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Getting Started with Zazen
Some Suggestions on Practice
The Existential Buddhist
Directions to White Plains Zen
Web Page of Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. Roshi
Inisfada Zen
Clear Mountain Zen Center
The Empty Bowl Zen Community of Morristown, NJ Website
Hudson River Zen Center


White Plains Zen meets weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:00pm at Saint Bartholomew's Church.


If you are new to Zen please arrive at 6:45 for a brief introduction.

Our Practice:

Zazen: seated meditation involves working with the body, breath, and mind: entering into deep silence and stillness, opening to a fresh awareness.  It opens the eye to wisdom and the heart to compassion.  Our practice emphasizes the practice of zazen, recognizing it as a way for people to deepen their insight of their true self... To Awaken!

Becoming a Member

There are no membership requirements.   We are an interfaith group and are not bound by any religion. Everyone from all walks of life and from all religious or non-religious backgrounds are welcome to sit with us.  There are no fees or dues, however, donations are accepted via the Offering Bowl.

White Plains Zen

White Plains Zen, a sittting group started in Feburary 2002 is affiliated with Morning Star Zendo in Jersey City NJ. All are part of the White Plum Asanga, in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi.              

Our guiding teacher: 
Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. Roshi.


White Plains Zen Sangha is a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO) based at the Maezumi Institute in Montague, MA. This is an open and free association of Zen groups, either in the lineage of Bernard Glassman, Roshi , or practicing zen and socially engaged spirituality. The purpose of the cooperative efforts of the affiliating groups is to maintain zen practice, realization and actualization, and to nurture, promote and creatively transform zen traditions. The mission, vision and unifying principles of Zen Peacemakers can be read at or by contacting the ZPS Coordinator, Sally Sonen Kealy at

Upcoming Retreats
(Email for more info)


Upcoming Guest Teachers

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    Please Join us on September, 16th

    Guest Teacher

    Michael Koryu Holleran, Sensei

    We are fortunate to have Sensei Michael Koryu Holleran visit with us. Michael is a Dharma Heir of Robert Kennedy, SJ, Roshi. He will sit, offer daisan (one to one teaching) in the second period and a Dharma talk in the last period.
    Michael lived as a Carthusian monk for 22 years,
    (a Carthusian monastery can sometimes be described as a community of hermits), seven of which were at the Grande Chartreuse, subject of the film 'Into Great Silence'.   For the last twenty years, he has been serving as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of New York.

    Please join us!


    Reminder: Sunday Soup Kitchen October 12th hosted by White Plains Zen.

    There is a REAL NEED!  

    Email for details if you would like to help! 

    Also: Please consider donating any clothes that you may not need.

    This simple act of compassion will help. 

    9/21 • NYC
    Join the Largest
    Climate March
    In History.

    White Plains Zen is currently one of 1,000 organizations —including many Buddhist organizations and other faith communities — that is supporting the September 21st People’s Climate March in New York City in support of international cooperation to limit carbon emissions and climate change. The march is timed to precede the United Nations conference on climate change — to be attended by many of the world’s leaders — in October.

    Those members of White Plains Zen who wish to participate will be meeting up on September 21st with members of other New York City Sanghas including the Brooklyn Zen Center, Buddhist Council of NY, Buddhist Global Relief, Downtown Meditation Community, The Interdependence Project, New York Insight, Rock Blossom Sangha, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, Shantideva Meditation Center, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the Village Zendo, and Zen Center of New York City.

    In order to get timely information about joining this Buddhist contingent, you can sign up here:

    I know the event organizers are hoping for this to be the largest environmental demonstration ever — they are aiming for about 500,000 participants to send a clear message about the urgency of global warming and the necessity for action now. They already have a permit to march from the New York City police, and intend this to be a peaceful and reverent event.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Yours in the dharma,

    Seth Zuiho Segall

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    Mailing Address:
    St Bartholomew’s Church 
    82 Prospect Street
    White Plains, NY 10606