Accessing Abbey Programs Online

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The Abbey uses two platforms for our online programs and courses – YouTube Live and Zoom. This page teaches how to use these two platforms.

Individual events and programs may use one or both of these platforms. Look at the event listing for event-specific information. Registration may be needed to access Zoom.

If you have any additional questions about connecting to Abbey teachings or discussion groups on YouTube and Zoom, please contact our tech support or the Abbey office. Please note that these addresses are monitored before and after retreat sessions only.


Zoom is an online platform for video and audio conferencing. The Abbey uses it to host discussion groups during our online courses and events. Please have your first and last name visible so we can identify registered participants.

For online discussion groups taking place on monthly Sharing the Dharma Days, we will send information on how to join via the YouTube chat box at the end of the morning teaching.

For online discussion groups taking place during retreats or courses, we will send information on how to join to registered participants only from [email protected]

If you are using Zoom for the first time, you will need to download the Zoom app to your computer or mobile device. Otherwise, you will be promoted to download and install Zoom when you click on a link to join a meeting.

Please make sure that your display name on Zoom matches the name that you registered with, if this is a registration-based event.

Watch this to learn how to create a Zoom account and how to change your name before joining the meeting

When you click the link to connect, Zoom will open and it will look something like this (note: this is screenshot from the desktop version of Zoom and on a device it will look different):

1) View: Here you can change the view. Zoom has two views: Gallery View where all participants are visible at once, and Speaker View where active speaker is visible. One can switch between these two views anytime.

2) Mic & camera options: Here you can mute or unmute your microphone and camera. Clicking on the up-arrow icon at the microphone or camera will also allow you to select different mics and cameras if your computer has more than one. We recommend muting your microphone and turning off your camera when you are not using it during the meeting to minimize bandwidth usage.

Additional links on how to use Zoom:

Joining by phone

You don’t have to have a computer or notebook to join the discussions.  For info on joining by phone, go to

You can use these keypad commands to participate in the discussion.

  • *6 – Toggle mute/unmute
  • *9 – Raise hand

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