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Welcome, everyone. Here is information about Still Mind's "online zendo," which enables newcomers to our zendo and regular practitioners to meditate together in real time using the video conferencing service Zoom. Please become acquainted with this entire page before attending for the first time. Thank you for joining us.

Also please give whatever you can to support our zendo when you virtually attend one of our meditation sessions. With deep thanks.

Schedule of Online Programs

If you are a Zen beginner and would like to receive introductory instruction, please click here for information.

How does online meditation work?

To connect with one of our meditation sessions, use your computer or smart phone to click on the following Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/817105360  or you may join by telephone: 646-558-8656  / Meeting ID: 817-105-360

  • If you have never used Zoom and need to install it on your computer, click the link above to join the Zoom conference and your browser will give you instructions on how to install the app.
  • Once you are connected, in order to hear the facilitator and teacher, please click “Join with computer audio” if you are using a computer.
  • Your microphone will be muted and your video will be off when you enter the Zoom. Please leave it that way, including during chanting.
  • At this point you can go to your meditation place (facing an uncluttered area or bare wall, if possible) and wait for the opening bell.
  • During a  dharma talk, if you would like to see the teacher’s picture in a larger view, click on the “speaker view” instead of “gallery view” in the top right corner of the Zoom screen.

When is the meditation?

  • Every Tuesday night, 7 pm - 8:40 pm, open to the public
    This is our primary sitting of the week and includes a dharma talk by one of our teachers or senior students. Prior to the talk there are two 25-minute periods of zazen meditation, each followed by 5 minutes of slow kin-hin (walking meditation). Brief chanting, followed by announcements, closes the evening. Donations gratefully accepted.
  • Every Saturday, 9 am - 10 am, open to the public
    There are two 25-minute periods of zazen meditation with 5 minutes of slow kin-hin, or walking meditation, in between. No dharma talk. Brief chanting. Donations gratefully accepted.
  • Every weekday morning, open to the public
    Monday-Wednesday mornings feature one 25-minite period of zazen; Thursday and Friday mornings include two 25-minute meditation periods, with 5 minutes of slow kin-hin in between.
      • Monday, 8-8:30 AM
      • Tuesday, 8-8-30 AM
      • Wednesday, 8-8:30 AM
      • Thursday, 7:30-8:30 AM
      • Friday, 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Monthly Saturday Extended Meditation (zazenkai): 9 am - 5 pm, open to the public.
    See our Calendar for exact dates. For a day's schedule of the zazenkai, please scroll down. You can join for the whole day or for whatever time you can. Donations gratefully accepted.
  • Two-day Retreat (sesshin): Nov. 13-14, 2020 and Feb. 5-6, 2021; Friday, 7 - 8:30 pm, silence maintained overnight; 9 am - 5 pm Saturday.
    For a schedule of the retreat, please scroll down. Join for the whole time or whatever time you can. Donations gratefully accepted
  • Four-day Retreat (sesshin): June 10-13, 2021; Friday, 7-8:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9 am -5 pm, Sun. 9 - 11:30 am (tentative schedule)

    This retreat takes the place of our June week sesshin, which has been cancelled this year due to Covid. (It will resume again in June 2022.) Registration required for the Four-day Retreat; cost $25.

  • Introduction to Zen Class: Held twice a month on Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am.
    Please see our Calendar for exact dates. To register, and for further information, see our Introduction page.

What is the structure for the sessions?

On Tuesdays:

* We open the sitting at 7 pm by chanting the Gatha of Repentance (see chant section below).
* At the beginning of each period of zazen (there will be two periods of 25 minutes each) the facilitator rings three bells to begin zazen.
* After 25 minutes, two bells end the sitting period.  The facilitator claps to indicate the beginning and end of kin-hin (walking meditation).
* During kin-hin time, walk slowly and mindfully within a designated space in your home; if your space is small, just take short steps.
* Before the third period with dharma talk, we chant the Gatha on Opening the Sutra (see chant section below)
* At the end of the third period/dharma talk, we chant The Heart Sutra, followed by the Great Vows for All (see chant section below)
* The facilitator closes the sitting by chanting alone the Evening Gatha and sharing any closing announcements.

On Saturdays:

* Two periods of zazen. The format is the same as on Tuesdays (see above) except there is no dharma talk.

On Extended Meditation Days (Zazenkai):

We invite you to join us for the whole of this extended meditation. However, if you can only attend for part of the time, please enter or leave the Zoom meeting during kin-hin or breaks, and not during zazen or the Dharma Talk.

Schedule:
9 am: Opening words
Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with 5 minutes of kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
10:35 am: Morning break
10:50 am: One 25-minue period of zazen / kin-hin
Gatha on Opening the Sutra (chant)
Dharma talk (20-25 min.) / kin-hin
One 25-minute period of zazen
Chanting service: The Heart Sutra and The Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness
12:30 pm: Lunch break
1:45 pm: Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with 5 minutes of kin-hin in between
3:15 pm: Afternoon break
3:30 pm: Three 25-minute periods of zazen, with 5 minutes of kin-hin in between
4:55 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)


On Two-Day Retreats (Sesshin):

We invite you to join us for the whole of this extended meditation. However, if you can only attend for part of the time, please enter or leave the Zoom meeting during kin-hin or breaks, and not during zazen or the Dharma Talk.

Schedule:
Friday
7 pm: Opening Words
Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
8:30 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)
~ Practitioners are encouraged to maintain silence at home overnight as much as possible ~
Saturday
9 am: Gatha of Repentence (chant)
Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
10:35 am: Break
10:50 am: One period of zazen / kin-hin
Gatha on Opening the Sutra (chant)
Dharma Talk / kin-hin
One period of zazen
Chanting service: The Heart Sutra and The Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness
12:30 pm: Lunch break
1:45 pm: Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
3:15 pm: Break
3:30 pm: Three periods of zazen (25 minutes each) with 5-minute kin-hin (walking meditation) in between
4:55 pm: Closing chants: Great Vows for All and Evening Gatha (solo chant by facilitator)

On the Four-Day Retreat (Sesshin):

Tentative schedule:
Thursday, June 10: 7 pm-8:30 pm
Friday, June 11: 9am – 5pm
Saturday, June 12: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, June 13: 9 am to 11:30 am

A detailed schedule will be posted by the end of April.

Open to the public
Cost: $25
Registration required
To register, please send an email to info@stillmindzendo.org and someone will contact you. Members of Still Mind will receive a registration form in early May.

Chants

Please visit our Chants page for printable versions of the chants we use at Still Mind Zendo. During online meditation, we invite you to chant at home, along with the facilitator. Please keep your microphone muted.
If you have questions about how to join the Zoom sessions or about any of our programs, please reach out to us by email.
During the year, the zendo is closed at the following times:

  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Christmas/New Year's Week
  • Late January to early March -- closed Thursday evenings (for ango)
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • July 4th Weekend
  • In July -- closed Saturday mornings
  • In August -- closed Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings