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April 2021

Contemplative Medicine Conversations: Prescriptions for Alleviating Suffering

April 27  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a free online event with Fellowship guiding teachers Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Sensei Chodo Robert Campbell, and Tieraona Low Dog, MD as they discuss the birth of the new Contemplative Medicine Fellowship and how contemplative practice can be a powerful instrument of healing.

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May 2021

Zen Shabbat: A Zen & Jewish Night of Ritual and Care

May 14  2021 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lab/Shul and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care invite you to a shared experience of sacred space and time, harmonizing Jewish and Zen traditions in the celebration of Sabbath spirit.

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May Half Day Retreat

May 15  2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half-day retreat and meditation November 2021

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 morning.

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Heartwood: An Evening on the Art of Living with the End in Mind

May 17  2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join this virtual conversation with author Barbara Becker and her Zen teacher Robert Chodo Campbell as they navigate the broad questions of the paradoxical marriage of life and death.

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Foundations in Contemplative Care Online Information Session

May 24  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 and the transformative and practical aspects of contemplative caregiving.

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Contemplative Medicine Conversations: The Gift of Human Presence

May 26  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Diane E. Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, and Sensei Chodo Robert Campbell, for a free online event to discuss the new Contemplative Medicine Fellowship and how contemplative practice is a critical support for clinicians to foster and sustain deeper connections with patients, team members, loved ones, and themselves in this time of pandemic.

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June 2021

Zen Shabbat: A Zen Jewish Night of Ritual and Care

June 11  2021 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Lab/Shul invite you to a shared experience of sacred space and time, harmonizing Jewish and Zen traditions in the celebration of Sabbath spirit.

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Half Day Online Retreat

June 12  2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half-day retreat and meditation November 2021

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 morning.

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Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss

June 22  2021 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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, and ritual this online support group will provide an opportunity to gain perspective and engage with the grieving process in new ways.

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Contemplative Medicine Conversations: The Medicine of Community

June 22  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 our Contemplative Medicine Conversations series, they will join Fellowship guiding teachers Koshin Paley Ellison and Chodo Robert Campbell to discuss the role of community in alleviating suffering and promoting collective healing in our strained health care systems.

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Mizuko Kuyo Ceremony for Loss

June 27  2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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 also inclusive of those who have experienced the loss of a child in the first years of life.

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Moving from Loss to Found: An Online Writing Workshop

June 30  2021 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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July 2021

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

July 2  2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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, group discussion, and meditation, we will explore how we can open our hearts to a troubled world

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Zazenkai: A Full Day Online Retreat

July 10  2021 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This daylong online retreat is an opportunity to engage in silent practice within a supportive community and hear a Dharma Talk.

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Foundations in Contemplative Care Information Session July 2021

July 12  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 and the transformative and practical aspects of contemplative caregiving.

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EOL Book Club: Awake at the Bedside

July 21  2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Join us for an interactive four-week online book club with author Koshin Paley Ellison on his book Awake at the Bedside. EOL Book Clubs are designed for connection. You will have the intimate experience of interacting directly with the author during each session. The experience will invite a deep dive into the book, coming together weekly to share and reflect as a community with prompts provided by EOL and the author.

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Sit for Scholarship 2021

July 24  2021 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

On Saturday, July 24th we invite all formal students, members, friends and fans of the Zen Center to sit together in meditation to raise funds for the Zen Center’s Scholarship Fund. This fund supports current students and prospective students in our study, practice, and service work in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and community organizations. By participating, you’re helping to make the Zen Center a more equitable community.

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Contemplative Medicine Fellowship

July 31  2021 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's twelve month training for physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants who want to transform their role as clinicians and lead change in the culture of care.

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August 2021

What is Contemplative Care? An Online Discussion

August 9  2021 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Chodo Robert Campbell for a free online discussion on the transformative and practical aspects of contemplative care.

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Zazenkai: A Full Day Online Retreat

August 14  2021 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This daylong online retreat is an opportunity to engage in silent practice within a supportive community, hear a Dharma Talk, and join in conversation with the community. Practice includes sitting (zazen) and walking (kinin) meditation. This one-day practice period is a wonderful opportunity for extended meditation.

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September 2021

Zen History and Practice

September 8  2021 from 4:15 pm - 7:15 pm

This course is a unique opportunity to study with five Zen teachers from different Soto Zen lineages exploring Zen history, Zen koans and the Great Heart Way, social engagement and ritual. The course includes group sessions in which students will develop skills necessary to extract meanings out of the tradition in a clear, tender, and lively manner. Implications for reflection in relationship will be explored.

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Online LGBTQIA+ Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss

September 14  2021 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This Tuesday evening online bereavement group is an opportunity to gain perspective and engage with the grieving process in new ways. We will come together as LGBTQIA+ identified folk in the spirit of community and mutual care.

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Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss

September 15  2021 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This online bereavement group is an opportunity to gain perspective and engage with the grieving process through storytelling, writing, poetry, ritual, and community.

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Catch Your Mind: Your Life as a Practice – Teachings from the Buddha’s Life

September 18  2021 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Buddha was born into a life of distraction and privilege and saw that material prosperity and inattention cannot address life's tangles. Acutely aware of the deep dissatisfaction that often pains our humanness, he pivoted and devoted his life to healing the causes of suffering and how to pivot these tangles into untangling through meditation, insight, and leading a life of compassion and love. This year of practice explores the Buddha's life and his disciples and his core teachings, showing the intimacy of these teachings to our inner and outer worlds.

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September Half-Day Online Retreat

September 18  2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half-day retreat and meditation November 2021

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 morning.

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Zen Precepts: Living an Ethical Life

September 19  2021 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Zen Precepts serve as guidelines developing skillful ways to navigate relationships and life itself. This course consists of in-depth study, experiential learning, reading assignments, writing exercises and discussion. Online and in-person options available.

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October 2021

Living Fearlessly: Facing the Inevitable

October 5  2021 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This online course offers a contemplative, practical and playful opportunity to reimagine your future, tell your life story, create advance directives for end of life care, and explore all the possibilities of “what if…?"

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October Half-Day Online Retreat

October 16  2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half-day retreat and meditation November 2021

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 morning.

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November 2021

Zen Shabbat: A Jewish and Zen Shabbat Celebration – In Person & On Zoom

November 5  2021 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Lab/Shul invite you to a shared experience of sacred space and time, harmonizing Jewish and Zen traditions in the celebration of Sabbath spirit.

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November Half-Day Retreat 2021

November 13  2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half-day retreat and meditation November 2021

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 morning.

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