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Zen History

This survey of Zen history focuses on the life and teachings of 13th century Soto Zen founder and celebrated writer, poet and philosopher, Eihei Dogen. Today, Dogen is considered one of the world’s most remarkable religious thinkers and the questions that drove him are at the heart of contemporary Zen practice.

Cancelled: Wednesday Evening Sit

Join the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care community and guiding teachers for a meditation gathering on Wednesday evenings.

Living Fearlessly: Facing the Inevitable – An Online Offering

Every Week

with Sensei Chodo and Barbara Doshin Ende   Tuesdays, September 1st, 2020 through October 27th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time, online via Zoom We are living in a time of uncertainty and fear. Each day brings a new reality that previously seemed impossible. The usual patterns and habits that brought us comfort have […]

Tangaryo: Becoming a Formal Zen Student

Since the early days of Zen, entering formally into training under the guidance of a teacher has been the traditional path for those wishing to make a commitment to Zen practice.

Caregiver Support Group

We gather once a month on Saturday morning to share stories, connect, ask questions, complain, learn, and laugh.

Whether you are a professional or volunteer caregiver, or you are caring for a family member, a friend or a loved one, drop in and take care of yourself. Preregistration not required.

Online Foundations in Contemplative Care Information Session

Join our online Information Session to learn how we are adapting this renowned program to fully address the global distress we are now experiencing. Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell will discuss the transformative and practical aspects of contemplative caregiving.

September Half-Day Retreat 2020

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.

Catch Your Mind: Companions in the Struggle – Zen Teachings for These Times of Disorientation

Saturdays, September 12th, 2020 – June 12th, 2021 from 9:00am-4:00pm

What is the path when everything has changed? In this year’s Catch Your Mind study, we turn to our Zen ancestors for inspiration and companionship. We will start in China with Bodhidharma’s Outline for Practice, move into Dongshan’s Five Ranks, rest in Hongzhi’s Silent Illumination, and cross the sea to Japan to meet Dogen in Undivided Activity and BodyMind Study of the Way. Together we will practice how to move with disorientation into a new orientation in these times.

Sit + Sorry: A Jewish and Zen Buddhist Night of Forgiveness

Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Join Lab/Shul’s ritual team and the leaders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care for Sit + Sorry, our virtual intimate sacred night of reflection and meditation, shared traditions, live music and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Zen Precepts: Living an Ethical Life

Ten Sundays, September 13th, 2020 - June 13th, 2021 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Living the Zen Precepts is wisdom in action – the natural expression of a compassionate and awakened heart. The Precepts are studied, practiced and received to support the fullest expression of our lives.

October Half-Day Retreat 2020

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.

November Half-Day Online Retreat

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.All levels of practice are welcome. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. Please contact info@zencare.org for further information. Click here to register.

ZEN SHABBAT

November 13 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

A shared experience of sacred space and time, harmonizing Jewish and Zen traditions in the celebration of Sabbath spirit.

CANCELLED: Thursday Guided Meditation

Thursday, November 26th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 7:20pm ET

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care will not be holding our Thursday Evening Guided Meditation on Thursday, November 26th, 2020. We are looking forward to being with you and practicing at our normal time next week.

CONTEMPLATIVE CLINICIANS SUPPORT GROUP​

This group is designed specifically for Clinicians in Healthcare, and Mental Health field including Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychotherapists and Chaplains.

Weekly Online Meditation Offerings

Available Every Day

As we find our way through these uncertain times, we hope you are receiving some comfort in our meditations, podcasts and dharma talks.

Online Afternoon Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach

Tuesdays, December 1st, 2020 – January 12th, 2021 from 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

Coping with the loss of someone or something we love is one of life’s biggest challenges. The grieving process can present a wide range of difficult and unexpected emotions including, shock, anger, disbelief, guilt and profound sadness.

Online Evening Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach

Wednesdays, December 2nd, 2020 - January 13th, 2021 from 6:30pm-8:00pm ET

Coping with the loss of someone or something we love is one of life’s biggest challenges. This online support group will provide an opportunity to gain perspective and engage with the grieving process in new ways.

Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace

Monday, December 7th from 6:00pm-7:30pm ET

We are happy to welcome fellow sangha member, Claire Dainen Willis to celebrate the publication of her second book, Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace.

December Half-Day Retreat 2020

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.

Cancelled: Thursday Guided Meditation

Thursday, December 24th, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:20pm ET

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care will not be holding our Thursday Evening Guided Meditation on Thursday 12/24/20. We are looking forward to being with you and practicing at our normal time in the new year.

