• Everything changes in this world, but flowers will open each spring just as usual. –Zen Poem
  • Spiritual Empowerment: Happiness from the Inside Out

    Sitting still, focusing on our breath and just listening are keys to knowing, training, and changing not only our minds, but our world. Eliminate fear, anxiety and anger. Gain self-mastery and love. Join this teacher, author and Zen Life Coach and learn how to live in harmony with whatever life brings.

    Schedule: Five Mondays, June 2 - June 30, 7:30-9:00PM
    $125 member; $140 non-member

    Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
    Makom Center – 7th Floor

    For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708 or
    click on this link and scroll down to:
    Spiritual Empowerment: Happiness from the Inside Out


    Imperfect Partners: Making it Work

    A Practical Spiritual Approach to Being a Couple

    Do you feel that you are the only one committed to your relationship or that you could do better with someone else? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be in a relationship with someone like you? Do these feelings occur in every relationship you have? If so, it's time to look within your relationship and not outside of it. Whether you're 19 or 90, come learn that it's never too late to make things better. In this experiential workshop led by Nancy O'Hara and Michael Levine, you and your partner will learn to be together in a new and exciting way.

    Join Nancy O'Hara and Michael Levine for this new series.

    Schedule: Tuesdays, March 18 - April 8, 7:00-9:00PM
    $275 per couple

    Location: The JCC in Manhattan
    334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
    Makom Center – 7th Floor
    For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708

    All Day Silent Sit

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    9:00AM - 5:00PM

    This unique and refreshing day of silence will include:

    • chanting

    • sitting meditation

    • walking meditation

    • vegetarian lunch served and eaten in silence

    • Dharma talk

    • tea, dessert and conversation

    Space is limited so please reserve your seat soon by phone 212-866-0730 or email

    Cost: $65
    Location: Upper West Side of Manhattan
    (exact location will be given upon registration)

    Reservations and payment due by April 7
    (some scholarship money is available
    call 212-866-0730 or email Nancy for more information)


    Zen Life Coaching

    "Better & longer lasting than a massage."

    Guidance to help you establish a daily spiritual practice to tame those racing thoughts and keep your life in balance.

    Private one-on-one full hour sessions at your convenience.
    In person, on the phone or via Skype.

    Call or email for fees and availability. (I do offer a sliding scale for those with limited income.)


    Introduction to Meditation:
    Creating a Daily Practice

    A daily meditation practice is an important key to serenity. In this class, author, teacher and Zen life coach Nancy O'Hara will show us how to establish and maintain a daily practice. Using Zen teachings, zazen (sitting in dynamic stillness); and mindfulness (present moment awareness) we will cultivate our practice together and begin to create greater peace and harmony in our lives.

    The class will include instruction on how to sit still in the correct posture to help develop concentration and self-discipline; breathing exercises to increase focus, clarity and equanimity; and movement exercises (gentle yoga and walking meditation) to make clear that meditation is not a static activity, but rather a strategy for mindfulness in all situations. Each class will include sitting in silence, mindful listening, reading spiritual literature and sharing experience.
    Schedule TBA
    Location: New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street

    Please call or email to confirm schedule, register and get directions.
    Prepayment required for all events.
    Schedule and fees subject to change.
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  • Quotes From Students

    I finally learned to meditate in a loving and supportive environment after trying for years on my own without success. –Suzanne


    I tremendously enjoyed the 6-week Intro to Meditation course. I’ve wanted to meditate for years and this course finally gave me what I needed to have a regular “sitting” practice. –Joan


    The class has been amazing for me. It has opened so many doors and helped me get in touch with my highest and most pure self. I feel honored to have been in Nancy O’Hara’s presence and I can’t wait to take the tools I have learned in her class into the next stage of my life. Thank you Nancy. –Kalae


    A wonderful combination of theory and practice and a great way to establish a daily practice. –Nicole


    I enjoyed this class because I felt so welcome and free. I never felt judged by the instructor or other students, which I think made this class so meaningful and effective for me. –Sarah


    This class was amazing, I got to learn to stay still and quiet the noise. My day was a lot clearer and present than in my head about what happened yesterday and who upset me and what do I need to do for Today! –Hasime


    This was a great introduction to meditation. I especially enjoyed the class readings. I’ve found it very challenging to meditate but I will keep trying. –Janet


    “You will find patience, calm, peace in your life with Nancy, I promise.” –Vanessa


    “Nancy’s teachings have opened the door to a serene, present and judgment free way of living. Thank you.” –Brenna


    “A wonderful experience. I believe I’m finally building a meditation practice. I feel more centered and present. I would definitely take this, or another, class with Nancy.” –Liz


    “I really enjoyed the class and I would have liked for the course to be longer. I will definitely continue with my meditation practice. I absolutely enjoyed reading the book (Find a Quiet Corner).” –Open Center Student