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 MagidSeptember 19th 2020 The Art of Losing

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Barry MagidSeptember 12th 2020 Moment after Moment - Wrong, Wrong, Wong

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Barry MagidAugust 1st 2020 Atonement and Acknowledgement in Zen

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Peter NicholsJuly 25th 2020 Not dismissing ordinary life

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Barry MagidJuly 18th 2020 Making commitment real through action

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Barry MagidJuly 11th 2020 Your true self is not deep inside

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Barry MagidJune 27th 2020 Perspectives on the True Self

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Barry MagidJune 20th 2020 Our true self is who we are on the streets


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