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, located at 50 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City , 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. Please email register.
Our Sitting Schedule:
Monday to Friday 5:30-7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-11 with option for all-day sitting
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
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. An ango is usually offered at MSZ during Advent and Lent.

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.

Sesshin Schedule
Every Saturday there is a sitting from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by brunch and samu, with an option to stay for continued sitting. At 4 p.m. liturgy will be offered if a celebrant is available. The upcoming quarterly all day sesshins are. November 22, New Years, first week of Lent and Summer tba


December 6, 2015 Sunday 9 a.m. all day sesshin, Molloy College, Rockville Centr, NY ( December 18-20, 2015 Stella Maris Retreat Center 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, New Jersey 07740. Scroll down for retreat details.

February 16, 2016 Villanova University, Villanova, PA 11 am - 2pm (Linda Jaczynski)

February 26-29, 2016 Sacha Ji Quito, Ecuador Contact Monica Maher:

April 2, 2016 College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (

April 10, 2016 10 a.m. Fordham University program, Interfaith Chapel at the United Nations,

April 14-17, 2016 Beaumont, TX

April 23, 2016 details to follow

May 20-22, 2016 Copper Beech Institute (303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107) View details and registration at

May 27- June 1, 2016 The Ammerdown Centre Radstock, Bath, Somerset BA3 5SW (; 01761 433709)

June 3-5, 2016 Oblate Retreat Center, Crewe, Cheshire, UK (,

July 2016, Nano Nagle Center, Mallow, Ct. Cork, Ireland (,Tel:00353-(0)22-26411

July 20-26, 2016, Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita,, Tel. (01) 404 8189)

July 29-31, 2016 Luisne, Ireland (

October 7-10, 2016 Ronkonkoma Cenacle, 310 Cenacle Road, PO Box 4005, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430, Tel: 631-588-8366, Inisfada Zen group.(

October, 2016 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA 337 662 5251

February 3-7, 2017 Copper Beech Institute (303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107) View details and registration at

Upcoming Retreats
December 18-20, 2015
Stella Maris Retreat Center
981 Ocean Avenue Elberon, NJ 07740 email:

December retreat fee for two nights is $260. Checks should be made out to Morning Star Zendo and sent Morning Star Zendo Apt. 309 at 50 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City, NJ 0730 .For simplicity of accounting and limited staff, please send full payment. Refunds will be made if needed. Be sure to indicate special food needs and advise if you are handicapped. It is essential to include your full snail mail address and EMAIL ADDRESS. In case of overflow, space may be available at St.Alphonsus Retreat House, Long Branch, NJ. Please contact them directly (Mary).

These silent retreats are 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 the first 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 the last day with mid-day 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)

Tuesday evening Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Mary McGrane) (Anita,, Tel. (01) 404 8189)

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)

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)

Sunday 8:00-9.30 a.m. Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY ( )

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

News, articles, photos and
News and Notes from the Sangha

James Fredericks, Horizons, Spring 2002

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

John Main Seminar, London 2009 photos:

Retreat Photos Including White Plum Asanga Meeting:

Inisfada Retreat Photos: