Ordinary Mind Zendo

Ordinary Mind Zendo was founded in 1996 by Barry Magid, a Dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck. We are dedicated to her vision of a psychologically minded Zen practice adapted to the needs of American students practicing in the context of our everyday lives. Our zendo is committed to the proposition that the Dharma can be fully practiced, realized and transmitted in the midst of lay life.

You can email beginners@ordinarymind.com for beginner's instruction if you're new to Zen practice, or with any questions you might have about our zendo.

Weekly Schedule

The New York zendo is open for in-person sitting for all periods except Monday morning. Our online zendo is open for all sittings and events

Mornings Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. EST
Evenings Monday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
The link to join is www.ordinarymind.com/zoom

Monthly Day-Long Retreats

Monthly sesshin take place the first or second Saturday of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the New York Zendo and via Zoom. The day includes a dharma talk, an opportunity for interview, short liturgies, and zazen. The full schedule can be found on the signup page. Join us and together we will "Open the Dharma Gate of Joy and Ease." Below are registration links to upcoming sesshin.
December Sesshin January Sesshin February Sesshin

Recent Dharma Talks

You can find all dharma talks given at the zendo here - Dharma Talks
You can also subscribe to our podcast to receive new talks - OMZ Podcast

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Student talk My own life is the koan Heather Benson December 31st 2022

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Student talk Did that change my life? Christopher Hawkins December 24th 2022

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Bonsai and how our practice shapes us Barry Magid December 17th 2022

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Rohatsu and the twinkling star Barry Magid December 10th 2022

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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 recent dharma talks from our teachers.
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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

Listen 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