Morning Star
Sesshins (retreats)
Ango & Special Events
Links, News, Articles, Photos, Calligraphy

Morning Star
Sesshins (retreats)
Ango & Special Events
Links, News, Articles, Photos, Calligraphy
Before first coming to the zendo, it is a good idea to call and let us know you are coming so we can make sure someone is here to meet you. Beginning instruction is offered by appointment Saturdays at 8 a.m. (except all day sitting Saturdays). Please call 201-985-1515 or email Zazenkais (all-day sittings) and Kennedy Roshi's schedule follow.
Our Sitting Schedule:
Monday to Friday 5:30-7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-12
All-Day Sittings 8:45 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Lunch included)
Suggested donation:   $5 for Saturday morning; $25 for all day
Zendo Location
We are located at 50 Glenwood Avenue, Apt. 309, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel: 201-985-1515; email:
How to get here:
BUS: 99S bus from the Port Authority to Glenwood Avenue in Jersey City, near St. Peter's College.

PATH: Path train to Journal Square; take the number 10 bus south going towards Bayonne. Ask to be let off at Glenwood Avenue. Or walk 10 blocks south on Kennedy Boulevard to Glenwood Avenue (map).

Sesshins (retreats), Ango & Special Events
Spring Lent Ango 2014
The Ango is a period in which we intensify our practice. There are no set rules or obligations. Instead, you are encouraged to make a commitment to what you'd like to work on... and do so at your own pace.

During the Ango, Roshi will present a reading each weekday that he is not travelling to support the deepening of our practice. To listen daily, connect with others during the Ango, and offer your comments and reflections, please click Ango Readings.

Zazenkai and Sesshin Schedule
One Saturday a month (except in July and August), Morning Star Zendo offers a Zazenkai (all-day sitting. Dates in 2014:1/18, 2/22, 3/22, 4/19, 5/10, 6/28. Registration is appreciated. Please call 201-985-1515 or e-mail


January 19-24,2014 in house retreat with Carl Viggiani, 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, open to all and drop-ins, MSZ, 50 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City 07306.

February 13-16,2014 Kelly Retreat Center, Bay St. Louis, MS. (Sr Frances or 504-388-2810 or Robert Smith:

February 17-21,2014 out of town

March 5, 2014 Boston College High School, Bulger Theatre (open) 3:30 p.m.. Corcoran Living Library Lecture Series. (

March 28-31, 2014 Mexico City, Mexico City (Sensei Ingeborg Eigen von Wobeser;

March 15-17,2014 out of town

April 5, 2014 half day sitting with Nancy Baker Sensei (note change in schedule)

April 9, 2014 Villanova Campus Ministry noon, Villanova, PA

April 12, 2014 all day sitting, Inisfada at Molloy College, Rockville Cetner, NY (

April 24-27, 2014 Holy Family Center Beaumont, TX (, 409-899-5617)

May 12-16, 2014 St. Beunos Retreat House, St. Asaph, Denbighshire, UK (

May 17-22, 2014 The Ammerdown Centre Radstock, Bath, Somerset BA3 5SW (; 01761 433709)

June 6-12, 2014 Stella Maris week long retreat: scroll down for full details or cut and paste this link into your browser: (,

July 12-18, 2014 Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita,, Tel. (01) 404 8189)

July 12, 2014 Saturday Zen All Day event 9 - 5 Avila Retreat Center, Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin 011-353 1 643 0200 email: ( )

July 25-27, 2014 Luisne, Ireland (

October 2-11, 2014 Poland,October 5-12

October 24-26, 2014 "Waking Up Together: A Weekend of Zen Practice", Copper Beech Institute (303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107) View details and registration at

November 6-9, 2014Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA 337 662 5251

November 28-30, 2014 Belfast Zen Centre, Servite Priory at Benburb,Cty Tyrone. Tel: 028 37548241 Belfast

December 12-14, 2014 tba Stella Maris Retreat Center 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, New Jersey 07740 (

December 2014 Avila Retreat Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland, Phone:+353 1 643 0200,

December 2014Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght, Tel. (01) 404 8189 / 404 8123,

December 2014 Belfast, N. Ireland

May 29, 2014 Wild Goose Sangha Ladywell Spirituality Centre, Godalming, Surrey, UK, (Fr. Patrick Eastman, Sensei;; 01793 759452)

tba 2015 Jesuit Center 501 N. Church Road Wernersville, PA 19565 (; 610-678-8085)

