Ordinary mind Zendo

The Ordinary Mind Zendo was founded in 1996 by Barry Magid, a Dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck, and is dedicated to her vision of a psychologically minded Zen practice adapted to the needs of American students practicing in the context of their everyday lives. The zendo is a center for non-residential practice and is committed to the proposition that the Dharma can be fully practiced, realized and transmitted in the midst of lay life. Learn more about omz.

Beginner’s instruction is available to those new to Zen practice, while those with many years of experience in other traditions are welcomed to join us in deepening our understanding. Please email Christopher Hawkins at christopher.james.hawkins@gmail.com for more information.



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Next Event

January Sesshin
Jan 10th

Daily Zazen

Tue - Thu 7:00AM - 8:00AM
Mon - Fri 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Saturday at 10:00AM - 12:00PM Zazen and Dharma Talk

Contact Us

107 West 74th Street Apt BR
New York, NY 10023
(917) 608-3348
claire@ordinarymind.com



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OMZ Online Forum

The Ordinary Mind Online Forum / List-Serve is up and running. If you want to participate or have questions, please email Tim Dose: tim@timdose.com


Zendo News

After serving as our OMZ resident student and then abbot for over 7 years, Claire Slemmer will be moving out of the zendo over Labor Day weekend. She will continue to be a frequent presence at OMZ. Replacing her as resident will be long-time student of Barry Magid and teacher-in-training Andrew Tootell and his wife.

Andrew was born in 1956 near Manchester, England and grew up among the abandoned cotton mills with occasional forays on his bicycle into the countryside.

Recent Talks

Rohatsu sesshin - Watching the river flow by all day long

Barry Magid December 6 2014 download talk


Bob Koller - Denkai

Bob Koller November 21 2014 download talk


Andrew Tootell - Denkai

Andrew Tootell November 15 2014 download talk