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About Two Rivers

 About Two Rivers Zen Community 


The Two Rivers Zen Community – Bendowa Temple is located at 76 Main St. 2nd Fl. Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764. TRZC serves to make Zen Buddhist practice and study in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition truly accessible to the Upper Delaware River region and the surrounding areas.

We offer introduction to zazen (Zen meditation)*, zazenkai (day-long retreats), traditional services; Zen studies classes and special events including retreats, workshops led by visiting teachers and ongoing one-on-one private instructions for review and refinement on a regular basis. **

The Two Rivers Zen Community meets at Bendowa Temple located at 76 Main St., 2nd floor, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764 [Please note: Mailing Address: TRZC, 3 hilltop Road, P.O. Box 35, Tyler Hill, PA, 18469   Main Street Zendo is formally designated as “Bendowa Temple” “Bendowa” means “Wholehearted Practice of the Way.” We emphasize practice at Two Rivers.

Welcome to Newcomers

Two Rivers Zen Community extends a warm welcome to all newcomers, regardless of whether you are an experienced Zen practitioner or you are new to Zen. We hope that you will find a supportive community at Two Rivers that will strengthen and deepen your practice and awareness.

Donation for sitting

 The Two Rivers Zen Center is completely self-sufficient and relies on your generosity to meet our major expenses, which include rent, utilities, postage, printing, supplies the upkeep of our center and the cost of visiting teachers.

We suggest a $10 donation for non-members for Sunday programs. Our Dana [donation] Bowl is on the honor system, so we ask for, and are very grateful for, your particular attention to this matter each time you participate with us.

Guidelines for Newcomers

Please read these simple guidelines before your first visit to Two Rivers.

If you are new to Zen, even if you have done other forms of meditation, you will need to take our short orientation, offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 A.M. before our regularly scheduled program. This orientation is also open to you if you feel a need for a refresher. Orientations are offered only by advanced reservation. This is important so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Reservations can be made by contacting us via the comments box below. Please make sure to include your email address so that we can send you a confirmation.


We invite you to further your commitment to Zen practice by becoming a member and supporting the zendo that creates the structure for your practice to develop. The Two Rivers Zen Community is a totally self-sustaining sangha. Membership dues, donations and book sales and classes are our sole means of support.

Membership Benefits                                                                                                                                      

Donation waiver for all scheduled sittings, services, dharma talks;

Substantially reduced fees for retreats and workshops;

One-to-one meetings with the teachers (available to members only);

Internet Interviews for Long-Distance Members

Free access to Dharma talks  [note: catalog available on request];

First preference for all program registration;

Use of zendo for private sitting;

Dues are tax deductible;

Membership Rate

$60 monthly

$40 Full-time Academic Student Membership

$30 Long-Distance Membership

Make checks payable to TRZC Please mark DUES on the check and mail to: TRZC, P.O. Box 405, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764 or, leave cash, check or money order at the zendo

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* Introduction to Zen form and practice available Sundays at 9:00 A.M. by previous appointment via email to: or via the comments box below please make sure to leave your email address so that we can send you a confirmation.

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