Ronkonkoma Cenacle, 310 Cenacle Road, PO Box 4005, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430, Tel: 631-588-8366; Fax: 631-738-9511, email:,

Upcoming Retreats
June 6-12, 2014
Stella Maris Retreat Center
981 Ocean Avenue Elberon, NJ 07740

This retreat replaces the week long Inisfada June retreat: the contact for direct registration will be Beatriz Cancel at the retreat house: Zen questions should be addressed to the MSZ team at

The total fee is $600: to hold space, a $200 deposit is necessary by May 5 and the remaining payment of $400 is due June 2. Checks should be made out to Stella Maris Retreat Center and sent to the retreat house along with their registration form on their website. Rooms will not be held until the deposit has been received. Please register early since we expect this retreat will fill up early. Please ccopy and paste in your browser the following for registration form: . Be sure to indicate special food needs and advise if you are handicapped. It is essential to include your full address and EMAIL ADDRESS. Teachers should advise MSZ independently of their plan to attend, but pay their deposit to Stella Maris. Adjustments will be made later. Teachers coming only for the installation of Miriam Healy should let MSZ know directly. In case of overflow, additional space will be available at St.Alphonsus Retreat House, Long Branch, NJ.

Due to particular arrangements with this retreat house, a separate Dana (honorarium for the Teacher) check of roughly $35-$40 payable to Morning Star Zendo is requested upon arrival . This is standard practice in Zen centers; we thank you in advance.

This silent retreat is open to persons of all religious and non-religious affiliations; it includes zazen (seated meditation in 25 minute periods), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, dharma talks and daisan (one on one interviews with the teachers)and beginners instruction. Easy on and off shoes are recommended. If the weather is warm, the pool will be open.

The retreat begins Friday evening at 7 pm. There is no dinner served. (In Long Branch on the ocean there is a new boardwalk development with several interesting restaurants and in West Long Branch there are several restaurants and Richards, a good deli) We finish at noon on Thursday with dinner. Use Exit 105 on the Garden State Parkway, go about 10 miles east to the ocean and take a right; go about 2 miles to the retreat house on your left. The closest airport is Newark Liberty.From the airport, take the airtrain to the Amtrak train station to Newark RR station and change to North Jersey Coast commuter train south to Long Branch, or Elberon (a local stop).

"Robert Kennedy is one of the most eloquent exponents of a Catholic Christianity rooted deep in his own lived experience of faith. His wonderfully poetic style speaks of Zen as a way to overcome the human tendency to theorize, by total immersion in a stillness where an intuition of God's immanence can be realized..." (Michael Barnes)

It is "the duty of Christians now to draw from (the) rich heritage of (the East) the elements compatible with their faith in order to enrich Christian thought. "The Church of the future" will judge herself enriched by all that comes from today's engagement with Eastern cultures and will find in this inheritance fresh cues for fruitful dialogue with the cultures which will emerge as humanity moves into the future." (John Paul II, on Faith and Reason).

These silent retreats offer an opportunity to develop a deeper contemplative prayer life, strengthened by the presence of others. Zazen or sitting meditation is the practice of stilling the mind through attentiveness to the breath. Together with stillness of the body, this frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, and speculating.

Regional sittings (Kennedy Roshi attends as his schedule allows)
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, Manhasset, NY

Sunday 9:00 a.m. Clear Mountain Zen Center, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ (Carl Bachmann Sensei 201-447-0558; Clear Mountain Zen Center)

Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fordham University Westchester Campus Chapel (Carol Gibney, 914-367-3420 or

Monday 6:50 p.m. St. Francis Xavier, 55 W. 15th St., New York (Paul Schubert Sensei/Peggy Schubert:; Zen at Xavier

1st and 3rd Mondays 7:30 pm till 9pm. 17 Maple Place, Hicksville, NY. Contact Mitch Goldstein 516 884 5897,

Monday 7:00 p.m. Stella Maris, Elberon, NJ (Marty Sullivan 732-530-4534; Stella Maris Retreat & Renewal Center)

Monday 7:45 p.m. 113 Cottage Pl. (Unitarian Church), Ridgewood, NJ (Carl Viggiani, Dharma Holder 914-428-8506)

Tuesday &Thursday 7 - 8 a.m. Dancing River Zendo, 2372 St.Claude Street, New Orleans, LA , (Casey Groves/Rachel Whitman 917-969-8698.

