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Our Practice

New York Zen Community for Dōgen Study offers daily, weekly, monthly, and special programs. 

Our programs are offered free of charge



If you wish to participate in any of our programs, please send an email with a brief description of your Buddhist practice and study background to

*Please note schedules are set in the U.S. Eastern Standard Time. We observe American Federal holidays when no zazen or lecture programs are offered. For details see calendar below.


Morning Zazen: Mondays  - Fridays 7:20 am ~ 8:20 am  

            Kentan Gyōkō starts at 7:20 am, the opening bell at 7:30 am. 

            Takkesage (Mon. Wed. & Fri.), Verse of the Robe (Tue. & Thu.) at 8:15 am. 

Ryaku-Chōka follows Zazen at 8:20 am on the day of 4 and 9.  

Morning zazen takes place year round except during holidays.

Monthly Zazenkai  

The detailed information will be announced before each date. 

10:00 am – 5:30 pm on: October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, Janurary 6th, 2024

Winter Ango (Winter Intensive Practice Period)
Lecture Series

Fall/Winter 2023/2024 Season

October 15, 2023 – January 15, 2024


Consult Calendar for changes to programming


Monday: Kōan Study – How Dōgen school reads Kōan. Shōyō-roku (Book of Serenity)

            6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Oct. 02, to Jan. 08/2024

In Kōan Study we will continue to study Sōtō school’s kōan collection, Shōyō-roku (Book of Serenity) to clarify the unique and refreshing differences in how we read kōans compared to the Rinzai school. 


Tuesday: Dōgen Study – Hōkyō-ki – Dōgen’s personal notes in dialogue with Nyojō Zenji

            6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Oct.17, to Jan. 09/2024

By closely examining Dōgen’s formative years, we will continue to create a solid foundation for understanding Dōgen’s later teachings, enabling us to read Shōbōgenzō more fluidly. 

Thursday: Dōgen Study - Shōbōgenzō, Genjōkōan and Uji (Being-Time) 

            6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Oct.19, to Jan.14/2024 

In studying Uji (Being-Time) we continue reflecting on Dōgen’s unique views of space and time and their significance to our lives.

Winter Ango (Winter Intensive Practice Period)
Monthly All-Day Study Intensive


Fall/Winter 2023/2024 Season

October 15, 2023 – January 15, 2024


9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Detailed information will be provided before each event. 

  • Oct.14/2023 cancelled

  • Nov.11/2023 on Hōkyō-ki

  • Dec. 09/2023 on Shōbōgenzō Uji 

  • Jan.13/2024 on Shōyōroku (Book of Serenity) Koan

Lecture Series

February is a month with a reduced schedule following the Kyōto Antai-ji tradition. 

Issan and Sangha Travel:


  • Italy     12/14/2023 – 01/01/2024 (with Paul) 

  • Japan  

    • Issan 01/14 – 3/15/2023

    • with Paul 01/14 – 02/15/2023 

    • with Catherine, Louise, Michele 01/31 -02/22/2024

  • Bloomington, Indiana Spring 2024

  • Japan -Autumn 2024

Our traveling affects our program schedule.  Please visit our calendar for the updated schedule information 

Special Annual Program - Dōgen Pilgrimage Japan Tour 


January 31st, 2023 – February 21st, 2024 


  • Tokyo

  • Nara

  • Koya-san

  • Kyoto

  • Eiheiji

  • Fukuoka

  • Myoko-ji

  • Kumamoto

  • Kamakura


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Due Japan Tour Schedule, there is no morning zazen during the month of February.  Our regular schedule resumes in March. Please visit our calendar for the updated schedule information. 

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