 13th century Zen Master Eihei Dogen.


Stunningly poetic and enigmatic, Fukanzazengi, Genjokoan, and Bendowa were meant to be contemplated and examined over many sittings. They contain beautiful meditations on life, death, and liberation and are considered essential teachings for any serious practitioner of Zen.


Taken together, our practice and study of these texts will clarify our experience of Zen Buddhism and how it relates to and inspires our daily lives.


Through weekly online dharma talks, daily practice emails, group discussion, and meditation, we will ground ourselves in the wisdom of our ancestors as our world begins to heal from a traumatic and difficult year.



This unique practice period includes:


  • Weekly dharma talks and Q&A, live-streamed Sunday 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 opportunities to sit zazen in our Online Zendo with participants from around the world, with two additional dharma talks each week.
  • Access to an online forum for discussion and reflection with other Commit to Sit practitioners.



Each Commit to Sit registration supports the important direct care, training and educational work of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. 



Click here for registration.



June 2
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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