Tuesday 6:00 a.m.- 7 a.m. Clear Mountain Zendo, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ (Carl Bachmann Sensei 201-486-3947; Clear Mountain Zen Center)

Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Fordham University at Lincoln Center, The Chapel (Room 221), 60th St. and Ninth Avenue, Manhattan (Sheila Ross: Visit Fordham Zen Blog

Tuesday 6:25 p.m. Empty Bowl Zendo, Church of the Redeemer, Morristown, NJ (Ray Cicetti Sensei 973-984-6343; Empty Bowl Zendo)

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Mt. Manresa, 239 Fingerboard Rd., Staten Island, NY; beginners: 7:15 p.m. (Ken Byalin Sensei 347-581-4147; Zen Community of Staten Island)

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. White Plains Interfaith Zen at St. Bartholomew's Church, White Plains, NY (Russ Michel 914-403-3623; White Plains Zen)

Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Our Lady's Chapel, University Church (basement), Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458 (David Storey 908-399-1724)

Wednesday 6:50 p.m. All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue at 80th St., NYC (Paul Schubert Sensei/Peggy Schubert:; City Tiger Zen at All Souls)

tbc: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, Unitarian Church, 28 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset, NY (,

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Tabor House, St Anthony's, Oceanside, NY (Madeline Larsen 516-678-6614; Tabor Retreat Center)

Thursday 6:15 p.m. Dragon's Eye Zendo, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31rd St, , NYC (Michael Holleran Sensei:, 646-221-9794)

Thursday 6:15-7:45 p.m. City Mountain Zendo, 15 Eastman Rd., Somerville, MA.Open for sitting during the week. (Tim Butler 617-776-3465)

Thursday 6:30 p.m. Clear Mountain Zendo, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ (Carl Bachmann Sensei 201-486-3947; Clear Mountain Zen Center)

Thursday and Friday 6:45 a.m. Empty Bowl Zendo, Church of the Redeemer, Morristown, NJ (Ray Cicetti Sensei 973-984-6343; Empty Bowl Zendo)

Thursday 7:00 p.m. Kenner, LA 35 Schill Ave. (Deirdra LoPinto:, 504-443-1115)

Thursday 6:15 p.m., The Oratory, 111 Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Christopher Smith:, 718 875 2096)

Thursday 7:30 p.m. St. Mary's Chapel, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (K. Deignan 914-633-2233)

Saturday 7:00-8:00 a.m. Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (Robert Drucker; Holy Trinity Catholic Church)

Links, articles & photos
White Plum Asanga, general listings:

Lassalle Haus, Switzerland (Nicolas Brantschen):

Wild Goose Sangha, UK (Patrick Eastman Sensei):

The Pathless Path, AZ (Pat Hawk):

Benediktushof in Holzkirchen, Germany (Willigis Jaegar):

Maria Kannon Zen Center, TX (Ruben Habito):

Bodhi Zendo, India (Ama Samy):

Chicago, Ill.(Liz Hulsizer):

Flowing River Zendo, Dallas, PA (Barbara Craig Sensei):

Silver Spring Zendo, Silver Spring, MD (Rose Mary Dougherty Sensei):

Sun Mountain Zendo, Brisbane, Australia (Cecile and Mervyn Lander):

White Plains Zen, White Plains, NY (Russ Michel):

Zen Community of Staten Island (Ken Byalin Sensei):

Janet Richardson Roshi, Charles Birx Sensei, Ellen Birx Sensei, Janet Abels Sensei, Gregory Abels Sensei, Ray Cicetti Sensei, Kevin Hunt Sensei, Paul Schubert Sensei, Patrick Eastman Sensei, Carl Genjo Bachmann Sensei

Calligraphy, News, articles, photos and Podcasts

News and Notes from the Sangha

James Fredericks, Horizons, Spring 2002

Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Commonweal, January 11, 2002

National Catholic Reporter podcast April 27, 2007, Robert Kennedy:

November 26, 2008 Brenda Shoshanna radio interview:

John Main Seminar, London 2009 photos:

Retreat Photos Including White Plum Asanga Meeting:

Inisfada Retreat Photos: