OMZ Reopening and Practice Schedule

Orindary Mind has reopened our physical space in New York on a limited schedule to everyone who is fully vaccinated. Mask wearing is optional. Please review the disclaimer

Re-opening our physical zendo will not impact our current online schedule in any way. All that will change is that those who are in the local area and are fully vaccinated will have the option to sit together in person.

Some days the jikido will ring the bells from the physical space, and other days the jikido may be in upstate New York, Colorado, or Pakistan. It’s such an exciting time for us, and we are looking forward to growing together.

The link to join all of our remote events is

Sitting Schedule

Morning Evening
Monday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The highlighted sessions have the option of in-person attendance at the NY Zendo.
Please review the disclaimer if you would like to attend.

In-person Practice Disclaimer

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

We are doing everything we can to be compliant with all regulations and ensure your safety. We have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but we cannot guarantee that you or family members will not become infected with COVID-19.

By participating in programs, services, and activities at the Ordinary Mind Zendo, you agree to the following:

On behalf of yourself and your children, you hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Ordinary Mind Zendo, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to your participation in our programs, services or activities.

You understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of this organization, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any such program, service or activity.

If you are coming in person you may find the following resources from the CDC helpful.
- CDC guidelines and precautions updated regularly as new guidelines develop
- Choosing Safer Activities

Sitting at Ordinary Mind Zendo

Mornings and evenings we sit for two twenty-five minute periods with a five minute walking meditation between. On Thursday evening we do a short chanting liturgy in the second period. When attending during the week, please arrive by five minutes before the hour. If this will be your first time attending, please arrange for beginner's instruction by emailing

On Saturdays we sit for three periods beginning at 10:00 AM EST. Barry Magid gives a dharma talk during the second period and afterwards offers dokusan to anyone who would like to see him. At 11:30PM we hold a discussion group until 12:30PM.

Monthly Sesshin

Every month, usually on the first Saturday, we hold a day long sesshin from 9:00AM until 5:00PM. The day consists of zazen, chanting, yoga, a dharma talk, dokusan, and oryoki lunch. It's a wonderful way to deepen your practice. A link to our next sesshin can be found on the homepage.