Support Us

Maintaining space in New York City is very costly and our rent is high.  Your support allows us to continue our work here, where we can touch so many lives and the ripples can spread. Income from our members, students and programs covers only a limited portion of our annual expenses. We rely on the generous support of donors to keep our doors open.

What your support makes possible:

Full Meditation Schedule — At the heart of our practice is meditation. We are committed to having it be accessible to all and our schedule is unusually ample. Our doors are open for morning, midday, and evening meditation most days of the week.

Formal Teachings — We maintain a rich schedule of dharma talks twice a week. Once a month we offer a full-day retreat. Private interview with a teacher is available with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and members of the Village Zendo teaching staff throughout the week.  Guest teachers from around the country often visit to give talks or workshops.

Retreats — We hold two residential retreats a year in locations outside the city. We also hold one urban non-residential retreat within the city.

Programs — Our programming ranges from introductory classes on Zen Buddhism to classes on everything from koans and traditional Buddhist texts, to Zen and the arts, to living with aging to the science of the mind. In March 2011 we launched an eight-month program called The Path of Service emphasizing one of our core missions: to serve the world with wisdom and compassion.

Scholarship Fund — As our membership grows, we have an increasing need to offer support to those who don’t have the financial means to attend our retreats and programs. This support comes from our Scholarship Fund, sustained solely by individual donations.

Podcast — Dharma talks are recorded and offered online at no charge. Donations help to cover the costs of recording, storing and designing this on-line offering.

Prison Outreach — We conduct a weekly program of meditation, Buddhist services and Dharma talks at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY. 

Bequests: An Enduring Legacy

Another way to support the Village Zendo is by remembering us in your will. Your act of generosity will leave a lasting benefit for others, helping to assure that Zen practice and teaching are sustained in the future. For information about the bequest program, or for a copy of our bequest brochure, please email

The Village Zendo is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, Federal tax identification number 13-3922787.

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