Directions and Current Ango|
Our Sitting Schedule:
During the Fall Advent and Spring Lenten Ango (a period of intense practice), Roshi usually presents a reading each weekday that he is not travelling to support the deepening of our practice.(Currently this feature is inactive; however you can listen to old ango recordings which are very good). To listen daily, connect with others during the Ango, and offer your comments and reflections, please click Ango Readings.|
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 during the first 9 a.m. sitting on Saturday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. if you plan to come.
||Monday to Friday
||9 a.m.-11 with option for all-day sitting
How to get here:
We are located at 50 Glenwood Avenue, Apt. 309, Jersey City, NJ 07306|
Tel: 201-985-1515; email: email@example.com
Sesshins (retreats), Ango & Special Events
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
Regional sittings (Kennedy Roshi attends as his schedule allows)
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.
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. New: there will be an all day sesshin on the last Saturday of every month.If you intend to do the all day sitting, please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. July and August there are no formal sittings, but there will be open sittings on the regular schedule and you are welcome to come at any time.
2017 last Saturday of every month, all day sitting Morning Star Zendo 9-4. (Please register if you will be participating in the all-day sitting by email to email@example.com)
April 20-23 2017 Benedictine Monastery, Fr. Peter Funk, Beaumont, TX
July 19-25, 2017 Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita Kenny, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123)
July 28- 30, 2017 Luisne, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow Ireland (www.luisne.ie); email: email@example.com; 011 353 1 201 0001
August 12, 2017 Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
August 14, 2017 Seattle Zen Center
August 20-25, 2017 Summer Sesshin at Mercy by the Sea Retreat House in Madison, CT. Contact joann,firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15 to 17, 2017 Ecuador. Contact Monica Maher, email@example.com
Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017 San Antonio Texas Oblate School of Theology
October 6-9, 2017 Ronkonkoma Cenacle, 310 Cenacle Road, PO Box 4005, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430. Phone registration, using credit card payment, is available by contacting Pat at the Cenacle at (631) 588-8366.
November 9-12, 2017 Jesuit Spirituality Center, Grand Coteau, LA 337 662 5251
October 22-24 2017 Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght Village, Dublin (Anita Kenny, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 011 353 (1) 404 8123)
October 27-29, 2017 Black Mountain Zen Centre Servite Priory, Benburb Co. Tyrone
March 1-4 , 2018 The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.
April 5-8, 2018 Benedictine Monastery, Beaumont, TX (Fr. Peter Funk)
October 25-28, 2018 Benedictine Monastery, Fr. Peter Funk, Beaumont, TX
2018 tbc Copper Beech Institute (303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107) View details and registration at https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org
Zen silent retreats are open to persons of all religious and non-religious affiliations; they 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.
"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).
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.
From Jesuit Father General Nicolas:
"I am fascinated by the fact that every culture has its own wisdom.....we need to bring in the wisdom of other traditions..in a community where you have Christians and Muslims and Buddhists...(and Jews) you have a very wise community."
As a religious organization, donations to MSZ are tax exempt.
Links, articles & photos
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Molloy College, Rockville Center 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 6:50 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Church, 55 W. 15th St., New York (Paul Schubert Sensei/Peggy Schubert: email@example.com; Zen at Xavier
Monday 7:45 p.m.New Moon Zendo, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, N.J.,113 Cottage Pl., (Carl Viggiani, Sensei, 914 714 8621, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 6:45-8:30 p.m.Sky Above Great Wind Zendo, Church of the Holy City, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. (Susan Efird, www.skyabove.org, Efirds@gmail.com
Tuesday &Thursday 7 - 8 a.m. Dancing River Zendo, 2372 St.Claude Street, New Orleans, LA , (Casey Groves/Rachel Whitman 917-969-8698. email@example.com)
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 6:25 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. 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, retreats@DominicansTallaght.org, 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 7:30 p.m. Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, Unitarian Church, 28 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset, NY.( www.in-zen.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
Wednesday 6:15 p.m., The Oratory, 111 Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Christopher Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org, 718 875 2096)
Thursday 6:15 p.m. Dragon's Eye Zendo, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31rd St, , NYC (Michael Holleran Sensei: email@example.com, www.michaelkholleran.org. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.com, 504-443-1115)
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 (www.in-zen.org) )
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):
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 Roshi, Ellen Birx Roshi,
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
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: