Ordinary Mind Zendo

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.

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 us at contact@ordinarymind.com for more information.


Remote Practice and COVID-19

Ordinary Mind will be closed as we all do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To support our practice from afar, the Zendo is making a number of offerings throughout the week. We encourage everyone - members, occasional sitters, complete strangers - to join us if you like. Click below for details.


Recent Dharma Talks

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Barry MagidFebruary 27th 2021 There are no arbiters of reality

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Barry MagidFebruary 20th 2021 One moon in the sky

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Barry MagidFebruary 13th 2021 Four perspectives on Zen to hold in mind

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Barry MagidFebruary 6th 2021 The boundless context we find ourselves in

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Barry MagidJanuary 30th 2021 What is a teacher for in Zen?

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Barry MagidJanuary 23rd 2021 What we are is inseparable from when we are

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Barry MagidJanuary 16th 2021 Reknitting the tears in Indra's net

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Barry MagidJanuary 9th 2021 You can enter your life from any direction


Ordinary Bodhisattvas

Ordinary Mind Zendo is a non profit organization that depends entirely on the generosity of people like you for its continued existence. If sitting with us, listening to our talks, or supporting a Zen center in New York City is in line with your values, please consider making a donation here.

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Stay in touch with Ordinary Mind Zendo

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

The newsletter will keep you up to date with our monthly schedule, sangha news, and transcribed dharma talks from our teachers.
Click here to subscribe.

Join our Google group

The Ordinary Mind google group is a place to share articles, poetry, and trade stories. To participate please email us at
developer@ordinarymind.com

Like us on Facebook

Ordinary Mind also stays in touch with the sangha and the wider world through Facebook. Like us for updates on events and words from Barry.

Subscribe to Our Podcast

We will be releasing Dharma talks and other content via podcast on a weekly basis. Check it out if you need something to listen to on your commute!
OMZ Podcast

Ask Barry A Question

Barry will answer your questions in short episodes on the podcast. For more information and to submit a question, check out the link below.
Ask Barry