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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 email  a brief history of your Buddhist practice and study background to and an orientation meeting can be arranged.


*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

Morning Zazen: Mondays to 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 days of 4 and 9.  

Morning zazen takes place year round except during holidays.

Morning Zazen
Monthly Zazenkai
Monthly Zazenkai  

The detailed information will be announced before each date. 

9:00 am – 5:30 pm on:

March  9, 2024  

April  6, 2024

May 18, 2024

*June  8, 2024

July 13,2024

* Our June 8 zazenkai will overlap Sanshin-ji's 5 day session which begins the evening of June 4 and ends in the morning of June 9.  This is a rare opportunity to sit session in the tradition of Uchiyama Roshi and it can be joined virtually, so  we have an opportunity  to join Sanshin -ji during those five days when NYZC for Dōgen Study practice schedule does not conflict.

All Day Study
Monthly All-Day Study Intensives
Consult Calendar for changes to programming
Usual Monthly All Day Study Intensives consists of 3 one and half hour lectures and 2  breaks  

Central European time: 3:00 pm -- 9:00 pm 

US Eastern Daylight time:9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • March 23 - Hōkyō-ki 

  • April 13 - Kōan - Shōyō-roku 

  • May 25 - Shobōgenzō  - Shoaku Makusa 諸悪莫作 Not Doing Evil 

  • June 15 - Hōkyō-ki 

July 20 and 21 Special Two Day Study of Avatamsaka Sutra 

(The Flower Adornment Sutra) 

Central European time:    3:00 PM -   6:30 PM 

US Eastern Daylight time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

These dates and times have been chosen to make it easier for European participants to practice and study together in real time.

This program will be accessible on zoom as well as in person for those within commutable distance.

For this program, please obtain a copy of Volume 3 of the “The Avatamsaka Sutra: An Annotated Translation of The Avatamsaka Sutra”

Translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra. Published by Kalavinka Press.

(Please note that it is only necessary to purchase Volume 3 for this program.)


Detailed information will be provided before each event

Ango Lecture Series
Summer Ango (Summer Intensive Practice Period)
Lecture Series
April 15 to July 15 2024 


Consult Calendar for changes to programming


*Please note that the number of classes has been reduced during Summer Ango as we work to prepare texts and commentary to share on this site.


an Study How Dōgen school reads Kōan. Shōyō-roku (Book of Serenity)

Mondays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm  New York, US EST:          


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. 

Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō
Wednesdays, Beginning June 5, 2024   
 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Central European time
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST in the US.

Especially conceived  for all those living in European time zones who are currently working towards ordination in the Sōtō Zen School of Japan, as well as for anyone else devoted to studying, maintaining and passing on Dōgen’s teachings, Rev. Issan Koyama is offering a new series of lectures on zoom diving deeply into key fascicles of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō.


Though this lecture series is scheduled to foster participation of European practitioners, all lectures will be offered in English.


Fascicle #31 Shoaku Makusa (Do No Evil)

Introduction during an All-Day Study Intensive, Saturday May 25, 2024   

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central European Time 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST in the US. 

In response to special requests from his European students asking how Dharma can help us understand and deal with the perennial problem of human evil, Rev. Koyama will begin by examining Shōbōgenzō fascicle #31 Shoaku Makusa (Do No Evil).

In a world afflicted by global conflicts, horrific wars and intractable divisiveness, it is especially meaningful to look into how Dōgen addressed questions about good and evil.

The texts for this class will be provided in both Japanese and English using Sōtōshū Shūmuchō’s English translations as well as Okumura Roshi’s translations when available.


Shōbōgenzō Kokyō (Old Mirror) and both parts of Gyōji (Sustained Practice).

Future lectures to be announced 

Rev. Issan Koyama's Travel:

  • Bloomington, Indiana (Sanshin-ji): March 10 - March 20

  • Sacramento, California: April 8-19

  • Sacramento, California: May 11-17

  • Bloomington, Indiana (Sanshin-ji): June 25 - July 1 

  • Japan: October - December 2024

  • Europe:  February-March 2025 details TBD 

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

Travel Schedule

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