New Year’s Eve Sit 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM EST

This online evening is an opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed and ponder all the possibilities a new year might hold.

Cancelled: Thursday Guided Meditation

Thursday, December 31st, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:20pm ET

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care will not be holding our Thursday Evening Guided Meditation on Thursday 12/31/20.

Coming to Terms: A Contemplative Support Group for Individuals Living with a Terminal Illness

Bi-weekly, January 7th - June 10th, 2021 from 2:30pm-4:00pm ET, online via Zoom

Experiencing the diagnosis of life-limiting illness can bring forth immense grief for all of us and our loved ones. We may experience our grief in a variety of ways including new feelings towards time with family and friends, changes in relationship to our body, and shifts in our sense of identity and agency. Grief shows up in unexpected ways such as loss, shock, anger, anxiety, disbelief, guilt and deep sadness even relief and gratitude.

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

Friday, January 8th, 2021, 6:30pm-8:00pm

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.

Pre-emptive Care Tactics: An Online Discussion

Monday, January 11th, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm ET

In this online dharma dialogue, Koshin and Pamela Ayo Yetunde will put their heads and hearts together to imagine how we might notice the residuals of the abuse of power and better prepare ourselves to care proactively.

January Half-Day Online Retreat

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.

Shadow Culture: Exploring the Relationship between the Individual and the Collective

Guided by Eugene Taylor’s book Shadow Culture, this course taught by educator and psychotherapist Leslye Noyes, PsyD, explores Jung’s notion of the personal and collective unconscious and examines the relationship between the two.

This course is intended for practitioners and clinicians who want to understand the relationship between the personal and collective for themselves as well as offer that to others.

Foundations in Contemplative Care Online Information Session

Monday, January 25th, 7:30pm-8:30pm ET

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.

Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss

Tuesdays, January 26th, 2021 - March 9th, 2021 from 5:00pm-6:30pm ET 

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.

Online Bereavement Group: A Contemplative Approach to Grief and Loss

Wednesdays, January 27th, 2021 - March 10th, 2021 from 6:30pm-8:00pm ET 

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.

Monthly Community Group Offerings

At the New York Zen Center, we aspire to always nurture community and connection. The opportunities listed below are events and programs specifically geared towards building community based on interest or backgrounds.   Please check our calendar for up-to-date information about any time changes or cancellations.   View Calendar

Living Fearlessly: Facing the Inevitable

Tuesdays, February 2nd, 2021 - March 30th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm ET

Living Fearlessly is a nine-week workshop that investigates how we can prepare for the inevitable. Drawing on the expertise of Barbara Doshin Ende and Sam Haddix, participants will explore the inescapable through poetry, journaling, experiential exercises, and practical tools such as completing advance directives and healthcare proxy.

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

Friday, February 12th, 2021 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

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.

Wisdom Sangha

The second Friday of Each month from 6:30pm ET to 8:15pm ET

We will use meditation, dharma teachings, discussion and have some fun looking at our individual experiences on this sacred journey. This program is open to the public and does not require registration.

February Half-Day Online Retreat

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.

Foundations in Contemplative Care Online Information Session

Monday, February 22nd, 7:30pm-8:30pm ET

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.

End of Life Tech for Health Care

February 25th, 2021 from 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

Join us for a End of Life Tech for Health Care Town Hall. EOL and the Cleveland Clinic will explore the remarkable new tech offerings available to support end of life care with Koshin Paley Ellison, Oceana Sawyer and Torrie Fields.

Caregiver Support Group

One Saturday a month

Whether you are a professional or volunteer caregiver, or you are caring for a family member, a friend or a loved one, drop in and take care of yourself. Preregistration not required.

Karuna Sangha

Our members identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and straight. Using Buddhist principles and practices, we open our hearts to care for ourselves, for others, and for the world we all share.

Karuna Sangha (LGBTQIS)

Every Sunday at 7pm ET

Karuna Sangha participants identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and straight. Using Buddhist principles and practices, we open our hearts to care for ourselves, for others, and for the world we all share.

Thursday Guided Meditation

Thursdays, 6:30pm to 7:20pm ET

Join Sensei Chodo Campbell and the New York Zen Center community for this live online guided mediation practice period.

Midday Meditation

Mondays through Saturdays

Join the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care community and teachers for weekly community groups and opportunities to learn and practice Zen meditation.