Zen Center of New York City

About This Center

Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple is a refuge for spiritual practitioners in New York City. With a regular schedule of morning and evening zazen, Saturday workshops and meditation intensives, a Sunday Morning Program, and residential opportunities, you’ll find support and inspiration for practicing at home and at work in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Newcomers are invited to attend beginning instruction in zazen meditation during the Sunday Morning Program each week. Please see the website for details.


Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple is located at 500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Our phone number is (contact info blocked). The Temple is in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, between Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues two blocks from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Almost every subway line and the Long Island Rail Road stop within three blocks of the temple.

Atlantic Avenue: D,Q,2,3,4,5
Nevins Street: 2,3,4,5
Pacific Street: N,R,B,M
Take the LIRR to Flatbush Avenue (Atlantic Ave subway stop).

Atlantic Avenue: From the subway follow exit signs that read “Hanson Place, Flatbush Ave., LIRR, BAM.” Reaching the street, locate the clock tower on your immediate right. With it at your back, cross the large intersection (Flatbush Ave.). Turn right, past Radio Shack until you reach State Street. Go left, walk a block, cross Third Ave., and the temple is the first building on the left after the YWCA.

Pacific Street: Look for the clock tower. Walk towards it. When you reach the light (Atlantic Ave.), make a left and walk a block to Third Ave. Turn right, go one block to State Street, and make a left. The temple will be on your left.

Nevins Street: Look for the clock tower and walk towards it down Flatbush Ave. for one and a half blocks. Turn right at Third Ave. Go two blocks to State Street, cross it, and make a right. The temple will be on your left.

Hoyt-Schmerhorn: At the station, take the Bond Street exit. Look for the clock tower and walk towards it. Go right on Bond Street and go one block to State Street. Make a left on State, go one and a half blocks (crossing Nevins) and the temple will be on your right.

Via Brooklyn Bridge: Continue straight off the bridge on Adams Street. Go through the Fulton Street intersection. Turn left on State Street.

Via Manhattan Bridge: Coming off the bridge, go straight on Flatbush Avenue. Make a right on Nevins Street, then a left on State Street.

From Long Island or Queens: Take the LIE to the BQE. Take BQE to Exit 29 for Tillary Street. Take Tillary to Flatbush Avenue. Make a left onto Flatbush, then right on Nevins Street and left on State Street.

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