New York Zendo Shobo-ji opened its doors on September 15, 1968. It was one of the first Rinzai Zen practice centers to be established in the West. An oasis of deep stillness in the heart of Manhattan, New York Zendo offers city dwellers the opportunity to experience traditional Zen practice in the midst of their daily lives, and provides ample opportunities for the Sangha to practice, work, and celebrate together. NYZ offers daily zazen and chanting services; monthly all-day sits and weekend sesshin providing teisho, dokusan, Dharma talks and practice interviews; and other related events.
Due to the Corona virus pandemic, we have canceled all public activities at New York Zendo. See new digital meetings list here.
Introduction to Zazen
Please join us for zazen intro on Thursday evenings. Newcomers to the temple are requested to attend one such session before joining the community for regular zazen practice or many of our other scheduled events. Read More
Weekly Zazen Schedule
New York Zendo is open for zazen five days a week. We are open in the morning, from 6:45 to 7:45, Tuesday through Friday. Our evening programs run from 7:00 to 9:00, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 6:45-9:00 on Thursday. On Sunday mornings, we have our full morning chanting service, beginning at 10:00. This is followed by one sit, temple cleaning, and tea. Read More
All-Day Sits / Weekend Sesshins
Spending one or more days immersed in Zen practice in the middle of the city is a rare and precious opportunity. These intense, silent meditation days help deepen one’s zazen experience and help prepare for 5- to 7-day sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Read More
Calendar of Events
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Directions to NYZ
We are located at:
223 East 67th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Read More