Regular Programs

Every Day

U.S. Mornings: Monday – Friday
5 am – US Pacific / 8 am – US Eastern / 2 pm – CET

U.S. Evenings: Monday
3:30 pm – US Pacific / 6:30 pm – US Eastern / 12:30 am – CET

U.S. Evenings: Thursday
4 pm – US Pacific / 7 pm – US Eastern / 1 am – CET

European Mornings: Monday – Friday
8 am – CET

SERVICE LEADERS
8 am – New York (ET)
Monday: Reishin Denise Leong
Tuesday: Jozen Jonathon Fielder
Wednesday: Emyo Darlene Tataryn
Thursday: Kevala Deb Hoffmann
Friday: Engo Michael Jackson

6:30 & 7 pm (ET)
Monday: Kensho Len Silverston
Thursday: Ryokan Chris Spicer (includes a 15 min. movement period before meditation)

8 am – Berlin (CET)
Monday: Bussho Martin Boroson
Tuesday: Zenshin Susanne Fiege
Wednesday: Myoshin Stefan Schoch
Thursday: Tendo Govind Vloemans
Friday: Myoshin Stefan Schoch

  • What to expect
  • You will arrive in a waiting room and be let in by the host.
  • Participants are muted upon arrival.
  • You remain in control your video. Please turn off your camera if you must move around.
  • Our host will provide instructions at the start of each session.
  • It is preferable to arrive on time and participate for the entire session, though participants may arrive and leave as necessary.
  • You will be sitting zazen, so please choose a suitable quiet location and wear comfortable clothing.
Mondays

Weekly Practice with Kintsugi Sangha
Attend online or in-person, Hartland, Wisconsin
Every week, 6:30 pm Central / 7:30 pm EST
Find out more details on the sangha website.

Wednesdays

European Morning Service with Zazen
Attend online
First and Third Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am CET (European Morning)
Morning Service, Qigong and Zazen led by Kiku Kanto Eva Hermogenes.

Morning Practice with Open Door Zen
Attend online or in-person, Columbiana, Ohio
Every week, 9:00 am – 10:00 am EST (New York)
Find out more details on the sangha website.

Evening Practice with Zen River
Attend online or in-person, Appleton, Wisconsin
Every week, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Central / 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Find out more details on the sangha website.

Thursdays

Evening Practice with Open Door Zen
Attend online or in-person, Columbiana, Ohio
Every week, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST (New York)
Find out more details on the sangha website.

Evening Practice with Green Bay Zen Center
Attend online or in-person, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Every week, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Central / 7:00 – 8:30 EST
Find out more details on the sangha website.

Every Saturday
Local Time for this Event: 7:30 am CT – 9:30 am CT (Wisconsin)
Join in-person or online with Zen River Sangha in Appleton, WI, every Saturday Morning.
For more details and Zoom information please visit the sangha’s website.

1st Saturdays
Local Time for this Event: 9:00 am CEST (Berlin) / 2:00 am EST (New York)

For our European Sangha members and/or more eastern located people, we offer a monthly morning practice period. We start with the Hollow Bones Morning Service*, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting meditation (Zazen) and some mindful embodiment practice (mostly Qigong). We close with an optional Check-in where you can also ask any arising questions about the practice. This time is also an opportunity to connect to other practitioners around Europe.

Join us for:

Morning Service (~20 minutes)
Zazen (30 minutes)
Qigong (~20 minutes)
Check-In, Q&A, connection (optional)
Please be in your seats at 8:55 to check your technical settings and get settled for the practice.

English is the common language, and due to the fact that the current hosting team is from Germany, we are also able to translate and communicate in German. People from other countries are joining us as well, like Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Russia— feel free to join us from anywhere and we’ll find a way to communicate!

*In order to participate in the Hollow Bones Morning Service, please have a copy of the sutra book.

1st Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (New York)

Meditation & Embodiment is a 90-minute led practice of seated meditation and conscious embodiment. Both of these practices are foundational to the Hollow Bones Zen dharma – meditation cultivates wisdom; embodiment cultivates compassion. Eventually, wisdom and compassion are not two and we take our seat in Clear Deep Heart/Mind.

Further, through the stability of mind developed in meditation, and the attunement to our embodied experience through conscious embodiment practices, we are better able to get the deeper information out of our feelings. In real-time, we are able to say “No!” to the reactive pattern, “Know!” the deeper truth, and step into “What now?” with clarity. 

2nd Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (New York)

Sunday sangha is an opportunity to come together for philosophical reorientation and insight practice. Without a skillful cognitive understanding, the power of meditative practice is limited; without personal realization through meditative experience, a new philosophy does little to end our suffering.

In this 75-minute practice period, hosts will lead you through what we call the “short form” of ritual practice. This includes an abbreviated morning service, meditation, a short talk or reading, and dharma discussion. The recitation of the dharma preceding the meditation is a wonderful way to prepare yourself to still the mind and open the heart. While the ensuing discussion is a place to check and expand our understanding of living zen.

Sunday Sangha Schedule: All Times in Eastern Time (ET)

11:00 am Brief Check in
11:05 am Short Morning Service *
11:15 am Meditation
11:40 am Short Break
11:45 am Topic & Discussion
12:10 am Closing Check in
12:15 am Departure

* Short Service: pgs. 1-4 + 9-11

3rd Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (New York)

Informal conversations with clergy! Zendo Hours is an opportunity to gather together as a community to discuss… anything! The Three Refuges of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are three strands in one rope, anchoring us in our spiritual way of life. With senior Hollow Bones practitioners present to facilitate the discussion, we connect and explore together whatever is “up” for those in attendance.

4th Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST (New York)
Sign up required. Next session in 2024.

Contemplations is a seasonal study group, meeting on the 4th Sunday of each month, that explores various dharma teachings. Each season’s host will lead discussion through the selected topics and materials.

Due to the nature of this activity, this program requires registration and will be closed to newcomers after the season starts. We request that you set the sincere intention to come to all sessions of a particular topic. Timely communication will allow us to support you should you know you will miss a session.

Basic Format: All Times in Eastern Time (ET)

11:00 am Meditation
11:10 am Check-in
11:20 am Open Discussion on Selected Material

12:05 pm Check-in
12:15 pm Close

5th Sundays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (New York)
Hear a talk from Taiso.