The Zendo is open for in-person activities. Click here for details.

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

Even as Ordinary Mind begins to open we will support our practice from afar. We encourage everyone - members, occasional sitters, complete strangers - to join us if you like. Click below for details.


Next Sesshin

December Sesshin will take place Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the New York Zendo and via Zoom. The day will include a dharma talk, an opportunity for dokusan, short liturgies, and zazen. A simple Oryoki lunch will also be provided. The full schedule can be found on the signup page. If you are attending in person, please register by Thursday evening to help plan for lunch.

We thank everyone who attends our retreats. The zendo depends on your attendance and generosity. Thanks to your presence we're able to continue to offer these programs.

You can register here.


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 recent 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

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