The Chogye International Zen Center of New York was founded in 1975 by Zen Master Seung Sahn who is the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. Addressed by his students as Dae Soen Sa Nim, he arrived in the United States in 1972 and established Zen Centers in the U.S. as well as Europe and Korea. These centers are linked together through the Kwan Um School of Zen.

The Zen Center offers daily practice which includes chanting, bowing, and sitting meditation, an extended sitting practice on Wednesday nights, monthly talks on Zen, and a regular introduction to Zen program. The Center also offers frequent retreats, workshops and one-day sitting intensives.



A brief history about the Zen Center is available in this issue of our newsletter, Woodfish, in which we celebrated our 30th anniversary:



The Zen Center is located at 400 East 14th Street in Manhattan, just east of 1st Avenue. Please remember the buzzer #2D as the Zen Center is not marked from the street. We are steps from the 1st Avenue L train stop, and the M14 & M15 bus stops. We’re also just a short walk from the 14th St. / Union Square stop on the 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L trains.

About the front door buzzer: To ring upstairs, push the (down/up) arrow until “2D” appears on the screen. Then press the bell icon and wait for someone to buzz you through. You will need to repeat these steps before the second door.


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